Best Cities 2010: Milwaukee, WI

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Best Cities 2010: Milwaukee, WI

Milwaukee is home to a number of impressive arts offerings, including the spectacular Milwaukee Art Museum

City: Milwaukee

State: Wisconsin

Best Cities Overall Rank: 76

About Milwaukee: 

Milwaukee is home to a number of impressive arts offerings, including the spectacular Santiago Calatrava-designed Milwaukee Art Museum

The name Milwaukee comes from the Native American word “Milliocki” meaning gathering place by the water.

County: Milwaukee

Population: 604,477

Official website for city visitors’ bureau/city: Visitors’ bureau website

Newspaper with the largest circulation: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 

Milwaukee blogs:

Milwaukee Moms

On Milwaukee

Urban Milwaukee

Milwaukee‘s Facebook page: Follow Milwaukee on Facebook 

Milwaukee‘s Twitter page: Follow Milwaukee on Twitter 


Education rank: 41

High School graduation rate 2008: 67.7%

Blue Ribbon Schools, 2003-2009: 7

Blue Ribbon Schools per 100,000 people: 1.16

NEAYC-accredited preschools: 16

NAEYC schools per 100,000 people: 2.65

NAEP State proficiency reading, grade 8: 266

Pupil/Teacher Ratio: 18.1

Total Expenditures Per Student: $12,473


Health rank: 64

Quality children’s hospitals: 1

Hospitals per 100,000 people: 0.17

Quality Pediatricians: 0

Quality Pediatricians per 100,000: 0

Average number of Unhealthy Air Quality days between 2006-2008, by county: 0.33


Safety rank: 80

Violent Crimes, 2008: 7,339

Violent Crime Rate per 100,000: 1,214.11

Sex Offenders: 1,433

Sex Offenders per 100,000: 237.06


Economy rank: 77           

Travel time to work, 2006-2008, in minutes: 21.8

Percent of labor force unemployed, January 2010: 9.6

Best Performing Cities Job Index: 1211.28

Median Home Sale Price: $119,100                         

5-Year Home Value Index: -1.99%                         

Percent of homes sold for a loss: 29.33%           


Recreation Rank: 18

Parkland acreage, 2008 (includes pools and playgrounds): 15,032           

Parkland per 100,000: 2,486.78