These Are The 10 Most Successful Cities In Wisconsin

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
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What is success? Is it the amount of money you have in your bank account, at any given point? Is it that feeling you get after delivering a killer presentation, or even a pretty decent bar joke?

Or is it something bigger–something wholly unnamable, undefinable, immeasurable, and totally subjective?

Probably so.

But here at Zippia, we like things that we can neatly measure and then expound upon. So yes, with the Power of Math, we have determined the unarguable, totally objective 10 most successful cities in Wisconsin. And here they are:

  1. Rhinelander
  2. Marinette
  3. Antigo
  4. Prairie Du Chien
  5. Waupaca
  6. Tomah
  7. Rice Lake
  8. Altoona
  9. Ashwaubenon
  10. Marshfield

If you are trying to argue already with our unarguable list, keep reading. There’s a method to this madness.

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How We Determined The Most Successful Cities In Wisconsin

The first thing that comes to most capitalist minds in terms of success is–money. After all, rich people must be successful, right?

Meh. Maybe. But we think there’s a bit more that goes into it than that. So we looked at this set of criteria from the 2010-2014 American Community Survey:




1. Rhinelander

Source: Google Maps

Population: 7,642

2. Marinette

Source: Google Maps

Population: 10,890

3. Antigo

Source: Google Maps

Population: 8,075

4. Prairie Du Chien

Source: Google Maps

Population: 5,829

5. Waupaca

Source: Google Maps

Population: 6,016

6. Tomah

Source: Google Maps

Population: 9,281

7. Rice Lake

Source: Google Maps

Population: 8,353

8. Altoona

Source: Google Maps

Population: 6,940

9. Ashwaubenon

Source: Google Maps

Population: 17,065
Median Income: $52,914

10. Marshfield

Source: Google Maps

Population: 18,514

Measuring Success

If you’re still looking at this post thinking, “Surely, such superficial methods can’t possibly measure a city, or rather, the individuals that make up that city’s success!” well, you’re probably right.

But we like to measure things, and when it comes to success, we feel pretty successful in our approach. Congrats to Rhinelander and our winners. And for those who didn’t make the cut, well, better luck next year.