Madison, Green Bay and Milwaukee landed on the U.S. News and World Report 150 Best Places to Live in the U.S. 2020-2021 list.
To compile the rankings, U.S. News and World Report graded each city based on five criteria:
- Job Market Index, which accounted for 21.6%;
- Value Index, 23.4%;
- Quality of Life Index, 25.7%;
- Desirability Index, 16.4%;
- Net Migration, 13%.
Those indexes were then used to create an overall score for each city on a 1 to 10 scale.
Madison landed at No. 21, receiving an overall grade of 7.1. The city received strong grades for quality of life (7.7), job market index (7.5) and value index (7). The lowest score was for desirability (5.9).
Green Bay was No. 25 with an overall score of 7. The city's strongest grades were for value (8.1) and quality of life (7.7). The lowest score was for desirability (6).
With an overall score of 6.4, Milwaukee ranked No. 86 on the list. The city's strongest grades were in quality of life (6.8) and job market (6.8), with the lowest score for net migration (5.2).
Other nearby metros on the list were Minneapolis-St.Paul (No. 22, overall score of 7.1), and Chicago (No. 120, overall score of 6.2)
Within the profiles, the individual index scores can be seen as well. Milwaukee ranked 61st in U.S. News and World Report's 2019 Best Places to Live rankings.
U.S. News and World Report compiled information from a variety of public sources and its own data and determined how much weight to assign each index based on a public survey conducted in August 2020.