Jun 25, 2021
If you’re like other remote workers seeking a place that has affordable housing, a sense of community, outdoor activities, and more, Wisconsin has what you’re looking for. Some of the benefits of choosing Wisconsin as your home include:
Low cost of living/affordable rent
Plenty of cheese!
Interested in exploring a move to Wisconsin? Below, we’ll cover how to choose your future home, make your move, and connect to your new community.
Liveability.com lists Appleton, WI as one of the top 100 places to live.
Milwaukee: Milwaukee has been named one of the best places to live in the U.S. because of its affordability, higher education, and entertainment scene. ExtraSpace.com says, “The cost of living in Milwaukee is 11% lower than the national average and 7% lower than the Wisconsin average.” In addition, it’s home to Marquette University (ranked one of the top 100 universities in the country) and a wide range of cultural festivals like Polish Fest, Festa Italiana, Irish Fest, Mexican Fiesta, The Big Pig BBQ Fest, and Summerfest.
Appleton: Appleton is a great place to move if you love the activities of a big city without the stress of living in one. Livability.com listed Appleton as one of the top 100 places to live because of its low cost of living and growing entertainment/recreation: “There are 28 public parks in Appleton, plus the Fox River, Fox Trot Trail, Bubolz Nature Preserve, a long list of summer concert series, Erb Park pool, Butterfly Gardens of Wisconsin and a farmers’ market.”
Racine: If you love being near water, Racine is a great place to live. It is located on the shore of Lake Michigan at the mouth of the Root River. In addition to traditional lakeside activities, Racine offers access to culture and the arts with its zoos, museums, and outdoor parks. In 2017, Racine was rated as the Most Affordable Place to Live in the world.
Here are some other great places to live in Wisconsin:
If you have a family to consider while making your move, be sure to check out our blog, “Remote Work Relocation Considerations for Families.”
Ready to make your move? Moving to a different state can be a little trickier than just moving to a new city. In addition to standard moving tasks, here’s a short checklist of things you’ll want to think about when moving out of state:
Change your Driver's Licenses and Insurance: Requirements for transferring a driver’s license vary from state to state, so you’ll want to check in with your specific state’s DMV. Here’s a link to Wisconsin’s DMV.
Forward Your Mailing Address: Forwarding your mail is essential whether you’re moving out of state or not, but if mail doesn’t get forwarded while you’re out of state, it’s harder to get it back. Forwarding your mailing address is pretty simple on the USPS website.
Update Your Voter Registration: If you’ve permanently moved to a new state, you will need to update your voter registration before certain deadlines so you can vote in upcoming elections. Here’s an article explaining how to update your registration.
If you currently have a remote position, you might also want to check out our Guide to Moving While Working Remotely.
Wisconsin offers a variety of co-working spaces for remote working.
Wisconsin can be a great place for remote workers! Although there’s no direct monetary incentive to move to Wisconsin as of now, according to virtualvocations.com, “the state provides numerous tax credits for small business owners, including those with distributed teams.”
Virtualvocations.com also lists some great co-working spaces in these areas, which offer opportunities for you to build your community!
The Docking Station (Green Bay)
Rise & Grind (Green Bay)
Industrious Madison (Madison)
Madworks Coworking (Madison)
The Hive (Milwaukee)
Ward 4 (Milwaukee)
Atmosphere Collaborative Space (Racine)
Income tax varies greatly between states. According to bankrate.com, “The Wisconsin state income tax rate is currently 4% on the low end and 7.65% on the high end. The income tax rate varies over four income brackets.” Learn more about Wisconsin’s state tax in this article.
If you’d like to have a job that lets you enjoy all Wisconsin has to offer, you might consider a remote position. At MakeMyMove, we have a blog that lists over 100 companies offering remote work. Check it out here.