Quality of Life in Milwaukee

Forbes Magazine rated Milwaukee as America’s second most relaxed cities in the country. This is in part because residents find it easy to strike a balance between work and their personal life. Low crime rates also play a part into the quality of life residents of Milwaukee have come to love.

Forbes_milwaukee-least-stressAnother friendly Midwestern city, Milwaukee, Wis., takes second place. Milwaukee pulls ahead of other large metros in part because of its healthy work-life balance. The city boasts great commute times and short working hours. Just over 96% of its residents take less than an hour to get to work, and the average amount of time spent toiling away is among the lowest in the country, a manageable 38.4 hours per week.

Work commute is also rather low, especially if you’re comparing to cities like New York City or Washington D.C. Some workers have been known to commute closer to 2 hours, whether it be driving or taking public transportation, just to get to work each day. The average commute in Milwaukee is less than an hour. The average hours worked are also lower than many parts of the country, at around 38 hours a week, which gives residents much needed time to relax, engage in sports or hobbies, and spend time with their family and friends.

The crime rate in Milwaukee is also lower than parts of the country, especially when compared to other big cities. Even some specific neighborhoods in Milwaukee are 99 percent safer as compared to other places to residence.

Aside from these factors, Milwaukee is known for being historically rich and culturally diverse, with there being a lot of amenities at residents’ disposal, and something for every walk of life or interest. Nationally recognized performing arts groups call Milwaukee home, and attractions and activities bring people from all over the world.

Those who live in Milwaukee cite the family oriented roots as part of their reason for staying, or coming back after they move somewhere else. In addition, Milwaukee provides a safe place with academic and career opportunities that can’t be found easily elsewhere. The low cost of living combined with the ease of getting around by foot, make Milwaukee a place that keep drawing in new residents as well as former ones. A big draw is that those who live here, and especially those who have lived in other parts of the country and world, is that they feel safe walking around.

Milwaukee also offers an ease that other cities do not. If you live in a place like New York City, and you wanted to attend an event, you would find yourself paying top dollar and having to set out for your adventure hours ahead of time just to make it. Milwaukee offers the easy access to do these sorts of things, but doesn’t flake on quality or entertainment.