11 Best Places to Retire in Wisconsin

Wisconsin has a low unemployment rate and a top-notch university system—both compelling pluses for people thinking of settling there. But for retirees, residents say, it’s the warmth and neighborliness of the communities that makes The Badger State an especially easy place to relocate to. As former professor Joanne Miller, 75, who retired to Eu Claire from the Monterrey Peninsula of California, puts it, “There’s always someone who’s willing to shovel your driveway, to help you in an emergency. You can’t beat the friendly people here. Insidermonkey experts made a list of 11 best places to retire in Wisconsin.

For retirees, the biggest downside—other than the high income-tax rate—may be the climate: January lows average just above 6 degrees F. Plus, there are quite a few towns up north that are not only are snowy and cold, but remote (much of northern Wisconsin is heavily forested) with few amenities. Still, the warmth of the residents makes up for the chill of the climate, and that—plus the outdoor recreation and reasonable real estate prices—makes this state an interesting option for retirees. You can also take a look at this list of 10 cheapest countries to live like a king.

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