Best Neighborhoods in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Milwaukee is the largest city in Wisconsin and the 26th most populous city in the United States. Located on the southwestern shore of Lake Michigan, Milwaukee has historically been known as a manufacturing and brewing town. There has been a host of new development in the area inclusive of the Midwest Airline Center, Milwaukee Riverwalk, and a host of new skyscrapers, condos, apartments and lofts. Milwaukee ranks 6th in the United States and Canada as one of the highest per capita student populations in North America. With acres of green space, Milwaukee is lovingly referred to as the Grand Necklace of Parks.

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Average High - 70.9, Average Low - 18.9


Basketball - Bucks

Baseball - Brewers

Hockey - Admirals

Crime Rate

Milwaukee has shown a significant decrease in crime since the late 1990's.

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Whitefish Bay is a community that was first settled in 1889, and later incorporated as the Village of Whitefish Bay in 1982. The village is home to the Pabst Whitefish Bay Resort which brought hundreds if not thousands to visitors to the area during the summers. Whitefish Bay is a diverse community with a variety of housing options to choose from. The village is also strategically positioned to take advantage of a number of Milwaukee attractions, namely the Milwaukee Art Museum, Pabst House, Betty Brinn Children's Museum, Whitefish Bay Golf Club, and Big Foot Beach State Park; a 272 acre green space. Whitefish Bay is also home to a number of institutions of higher learning, including Milwaukee Area Technical College, Marquette University, and Cardinal Stritch University.

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Sherman Park is one of the most ethnically and economically diverse neighborhoods in the state of Wisconsin. With over 40,000 residents, Sherman Park is a middle class north side neighborhood that was once home to many of Milwaukee's first business owners. The housing stock in Sherman Park is just as diverse as its population. You can find everything from French provincial architecture, to the classic Tudor, to the cozy lines of a bungalow. St. Joseph Hospital is at the center of the community. The tree lined streets and neatly maintained homes makes Sherman Park a great place to live.

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Bay View is located on Milwaukee's southeast shore and overlooks Lake Michigan. The original village of Bay View is listed in the National Register of Historic Places, and the housing stock in Bay View reflects its history. Within the borders of Bay View is South Shore Park; providing residents the opportunity to engage in recreational activities like horse back riding, swimming, volleyball, walking, basketball and baseball. The Beulah Brinton Community Center is also located in Bay View and offers activities for residents of all ages throughout the year. Bay View's annual South Shore Water Frolics gives residents three days of parades, fireworks, live music, and an opportunity to reconnect to each other.

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Brewer's Hill is a quaint diverse neighborhood north of downtown. The name Brewer's Hill reflects Milwaukee's historic connection to the brewing industry. The Brewer's Hill neighborhood housing stock is as diverse as its population, with residents in the Queen Anne, Colonial Revival, and Greek revival styles. Brewer's Hill is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Brewer's Hill was honored in 2009 by This Old House with the distinction of "Best Old House Neighborhoods." A number of the business district warehouses and businesses have been converted to loft and apartment space.

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East Side is a general term referring to the area east of the Milwaukee River. Encased in the borders of the East Side Neighborhood are the lakefront, the marina and the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee. There are a great number of housing options in East Side. You can find everything from a shiny high rise, to a brick brownstone to more affordable duplexes. The East Side is home to an ethnically and economically diverse population. The business district in this distinguished neighborhood is pedestrian friendly with its interesting shops, antique stores, boutiques, restaurants, and bars. Families have choices as it relates to finding schools, and public transportation is readily available.

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Brady Street is a neighborhood on the east side of Milwaukee. Brady Street is considered a model of new urbanism, and demonstrates that historical neighborhoods can make the successful transition to becoming more attractive to young professionals, and businesses. Today, Brady Street is considered an upscale and ever growing neighborhood. There are a number of local restaurants, chic shops and boutiques, and fine eateries for the residents of Brady Street and surrounding neighborhoods to take advantage of.

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