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What it's Like to Retire in Milwaukee

Milwaukee is a large and old city on Lake Michigan. It is the most populous city in the state with about 600,000 residents. Famous for beer, manufacturing and baseball, it has had a resurgence as both a tourist destination and place to live. Some of the important recent additions to the city include the Milwaukee Riverwalk, the Frontier Airlines Center, Miller Park, an internationally renowned addition to the Milwaukee Art Museum, and Pier Wisconsin. It is home to several colleges including Marquette University and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Photo of Riverwalk and the Market of Jeff Russell.
 

Where to Retire in Milwaukee and Home Prices

There are many old neighborhoods in Milwaukee, some of which have become gentrified such as Lincoln Village and Bay View. Homes in areas near the lake are often quite beautiful. According to the 2013  3rd quarter report of National Association of Realtors the median selling price $211,800, which is above the national average.

 

What is special about Milwaukee

The Riverwalk is one of the very special things about Milwaukee. So is its love affair with beer and baseball.
 

What is not special about Milwaukee

For several years, Milwaukee was one of the ten most dangerous cities in the US. While the crime rates have improved, they are still quite high.
 

Who will like retirement in Milwaukee

In 2001 Girlfriends magazine named Milwaukee the number one city for lesbians. Other who like retiring here include those who would like the benefits of big city life in a classic, friendly Midwestern state.
 

Local economy is driven by

brewing, manufacturing, health care and tourism
 

Climate and Physical Environment

Milwaukee has a humid continental climate with rather unpredictable weather.
 

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Milwaukee is home to a wide variety of museums, including the Milwaukee Art Museum, the Milwaukee Public Museum, an award-winning children's museum, and the science-oriented Discovery World.
 

Crime

Milwaukee is nearly double the national average.
 

Medical facilities

There are several medical facilities in Milwaukee, including Milwaukee VA Medical Center and Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare.

 

Transportation

Milwaukee is home to two airports and Amtrak and Greyhound lines.
 

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Facts about MILWAUKEE
  • State: WI
  • Environment: Urban,
  • City Population: 100,001+
  • Median age of Population: 25-44
  • Avg Jan Temperature: 0 -20
  • Avg July Temperature: 60-80
  • Median HH Income: 20,001-40,000
  • Average Home Price (MLS): $200,001-$300,000
  • Annual Property Tax on a $200,000 house: 2000-4000
  • Total Crime Index: 111-120 (high)
  • Cost of Living Index: 91-100 (slightly below average)
  • Culture Index: 121+ (very high)
  • State Sales Tax: Yes
  • State Income Tax: Yes
  • Name of the Guide: boomer1

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