Most people when they talk about Wisconsin, brag about the state. Of course, anywhere is better than Illinois, right? Well, every state has it's favorite towns, but some towns don't seem to measure up.

For a lot of Illinoisians, we try to "escape to Wisconsin", especially on the weekends. For those in Packer country, some towns are better than others.

The Website Roadsnacks recently did a study of our "chedder-loving" friends to the north and determined the Worst places to live in Wisconsin.

The website analyzed 165 of the state’s most populous cities, and came up with the list.

The criteria:

  • Population Density
  • Highest Unemployment Rates
  • Income for residents
  • High Housing Vacancy Rate
  • Education levels
  • Crime rates

 Here is the list of the 25 Worst Places to Live in Wisconsin

  1. Merrill
  2. Rhinelander
  3. Beloit
  4. Ashland
  5. Marinette
  6. Wisconsin Rapids
  7. Waupaca
  8. Rice Lake
  9. Antigo
  10. Racine
  11. Stevens Point
  12. Green Bay
  13. Milwaukee
  14. Baraboo
  15. Wausau
  16. Chippewa Falls
  17. Prairie Du Chien
  18. Berlin
  19. New London
  20. Portage
  21. Fond Du lac
  22. Tomah
  23. Shawano
  24. Marshfield
  25. Manitowoc

Do you agree with these rankings? What towns should be added or removed from the list?


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