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55 Plus Communities in Wisconsin - Best Small Towns in Wisconsin To Live or Retire To

The "Badger State" of Wisconsin is the country's 20th most populated state. Wisconsin is known for its dairy production, and was granted statehood on May 29, 1848 making it the 30th state. Historic and scenic small towns in Wisconsin to visit and retire to. Below we take a look at the best small towns Wisconsin has to offer.

Best Small Towns in Wisconsin


Much of Bayfield's appeal has to do with its close proximity to Lake Superior. Bayfield visitors can learn to kayak, charter a sail boat or go for a scenic cruise on the Apostle Islands cruise ship. If you want to enjoy the sand beaches of Lake Superior you can do that too.

Mineral Point

Mineral Point is located in southeastern Wisconsin, and is known as one of the most beautiful towns in the entire state. The small town has a rich mining history dating back to when miners found lead and zinc. Summer is a great time to visit Mineral Point as the town has several art and garden festivals in July and August.


Cedarburg has long been a favorite vacation getaway destination for people in the Milwaukee area. The small town of mere thousands is known for its distinctive architecture. The town is full of stone buildings built in the 1800's. The town has an annual Strawberry Festival every June.



Spring Green

This artsy little town is actually world-renowned to people within the theater industry. Spring Green is the location of the Tony Award winning outdoor theater known as the American Players Theater. APT specializes in producing works by William Shakespeare. Theater isn't the only ballgame in town though. Spring has two excellent golf courses designed by Robert Jones and Andy North. Spring Green has been voted best small town theater and entertainment.


This small town gem is located just off of I-94. Warrens' signature event is the Cranberry Festival that takes place in late September of every year for a period of three days. Warrens pulls out all of the stops for the Cranberry Festival including a farmer's market with over 100 vendors, a flea market with 400 sellers, an arts and craft area with nearly 1000 exhibitors, and Wisconsin's largest marching band to head up the parade. When the festival is not going on Warrens is a great place to do some fishing and casual dining.

Lake Geneva

Lake Geneva is the small town spot for great dining. For being just a town of a few thousand there are some excellent restaurants including the Geneva Chop House, Grand Geneva Resort, and El Palenque. After dinner people can enjoy a relaxing trip on one of the excursion boats available for charter.


Pepin is the spot that's been voted time and time again as the best boating location. This is definitely a boater's paradise. Pepin is also the birthplace of Laura Ingalls Wilder. The town celebrates her birth every year with Laura Ingalls Wilder Days every September. Watercraft of virtually every size hit up Lake Pepin, which is a lake in the upper Mississippi. It's a great place for boating and watercraft newbies to learn by participating in one of the several boating and watercraft clinics offered during the summer.

55 Plus Communities in Wisconsin

Hyland Park Adult Community Fitchburg, WIHyland Park WI Independent Adult Community
5440 Caddis Bend Fitchburg, WI 53711 Independent adult community for those 55 & better! Choice and convenience are yours with 7 unique floor plans within walking distance to shops, restaurants, grocery store, post office, doctor and dental offices and busline. Special unit features include open concept great room, gas fireplace, deck/patio & private laundry. Enjoy the multitude of amenities including indoor warm water resistance pool, fitness center, business center, creative arts studio, spa services, planned social activities & complimentary continental breakfast.

Touchmark on West Prospect WI 2601
Touchmark Drive Appleton, WI 54914 Discover the Best - Active Adult Retirement in Appleton. Beautiful cottages and apartments. Independent Living, Assisted Living, on-site fitness center, award-winning Life Enrichment/Wellness program.

List of Small Towns in Wisconsin

Appleton, Madison, Oshkosh, Waukesha, Green Bay, Eau Clair, Janesville, Kenosha, La Crosse, Racine, Sheboyan, West Allis WI.

Appleton WI, A friendly, growing community in the heart of east-central Wisconsin's Fox River Valley, Appleton is a great place to live, work and raise a family. About 70,000 people live there.

Waukesha, Money Magizine ranked Waukesha 36th on its list of the 100 best places to live in the United States. As of 2000 Waukesha had a population of 64,826.

Madison - University of Wisconsin-Madison downtown campus located here. You will find the best of all worlds in Wisconsin's vibrant capital city and picturesque surrounding towns: natural beauty and outdoor recreation, stimulating cultural offerings, distinctive restaurants and shops, and an irreverent spirit of fun.

Towns and communities in Wisconsin include: Adell Allenton Ashippun Belgium Brookfield Brownsville Butler Campbellsport Cascade Cedarburg Cedar Grove Chilton Cleveland Clyman Colgate Delafield Eden Elkhart Lake Fredonia Germantown Glenbeulah Grafton Greenbush Hartford Hartland Hingham Horicon Hubertus Hustisford Iron Ridge Ixonia Jackson Johnson Creek Juneau Kewaskum Kiel Kohler Lannon Lebanon Lomira Malone Mayville Menomonee Falls Merton Mount Calvary Nashotah Neosho Newburg New Holstein Newton North Lake Oakfield Oconomowoc Okauchee Oostburg Pewaukee Plymouth Port Washington Random Lake Richfield Rubicon Saint Cloud Saukville Sheboygan Sheboygan Falls Slinger Stockbridge Sussex West Bend Theresa Thiensville Waldo Watertown Mequon Woodland Bassett Benet Lake Big Bend Bristol Burlington Caledonia Camp Lake Cudahy Darien Delavan Dousman Eagle East Troy Elkhorn Elm Grove Fontana Franksville Genesee Depot Genoa City Greendale Hales Corners Franklin Helenville Honey Creek Kansasville Kenosha New Berlin Lake Geneva Lyons Mukwonago Muskego New Munster North Prairie Oak Creek Palmyra Pell Lake Pleasant Prairie Powers Lake Rochester Salem Silver Lake Somers South Milwaukee Springfield Sturtevant Sullivan Trevor Twin Lakes Union Grove Wales Walworth Waterford Waukesha Whitewater Williams Bay Wilmot Woodworth Zenda Milwaukee Racine Afton Albany Arena Argyle Avalon Avoca Barneveld Belleville Belmont Beloit Black Earth Blanchardville Blue Mounds Blue River Brodhead Brooklyn Browntown Cambridge Clinton Cobb Cottage Grove Cross Plains Dane Darlington Deerfield De Forest Dodgeville Edgerton Edmund Evansville Footville Fort Atkinson Gotham Gratiot Hanover Highland Hollandale Janesville Jefferson Juda Lake Mills Linden Livingston Lodi Lone Rock Lowell Mc Farland Marshall Mazomanie Merrimac Middleton Milton Mineral Point Monroe Montfort Monticello Morrisonville Mount Horeb Muscoda New Glarus Oregon Orfordville Plain Prairie Du Sac Reeseville Rewey Richland Center Ridgeway Sauk City Sextonville Sharon Shullsburg South Wayne Spring Green Stoughton Sun Prairie Verona Waterloo Waunakee Windsor Woodford Madison Bagley Beetown Benton Bloomington Boscobel Cassville Cuba City Dickeyville Fennimore Glen Haven Hazel Green Kieler Lancaster Mount Hope Patch Grove Platteville Potosi Prairie Du Chien Sinsinawa Stitzer Wauzeka Woodman Portage Adams Arlington Baraboo Beaver Dam Brandon Briggsville Burnett Cambria Cazenovia Columbus Dalton Dellwood Doylestown Elroy Endeavor Fairwater Fall River Fox Lake Friendship Friesland Grand Marsh Hillpoint Kingston Lake Delton La Valle Lime Ridge Loganville Lyndon Station Markesan Marquette Mauston Montello New Lisbon North Freedom Oxford Packwaukee Pardeeville Poynette Randolph Reedsburg Rio Rock Springs Union Center Waupun Westfield Wisconsin Dells Wonewoc Wyocena Amery Baldwin Beldenville Clayton Clear Lake Cushing Deer Park Dresser East Ellsworth Ellsworth Glenwood City Hager City Hammond Hudson New Richmond Osceola Prescott River 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Babcock Birnamwood Blenker Bowler Brokaw Bryant Chili Colby Curtiss Custer Deerbrook Dorchester Edgar Eland Elcho Elderon Elton Galloway Gilman Jump River Gleason Granton Greenwood Hannibal Hatley Hewitt Irma Junction City Loyal Lublin Marathon Mattoon Medford Merrill Milladore Mosinee Neillsville Nekoosa Nelsonville Ogema Owen Pearson Pelican Lake Phlox Pickerel Pittsville Plover Port Edwards Rib Lake Ringle Rosholt Rothschild Rudolph Schofield Spencer Stetsonville Stevens Point Stratford Summit Lake Tigerton Tomahawk Unity Vesper Westboro White Lake Willard Wisconsin Rapids Withee Wittenberg Rhinelander Argonne Boulder Junction Brantwood Butternut Catawba Clam Lake Conover Crandon Eagle River Fifield Gile Glen Flora Glidden Harshaw Hawkins Hazelhurst Heafford Junction Hurley Iron Belt Kennan Lac Du Flambeau Lake Tomahawk Land O Lakes Laona Long Lake Mc Naughton Manitowish Waters Mellen Mercer Minocqua Montreal Park Falls Phelps Phillips Prentice Presque Isle Saint Germain Saxon Sayner Star Lake Three Lakes Tony Tripoli Upson Wabeno Woodruff La Crosse Alma Alma Center Arcadia Arkdale Bangor Black River Falls Blair Camp Douglas Cashton Cataract Chaseburg Cochrane Coon Valley De Soto Dodge Eastman Ettrick Ferryville Fountain City Galesville Gays Mills Genoa Hillsboro Hixton Holmen Hustler Kendall La Farge Lynxville Mather Melrose Millston Mindoro Mount Sterling Necedah Norwalk Oakdale Onalaska Ontario Readstown Rockland Seneca Soldiers Grove Sparta Steuben Stoddard Taylor Tomah Trempealeau Tunnel City Viola Viroqua Warrens Westby West Salem Wilton Eau Claire Altoona Arkansaw Augusta Bay City Bloomer Boyceville Boyd Cadott Chetek Chippewa Falls Colfax Conrath Cornell Dallas Downing Downsville Durand Eau Galle Eleva Elk Mound Elmwood Fairchild Fall Creek Gilmanton Holcombe Humbird Independence Jim Falls Knapp Maiden Rock Menomonie Merrillan Mondovi Nelson New Auburn Osseo Pepin Pigeon Falls Plum City Prairie Farm Ridgeland Rock Falls Sand Creek Sheldon Spring Valley Stanley Stockholm Strum Thorp Wheeler Whitehall Spooner Almena Ashland Balsam Lake Barron Barronett Bayfield Benoit Birchwood Brill Bruce Brule Cable Cameron Centuria Comstock Cornucopia Couderay Cumberland Danbury Drummond Edgewater Exeland Foxboro Frederic Gordon Grand View Grantsburg Haugen Hawthorne Hayward Herbster Hertel High Bridge Iron River Ladysmith Lake Nebagamon La Pointe Luck Maple Marengo Mason Mikana Milltown Minong Odanah Ojibwa Poplar Port Wing Radisson Rice Lake Sarona Shell Lake Siren Solon Springs South Range Springbrook Stone Lake Superior Trego Turtle Lake Wascott Washburn Webster Weyerhaeuser Winter Oshkosh Almond Appleton Bancroft Bear Creek Berlin Big Falls Butte Des Morts Caroline Clintonville Coloma Dale Eldorado Embarrass Eureka Fond Du Lac Fremont Green Lake Greenville Hancock Hortonville Iola King Larsen Leopolis Manawa Marion Menasha Neenah Neshkoro New London Ogdensburg Omro Pickett Pine River Plainfield Poy Sippi Princeton Readfield Redgranite 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