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28. Menomonee Falls, WI

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Menomonee Falls, WI Village of Menomenee Falls

Top 50 rank: 28

Population: 35,974

Menomonee Falls is home to several large employers, including the headquarters of retailer Kohl’s and a Harley-Davidson factory. The city also offers easy access to opportunities in Milwaukee, just 20 miles away.

Menomonee Falls is also known as a good place to buy a starter house: Median home sales prices hover around $200,000. –H.L.

Menomonee Falls, WI

Town stats

Median family income (per year) $86,491
Job growth % (2010-2012) 2.14%
Median home price (2012) $174,500
Reading test scores (% above/below average) 14.3%
Math test scores (% above/below average) 18.1%
Personal crime incidents (per 1,000) 0
Property crime incidents (per 1,000) 13

Financials

Median family income (per year) $86,491
Family purchasing power (annual, cost-of-living adjusted) $85,720
Sales tax 5.10%
State income tax rate (highest bracket) 7.75%I
State income tax rate (lowest bracket) 4.60%I
Auto insurance premiums (Average price quotes, for the state) $1,486
Job growth % (2010-2012) 2.14%

Housing

Median home price (2012) $174,500
Average property taxes 14.3%

Education

Colleges, universities and professional schools (within 30 miles) 21
Reading test scores (% above/below state average) 14.3%
Test scores math (% above/below average) 18.1%
% students attending public/private schools (located within town limits) 77.5/22.5

Quality of life

Air quality index* (% of days AQI ranked as good) 73.8%
Personal crime incidents (per 1,000) 0
Property crime incidents (per 1,000) 13
Median commute time (in minutes) 18.6
% population with commute 45 mins. or longer 5.0%
% population walk or bike to work 1.1%

Leisure and culture

Movie theaters (within 15 miles) 26
Restaurants (within 15 miles) 2,307
Bars (within 15 miles) 676
Public golf courses (within 30 miles) 121
Libraries (within 15 miles) 50
Museums (accredited by AAM; within 30 miles) 2
Ski resorts (within 100 miles) N.A.
Arts funding (Dollars per person of state funds spent on arts) 0.4

Weather

Annual rainfall (inches) 34.81
% clear days in the area 52%
High temp in July ° F 80.2°
Low temp in Jan ° F 8.1°

Meet the neighbors

Median age 42.8
Completed at least some college (% of residents) 62.8%
Married % 59.9%
Divorced % 8.2%
Racial diversity index (100 is national average; higher numbers indicate greater diversity) 36.0

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