Relocating to the Milwaukee Region

Wonderfully surprising – that's a term you'll likely use to describe living here. You'll be stunned by our jam-packed summers, amazed at our lakefront festivals, energized by our nightlife, inspired by the performances of our artists, soothed by the waves of Lake Michigan and exhilarated from biking the rolling hills of the Kettle Moraine.

The Milwaukee Region blends urban living with Midwest ambiance to create the ideal environment in which to make a living and live your life. Our career opportunities, low commute times, diverse neighborhoods, affordable housing, abundant recreational choices and excellent schools may amaze you at first – but you'll get used to them.

Known as the City of Festivals, Milwaukee hosts its world-famous Summerfest music festival each summer on Milwaukee's lakefront. The 11-day celebration of great music and food attracts more that 800,000 attendees.

Milwaukee's diverse ethnic heritage is celebrated with major ethnic festivals each summer, including Festa Italiana, German Fest, Irish Fest, Mexican Fiesta, African World Festival, Polish Fest, Indian Summer and Bastille Days. Each of these three-day events attract tens of thousands of revelers who come to celebrate the unique music, foods and cultures of the people who call the Milwaukee Region home.

To get a flavor of Milwaukee, visit, Milwaukee's daily online magazine and city guide that highlights dining, arts and entertainment, movies, music, sports and much more in and around the Metro Milwaukee area through its regular articles, reviews, blogs and other interactive features.

For a deeper look at  Milwaukee's urban landscape, provides an informative and open dialogue on current issues, events, and people affecting Milwaukee’s most urban neighborhoods, and promotes urbanism within the city of Milwaukee.



View the Milwaukee Relocation Handbook online for detailed information on schools, communities, home prices and more. You can also order a hard copy here.


Get a look at all that Milwaukee has to offer through Visit Milwaukee's Video Tour. Short videos welcome you to Milwaukee and highlight our neighborhoods, parks and lakefront, active lifestyles, dining, festivals and performing arts.

You can also learn more about Milwaukee and its hotspots, neighborhoods, local lore, beer-making roots and real estate options through videos, a slide show, special features and reviews at HGTV's

Find your way around the Milwaukee Region with an interactive map of the metro area.


From R&B singer Al Jarreau to actor Gene Wilder and former prime minister of Israel Golda Meier, a long list of Milwaukeeans have made their marks in the arts, entertainment, sports, public service and industry.


Milwaukee Region News


Milwaukee Named One of the Ten Most Exciting Cities in America

New York Times: Milwaukee Gets Artsy in the Third Ward

Milwaukee Ranks in "Top 10 American Downtowns"

Washington Post: Milwaukee Without the Beer and Brats

New York Post: Milwaukee Gets Hip

Milwaukee No. 4 on Best Places to Party List

Milwaukee is 25th Most Fun City in U.S.

Businessweek Names Milwaukee Among Best Cities for New College Grads

Milwaukee 2nd Safest City in America, According to Forbes

Milwaukee County Park System Wins National Prize

Bronze Fonz Wins Travel Writers Gold

Milwaukee One of America’s Most Walkable Cities

Forbes: Milwaukee a Top City for Working Moms

Three Milwaukee Area Cities Named Best Places to Live by Money

Milwaukee No. 9 on Forbes’ list of Best Cities for Singles

Milwaukee Drivers Rank in Top 20 for Safety

Milwaukee Named One of Cities with Best American Values

National Geographic Ranks Milwaukee a Top 50 Adventure Town

Wisconsin Among Top 5 Friendliest States

BusinessWeek: Pewaukee is Nation's 'Best Affordable' Suburb

Marie Claire Magazine Dubs Milwaukee its ‘Sexiest City’

Forbes Ranks Milwaukee in Top 10 Cities for Young Professionals

Ozaukee, Waukesha Counties Make Forbes List of Best Places to Raise a Family

Men's Journal Names Milwaukee Comeback City

Milwaukee No. 3 on List of Best Cities for Commuters

Waukesha Included in Top 100 Places to Live by Money Magazine

Milwaukee Ranked No. 7 for Its Volunteer Rate

Racine’s North Beach Designated One of the Cleanest and Safest in the U.S.


Milwaukee a Top 10 Town for New College Grads

Milwaukee in Top 20 "America's Hardest Working Towns"

Johnson Controls, ManpowerGroup, Rockwell among "World's Most Ethical Companies"

Baird and Johnson Companies Rank Among Best Workplaces 

MarketWatch Ranks Milwaukee Among Best Cities for Business

Milwaukee Employers Honored Nationally for Flexibility

Forbes Ranks Milwaukee in Top 20 Places to Begin a Career

Northwestern Mutual a 'Best Place' in IT

Johnson Controls Recognized on Forbes Platinum 400 Honor Roll

Milwaukee Ranks Among Top Cities for Filmmakers

Forbes: Milwaukee a Top City for Working Moms

Milwaukee Named a Top 10 Place to Earn a Living by Forbes

Forbes Names Milwaukee One of U.S.'s "Top 10 Up-And-Coming Tech Cities"

Brookfield on List of 100 Best Places to Live and Launch a Small Business



Wisconsin Ranks No. 2 in Health Care Quality

Froedtert Hospital Named to Top 100 Hospitals List

Children's Hospital Ranks 4th Best in Country in Parents Magazine Survey

Men's Fitness Ranks Milwaukee 11th Fittest City



Area Schools Make Newsweek List of Top High Schools

State Scores Near Top on ACT Once Again

Milwaukee School of Engineering Ranks No. 1 for Software Engineering

U.S. News Ranks Alverno College First in Midwest for Best Job Educating Undergrads



Mitchell Still One of Cheapest Airports

Airfares at Mitchell Ranked Third Most Affordable in U.S.

Iron Horse Wins Boutique Hotel Award for 2nd Year in a Row

Hotwire: Milwaukee Among Top Vacation Values



Sanford Owner/Chef Aprhamian a James Beard Finalist

Three Milwaukee Chefs Named James Beard Finalists

Wisconsin a Top 10 Craft Brew State

Milwaukee Among Top 10 Beer Cities in the World

Watts Tea Shop honored by James Beard Foundation as one of "America’s Classics"

Milwaukee Named Bar City of the Year

Milwaukee's Sprecher is NY Times' Top-rated Root Beer

Alterra Scores on Forbes' "10 Hottest Coffeehouses"

Apple Pie at Elegant Farmer Named Best in U.S.

Five O'Clock Steakhouse Named One of Best in the U.S.

Milwaukee in Top 10 Places for “Classic American Eats”


Milwaukee Named a Top American City for Art

Milwaukee Art Museum Named World's Sexiest Building

American Style Magazine Includes Milwaukee in Top 25 Arts Destinations for Fifth Year in a Row

Milwaukee Art Museum Named Among the “New Wonders of the World” by Conde Nast Traveler Magazine


Summerfest, the world's largest music festival, attracts more than


people to Milwaukee's lakefront each year for an 11-day celebration of music and food.


Milwaukee Art Museum

The Milwaukee Art Museum's collection features nearly 20,000 works, including important collections of Old Masters, American decorative arts, German Expressionism, folk and Haitian art, and American art after 1960. Its Quadracci Pavilion addition was the first Santiago Calatrava-designed building to be constructed in the United States and has received numerous national and international honors since its completion in 2001.