2 Wisconsin metros rank as top retirement hubs nationally

According to new research from StorageCafe, a nationwide self-storage search website, two Wisconsin metropolitan areas are among the best places in the country to enjoy retirement. Milwaukee-Waukesha nabs the No. 4 retirement hot spot in the U.S., racking up high scores in all categories. The metropolitan area centered on Madison is not far behind, getting 12th place in the ranking of senior-friendly metros.

Among the reasons given why Wisconsin is a top place for retirees to settle down:

  • Seniors make up 25% of the Milwaukee area’s adult population and 22% of Madison’s.
  • Twenty-one percent of Milwaukee’s multifamily accommodation, and 9% of Madison’s, is made up of age 55-plus communities that are designed specifically to cater to a more relaxed yet engaging lifestyle.
  • There are 549 health care workers per 1,000 residents in Milwaukee and 616 in Madison, some of the best health care scores out of the 100 metros that were ranked. Additionally, there are a good number of parks and golf courses, plus high levels of safety.
  • Retirees in Madison receive an average income of over $31,000, which is $4,000 more than they would in Greater Milwaukee, and have a similar life expectancy of around 80 years, though the costs are a little higher.