Moving to Wisconsin

Wisconsin is located at the central north part of the country in the Great Lakes Region and has a population of 5.7 million people. The capital city is Madison, named after the fourth president of the country – James Madison. Milwaukee is the state’s largest city with a population of 600,000 people.

The state leads the nation in cheese production and is considered the Swiss Cheese Capital of the USA. It is also the country’s leading producer of cranberries.

Wisconsin is home to many inventions including the ice cream sundae, the electric guitar, the hair dryer, the typewriter and the blender. The state is also home to the nation’s largest water park.

If you are considering a move to Wisconsin you can expect beautiful wilderness, cold winters, lively cities with thriving communities, abundant entertainment, and great food.

Geography & Climate

The state has a diverse geography with features including forests, mountains, lakes, rivers, plains, and sandstone formations.
Wisconsin can be divided into five geographic regions, the Lake Superior Lowlands, the Northern Highlands, the Central Plains, the Western Uplands, and the Eastern Ridges and Lowlands.
The Lake Superior Lowlands occupy a belt of land along Lake Superior.
The Northern Highlands region is a heavily forested area that includes mixed hardwood and coniferous species.
The Central Plains area is home to unique sandstone formations and rich, fertile farmland.
The Western Uplands region is a rugged area that is made up of farmland and forests, and many outcroppings and bluffs along the Mississippi River.
The Eastern Ridges and Lowlands region is where the state’s largest cities are located.
If you are moving to Wisconsin you should expect cold, snowy winters and warm to hot summers. The consistently large amount of snow that the state receives attracts a large number of winter sports enthusiasts each year.

Community & Lifestyle

Wisconsin has an environmentally conscious population that actively works to protect the state’s farmlands, forests and water.
Holmen is considered an ideal town to raise a family in based on its affordability, and recreational and economic opportunities. Hartland is another great place for young families and has an excellent school system.
Outdoor enthusiasts will love the more than 70 state parks and their many waterfalls, lakes, and forests. Popular activities include hiking, camping, swimming, fishing and boating.
For cultural and entertainment options, the state has many museums including the EAA Aviation Museum, the Harley-Davidson Museum, the Wisconsin Maritime Museum and the Milwaukee Art Museum.
If you move to Wisconsin you will find it is also home to many theaters, galleries and art tours. Festivals and community events are held year-round to celebrate the state’s culture, delicious cheese and many breweries.
Milwaukie is one of the state’s best cities for nightlife and is home to many pubs, clubs, taverns and bars.
If you are moving to Wisconsin you may want to hire professional movers. Be sure to do your research on your local moving services. The best moving companies will offer a free estimate and be available to answer all of your questions throughout the process. Collecting your moving boxes early will help ensure you have plenty of time to pack your items carefully. Consider creating a moving checklist to keep track of all the details and scheduling.

Jobs & Local Economy

The unemployment rate in Wisconsin is 3.4% which is significantly lower than the national average of 4.4% (June 2017).
Top employers in the state include the University of Wisconsin-Madison, home improvement chain, Menard Inc., and medical software company, Epic Systems Corporation.
Manufacturing industries in the state include manufacturing of transportation equipment, electrical equipment, dairy equipment and other machinery.
Overall the cost of living in Wisconsin is lower than the national average.


Moving to Wisconsin also means you get to enjoy these nearby attractions:


Oshkosh is located on Lake Winnebago, near Milwaukee and has been a massive tourist attraction since the 1970s due to its annual airshow. The week-long event hosts roughly 1 million people who come to see nearly 15,000 vintage and modern aircraft.

Wisconsin Door County

Known for its magnificent natural beauty, Wisconsin's Door County overlooks Lake Michigan and draws a large number of visitors to its shores each year. The rural countryside by the water is the perfect place for fishing, sailing, swimming, hiking and biking. Sturgeon Bay’s antique lighthouse is popular with visitors, as are the old harbor and historic buildings of Ephraim.

Dells of the Wisconsin River

Canyons, cliffs, and towering sandstone rock formations characterize the landscape of the Dells of the Wisconsin River. The spectacular five-mile gorge is home to some of the state’s most unique flora and fauna, including cliff cudweed, which is only found in one other place on the planet. The area’s fragile ecosystem is hard to reach and can only be accessed by boat.

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Cities in Wisconsin

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