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You could not have picked a more exciting time to move to Milwaukee!

The region is sizzling with energy – from the construction of the Milwaukee Bucks new professional basketball arena and entertainment district in the heart of downtown Milwaukee to Foxconn's decision to invest $10 billion in a new technology enterprise in Racine County that is expected to create thousands of jobs and further Wisconsin's already well-established reputation for technological innovation and advanced manufacturing (even before the Foxconn announcement, Milwaukee was named as an up-and-coming tech city by Forbes magazine). Then there's the social energy. It should come as no surprise that Milwaukee has become a preferred destination for Millennials. One reason is the beauty and abundance of natural resources in southeastern Wisconsin. Another reason is that Milwaukee has been a leader in creating walkable and sustainable communities. Twenty years ago, the city began work on the RiverWalk, which transformed the downtown and made it a hotbed of entertainment and downtown living opportunities. The momentum continues with the Milwaukee Bucks' new basketball arena, the Fiserv Forum, and surrounding entertainment area in the heart of downtown Milwaukee. 

Milwaukee is ideally located in the heart of the Upper Midwest.

Situated on the western shores of Lake Michigan, one of the five Great Lakes, it is a 90-minute drive from downtown Chicago, a five-hour drive from Minneapolis-St. Paul and Indianapolis, and slightly more than an hour away from Madison, the capital of Wisconsin. Wisconsin's fabled North Woods and Michigan's Upper Peninsula are just three hours away. But you don't have to travel that far to find plenty to do in the metropolitan area, which consists of five counties: Milwaukee, Waukesha, Ozaukee, Washington and Racine. 

A diverse region surrounding the heart of the city.

There are different definitions depending on who is measuring what, but when we talk about the Milwaukee Region, we are referring to five counties in southeastern Wisconsin – Milwaukee, Waukesha, Ozaukee, Washington and Racine – that have a combined population of 1.75 million people. Milwaukee is the largest city in the region with 592,000 people, followed by Racine (78,000), Waukesha (71,500) and West Allis (60,000). There are dozens of smaller communities in the region, as well as gorgeous, rural landscapes – including Waukesha County's lake country, the rolling glacial topography of the Kettle Moraine that spans Waukesha, Washington and Ozaukee counties, and the stunning Lake Michigan vistas in Ozaukee and Racine counties. For detailed information about the region's counties and communities, please see the Communities section.    

Lake Michigan, one of the largest freshwater lakes in the world, moderates temperatures in the Milwaukee area, taking the sizzle out of the summer sun and warming winter winds.
View a data comparison to see how Milwaukee compares to other major cities in population, commute, living costs, home prices, and median rent.
What are the people like? For starters, we're very friendly. In fact, we were named one of America's friendliest cities in 2017 by Travel & Leisure magazine. We're down-to-earth, hard-working and like to have fun.
A region of many faiths, Milwaukee has often been referred to as a city of steeples and for good reason. The city's immigrant history created a melting pot of various cultures and faith traditions.
SAY WHAA? Here's a quick intro to Milwaukee slang! Like any metro area, Milwaukee has it's own terminology that may take some getting used to. Learn some of the terms you're likely to hear, followed by an explanation of what they mean.
There are many reasons why the Milwaukee area is a good place to live.