These Are The 10 Best Places Places In Wisconsin To Get A Job

These places in the Badger State just got promoted to CEO.

Chris Kolmarby Chris KolmarRankings - 2 years ago

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If you’re starting to look for a job in Wisconsin, you’ve come to the right place.

You might think off the top of your head that Madison would be an excellent place to find a job. And while the capital does offer many opportunities, it isn’t the best in the state according to the data.

Here at Zippia, we aim to answer questions like this using cold hard facts and analysis. So we set our sights on determining the best place in Wisconsin to find a job.

After analyzing all 64 plus places in Wisconsin, we came up with this list as the best places for jobs in the Badger State:

  1. Madison
  2. Platteville
  3. Onalaska
  4. Fitchburg
  5. Verona
  6. Waunakee
  7. Monroe
  8. Menomonie
  9. Middleton
  10. Oregon

So listen up Merrill as we explain how we created this ranking, you could learn some things from the rest of the state.

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How We Determined The Best Places For Jobs In Badger State

We first researched detailed data on all places in Wisconsin. However, in order to properly compare places in an apples-to-apples manner, we set a minimum population threshold of 5,000 people.

This left us with 64 places in Wisconsin to analyze.

We then ranked each place across a number of criteria from one to 64, with one being the best.

We took the average rank across all criteria, with the place posting the lowest overall score being crowned the winner of the title “Best Place For Jobs In Wisconsin”.

The criteria we looked at were:

  • Unemployment rate
  • Recent job growth
  • Future job growth
  • Median household income

Sources of criteria include the the BLS and Sperling’s Best Places.

If your city or town isn’t among the top 10, jump down to the bottom of the post to see a detailed chart and a downloadable file of all the data.

Otherwise, learn how these cities moved up the career ladder.

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1. Madison

Madison, Wisconsin

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 234,586Unemployment Rate: 3.70%
Recent Job Growth: 1.20%
Future Job Growth: 38.70%

2. Platteville

Platteville, Wisconsin

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,170Unemployment Rate: 4.80%
Recent Job Growth: 2.66%
Future Job Growth: 40.50%

3. Onalaska

Onalaska, Wisconsin

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 17,740Unemployment Rate: 4.40%
Recent Job Growth: 1.74%
Future Job Growth: 39.10%

4. Fitchburg

Fitchburg, Wisconsin

Source: Flickr

Population: 25,222Unemployment Rate: 3.80%
Recent Job Growth: 1.20%
Future Job Growth: 38.60%

5. Verona

Verona, Wisconsin

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,632Unemployment Rate: 3.80%
Recent Job Growth: 1.20%
Future Job Growth: 38.60%

6. Waunakee

Waunakee, Wisconsin

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,142Unemployment Rate: 3.80%
Recent Job Growth: 1.20%
Future Job Growth: 38.60%

7. Monroe

Monroe, Wisconsin

Source: Flickr

Population: 10,835Unemployment Rate: 5.40%
Recent Job Growth: 2.98%
Future Job Growth: 40.60%

8. Menomonie

Menomonie, Wisconsin

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 16,192Unemployment Rate: 5.20%
Recent Job Growth: 2.27%
Future Job Growth: 39.30%

9. Middleton

Middleton, Wisconsin

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 17,589Unemployment Rate: 3.80%
Recent Job Growth: 1.20%
Future Job Growth: 38.60%

10. Oregon

Oregon, Wisconsin

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,269Unemployment Rate: 3.80%
Recent Job Growth: 1.20%
Future Job Growth: 38.60%

Detailed List Of The Best Places In Wisconsin For Jobs

City Rank Population Unemployment Rate Recent Job Growth Future Job Growth
Madison 1 234,586 3.70% 1.20% 38.70%
Platteville 2 11,170 4.80% 2.66% 40.50%
Onalaska 3 17,740 4.40% 1.74% 39.10%
Fitchburg 4 25,222 3.80% 1.20% 38.60%
Verona 5 10,632 3.80% 1.20% 38.60%
Waunakee 6 12,142 3.80% 1.20% 38.60%
Monroe 7 10,835 5.40% 2.98% 40.60%
Menomonie 8 16,192 5.20% 2.27% 39.30%
Middleton 9 17,589 3.80% 1.20% 38.60%
Oregon 10 9,269 3.80% 1.20% 38.60%
Stoughton 11 12,695 3.80% 1.20% 38.60%
Wauwatosa 12 46,457 4.60% 1.16% 37.70%
Mequon 13 23,164 4.60% 1.15% 37.70%
Franklin 14 35,236 4.60% 1.15% 37.70%
Grafton 15 11,457 4.60% 1.15% 37.70%
Plover 16 12,079 5.70% 1.74% 37.80%
Cedarburg 17 11,425 4.60% 1.15% 37.70%
Brookfield 18 38,015 4.80% 1.16% 37.50%
Hudson 19 12,732 4.30% 0.96% 37.60%
Muskego 20 24,118 5.00% 1.15% 37.30%
Oconomowoc 21 15,667 5.00% 1.15% 37.30%
Sussex 22 10,489 5.00% 1.15% 37.30%
Richfield 23 11,305 5.20% 1.15% 37.10%
Janesville 24 63,586 7.20% 2.27% 37.30%
Hartford 25 14,104 5.20% 1.15% 37.10%
Portage 26 10,267 5.80% 1.20% 36.60%
Greenfield 27 36,657 5.40% 1.15% 36.90%
Suamico 28 11,301 5.20% 0.66% 36.10%
Kaukauna 29 15,422 5.60% 0.95% 36.30%
Suamico 30 11,301 5.20% 0.66% 36.10%
Howard 31 17,564 5.20% 0.66% 36.10%
Sheboygan 32 49,308 6.10% 1.08% 36.10%
Bellevue 33 14,482 5.20% 0.66% 36.10%
Bellevue 34 14,482 5.20% 0.66% 36.10%
Ashwaubenon 35 17,039 5.20% 0.66% 36.10%
Sparta 36 9,538 5.40% 0.71% 36.00%
Kenosha 37 99,297 7.10% 1.22% 35.30%
Beloit 38 36,943 9.20% 2.28% 35.40%
Allouez 39 14,056 5.20% 0.66% 36.10%
Waupun 40 11,362 6.20% 1.03% 35.90%
Waukesha 41 70,593 6.50% 1.15% 35.80%
Marinette 42 10,943 7.30% 1.23% 35.20%
Neenah 43 25,529 5.40% 0.65% 35.90%
Menasha 44 17,213 5.40% 0.65% 35.90%
Glendale 45 12,861 7.00% 1.15% 35.30%
Greendale 46 14,085 7.00% 1.15% 35.30%
Cudahy 47 18,251 7.00% 1.15% 35.30%
Shorewood 48 13,154 7.00% 1.15% 35.30%
Appleton 49 72,575 6.70% 0.94% 35.20%
Oshkosh 50 66,046 6.00% 0.66% 35.30%
Baraboo 51 12,011 5.90% 0.43% 35.00%
Weston 52 14,786 5.80% 0.32% 34.80%
Shawano 53 9,256 6.80% 0.68% 34.60%
Watertown 54 23,838 6.10% 0.52% 34.90%
Elkhorn 55 9,983 5.90% 0.27% 34.60%
Caledonia 56 24,654 7.40% 0.94% 34.50%
Whitewater 57 14,385 5.90% 0.27% 34.60%
Milwaukee 58 594,328 8.40% 1.15% 33.90%
Burlington 59 10,492 7.40% 0.94% 34.50%
Marshfield 60 18,655 6.50% -0.03% 33.40%
Racine 61 78,878 10.20% 0.94% 31.70%
Wausau 62 39,158 7.70% 0.32% 32.90%
Manitowoc 63 33,646 7.40% -0.62% 31.40%
Merrill 64 9,638 7.70% -0.72% 30.90%

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