Milwaukee is home to nearly a third of Wiscon’s residents live within this massive metropolitan area, with 10% of the state’s citizens living within the city proper. So, what does Milwaukee and its metro offer the more than 600,000 residents who call Miltown home? If you’re considering moving to Milwaukee, here is what you need to know.

1. The cost of life in Milwaukee

According to BestPlaces, the overall cost of living is much more affordable in Milwaukee compared to the rest of the country and even when compared to the state of Wisconsin. The most significant savings you’ll see is in housing costs. For instance, the median home cost is only $123,100—the national average is $231,200. And if you’re a renter, as many who live in the city proper are, you’ll even see savings there. A two bedroom apartment can be found for around $923 a month.

2. Milwaukee is among leaders for manufacturing jobs

According to U.S. News & World Report, Milwakuee is a national leader when it comes to precision manufacturing, with several Fortune 500 companies that call the city home that include Harley-Davidson, Johnson Controls, and Rockwell Automation.

While the average salary is still comparable to the national average, U.S. News also reports that the metro has seen a steady drop in its unemployment rate, meaning jobs are available in Milwaukee.

3. Checkout the neighborhoods in Milwaukee

Milwaukee is home to a number of distinct neighborhoods and communities, each one offering a different facet of its residents to enjoy or call home. For example, the Menomonee River Valley is where you can find big names such as the previously mentioned Harley-Davidson and the Milwaukee Brewers while East Town in the heart of downtown offers shopping, dining, and a walkable urban lifestyle. Checkout this handy interactive guide of Milwaukee’s neighborhoods to explore them for yourself.

4. Year round festivals in Milwaukee

Typically speaking, it would be understandable if you didn’t know about the Midwestern metros many, many festivals. From celebrating its LGTBQ community with PrideFest to a more relaxed night of music with Chill On the Hill, you have a festival or event almost every week to enjoy. IN fact, 2019 alone had more than 60 festivals.

5. Wisconsin cheeseheads are a thing

Wisconsin is known for its cheese, and Milwaukee definitely takes part of that tradition. Locals love to go to the places like the Wisconsin Cheese Mart in Westown for some amazing cheese curds, grab some cream and delicious mac & cheese in the Historic Third Ward’s West Allis Cheese & Sausage Shoppe, or experience the art of making cheese for themselves at Milwaukee’s first and only cheese factory, The Clock Shadow Creamery.

And if you want a break from the all the cheese, check out St Paul Fish Company for some amazing and fresh seafood or Tangled Noodles for the city’s best chinese dishes. 

Now, these are just five of the things we think you should know about Milwaukee. If you live in this amazing city, and we’ve left something out that you want to share, then please share in the comments!

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