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-Downtown revitalization
-Arts and culture
-Close to Chicago


-Some gritty areas
-Economic cycles
-Winter climate

What Bert Has To Say About Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis Metro Area

Somewhat in the economic and cultural shadow of Chicago 90 miles south, Milwaukee is nevertheless a self-sufficient city, as well as a commercial and cultural center for Wisconsin and particularly its more populous southeastern portions. A melting pot for 19th-century immigrants from northern Europe, the city has kept up old-world traditions, most notably the brewing (and consumption) of beer. Following a period of industrial decline- including the brewing industry- the city has revitalized some areas, particularly downtown, and created an area of lakefront parks and museums. The business picture has changed to include more financial services and retailing companies along with the traditional base of metal products, electrical equipment, and machine tools. The area is headquarters to a surprising list of Mid-sized corporations, including Briggs & Stratton, Harley-Davidson, Allen-Bradley, Rockwell Automation and Johnson Controls, which operate plants in the vicinity, and service players like Manpower, Inc., Northwestern Mutual and retailer Kohl’s.


Quick Facts About Milwaukee

    The unemployment rate in Milwaukee is 8.40 percent(U.S. avg. is 6.30%). Recent job growth is Positive. Milwaukee jobs have Increased by 1.15 percent.
    Compared to the rest of the country, Milwaukee's cost of living is 14.70% Lower than the U.S. average.
    As of 2014, Milwaukee's population is 594,328 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of -0.36 percent.
    Average Commute time is 22 minutes. The National Average is 25 minutes.
    The median home cost in Milwaukee is $90,100. Home appreciation the last year has been 4.10 percent.
    Milwaukee public schools spend $15,000 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $12,435. There are about 15.6 students per teacher in Milwaukee.

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It's actually pretty decent
I've lived here my whole life, that's 23 years of Milwaukee experience and let me just's changed. But that's what's great about living here, you are constantly... (read more)
re: Quality of life in Milwaukee - 11/28/2013
Thank you, Vera. This is such a genuine assessment!! (By the way, I just love the Midwest and the direct, honest, friendly way about people there!) When I was living in... (read more)
re: Quality of life in Milwaukee - 11/28/2013
Thanks Vera, You confirmed what I have been reading about Milwaukee, it is a segregated city. What would happen if the Hispanics, or Aftican Americans lived all over the... (read more)
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