This Midwestern City Was Named One Of The Best Places To Live In America For Its Affordable Housing And Excellent Public Schools.

Green Bay, Wisconsin is also a popular retirement destination.

If you’re considering relocating for affordable housing, excellent schools, and a low cost of living, think about Green Bay, Wisconsin. Known as Titletown, this city on Lake Michigan and the Fox River was just ranked the 12th best place to live in America by U.S. News, the highest-ranked Midwestern community.

U.S. News evaluates 150 metropolitan areas nationwide, rating them on quality of life, value, desirability, and job market.

“Green Bay offers a perfect blend of big-city amenities with a Midwestern, small-town vibe. It has a thriving arts and entertainment scene, a revitalized downtown, and two college campuses, making it appealing to both young families and retirees,” according to U.S. News.

With a population of just over 111,000, Green Bay is Wisconsin’s third-largest and oldest city, dating back to 1765. It’s rich in history and charm, featuring a vibrant nightlife with many bars and venues, an exciting dining scene, and ample outdoor recreation with numerous parks, green spaces, and trails. Sports fans can also watch the Green Bay Packers, the team with the most NFL championships.

One major attraction for new residents is affordable housing. The median home value is $180,066, and the median monthly rent is $927. U.S. News highlights that Green Bay offers better value than similar metro areas but notes Wisconsin’s high property tax rate (1.61 percent, the eighth highest in the country) and state income tax.

Families will benefit from a top-notch public school system and several colleges, while Green Bay also ranks 16th on U.S. News’s best places to retire list.

Madison, another Wisconsin city, is also in the top 15, ranking 14th this year. Green Bay topped the same list in 2023.

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