Living in Wisconsin

Live the life you have always wanted in Wisconsin. Windseeker Realty is the leading source for all things related to the coveted Wisconsin lifestyle.

History

Wisconsin’s earliest inhabitants were the Ho-Chunk, Huron, Kickapoo, Ojibwe, Ottawa, and Sioux tribes.

Here are some of the most significant events in the state’s history:

  • The arrival of French and English settlers, who set up trading posts for the fur trade, which proved lucrative in Europe.
  • The outbreak of the French and Indian War in 1754 and its subsequent ending in 1763 with the Treaty of Paris.
  • The discovery of lead ore in the 1820s brought an influx of new settlers, with Native Americans being forced out by the US government.
  • Wishing to return to their territories, the Fox and Sauk tribes fought against the U.S. Army Under Chief Black Hawk in 1832. It would escalate into the Black Hawk War. They tribes were defeated at the Battle of Bad Axe.
  • U.S. Congress established the territory of Wisconsin following the American Revolution in 1836, and it was the 30th state to join the Union in 1848.
  • Over 91,000 men went to battle during the Civil War. Women stayed behind to till the fields and work in the factories.

Lifestyle

Aside from its rich history, Wisconsin and the Chequamegon/Lake Superior area, has much to offer in terms of lifestyle:

  • Freshwater lakes like Lake Superior and Lake Michigan – two of the Great Lakes – offering boating, fishing, and swimming opportunities.
  • A wealth of fresh, seasonal, locally sourced fruits and vegetables – visit the Fruit Loop just outside of Bayfield, WI!
  • A calendar of highly anticipated events and festivals like the Big Chill, World Championship Snowmobile Derby, La Crosse Mardi Gras, Milwaukee Summer Fest, Lumberjack World Championships, Wisconsin State Fair, and more. A popular local event is Bayfield’s Apple Festival held the first weekend in October.
  • A large selection of dairy products, including authentic and handmade Colby Cheese, a world-renowned variant produced by a few local cheesemakers in America’s Dairyland. Some of our local favorites are Happy Hollow Creamery & Sassy Nanny.
  • Numerous craft breweries that produce different kinds of beers – Milwaukee was known as the beer capital of the world at one point and has hosted major breweries like Pabst and Millers. Check out the Copper Crow Distillery or other great local options!
  • Sports events featuring professional teams like the Green Bay Packers.

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Employment

As of June 2018, Wisconsin’s unemployment rate was 3.0%, lower than the national average of 4.0% from the same time period.

The state was historically an agricultural hub, with most of the population working as farmers. Today, job seekers have a wide range of permanent and short-term employment opportunities to choose from.

Wisconsin is home to nine Fortune 500 companies:

  • Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Co.
  • Manpower Group
  • Kohl’s Corp.
  • American Family Insurance Group
  • WEC Energy Group
  • Oshkosh Corp.
  • Rockwell Automation Inc.
  • Fiserv Inc., Brookfield
  • Harley-Davidson Inc.

Major employers include:

  • University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Menard Inc.
  • Epic Systems Corporation
  • Thedacare Inc.
  • Kohl’s Corporation

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Retirement

Media outfits like CNN Money and MarketWatch have consistently ranked Wisconsin among the best states to retire in the United States. No matter your interests, you can look forward to living your golden years in style and comfort.

Wisconsin has much to offer incoming retirees:

  • Access to two Great Lakes, over 15,000 inland lakes, and roughly 33,000 miles of streams and rivers for those who enjoy fishing, boating, and swimming.
  • Over 500 golf courses, including golf destinations like Whistling Straits Course, Erin Hills Golf Course, and Milwaukee Country Club.
  • Approximately 5 million acres of public hunting grounds and a large population of hunting game like white-tailed deer.
  • A wide selection of parks and museums, including Milwaukee Art Museum, Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Devil’s Lake State Park, and Mirror Lake State Park.
  • Over 1,500 senior living communities offering assisted living, independent living, memory care, and 24/7 skilled nursing care.
  • Low cost of living and low taxes, according to a 2017 article by Bankrate. The state does not tax Social Security retirement benefits and income from a government pension
  • Relatively low median home prices and low rental rates, making Wisconsin one of the most affordable states to retire in

According to 2018 estimates by the U.S. Census, about 16.1% of Wisconsin’s population is over 65 and those figures continue to grow as more retirees set their sights on the Badger State.

Moreover, Wisconsin has a robust and adequately funded public pension system with $108.0 billion in assets. 632,802 current and former local and state government employees rely on WRS for retirement security. These individuals and their employers contribute to pension system over the course of their careers.

The WRS extends the following benefits to qualified retirees:

  • Retirement benefits
  • Separation benefits
  • Death benefits
  • Disability benefits

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