What Is It Like To Live in Milwaukee?

I grew up outside of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. My parents moved to a suburb of Milwaukee when I was in the 3rd grade.

How Safe Is Downtown Milwaukee, WI?
How Safe Is Downtown Milwaukee, WI?

Milwaukee is a great city to live in. A city of its size has a lot to offer, such as great sports teams, an excellent downtown area, world-class museums and parks, a ton of festivals—fantastic food and nightlife. Many people born and raised in the Milwaukee area usually want to stay there as they know what a great city Milwaukee is to live and work in.

I know that many times the City of Milwaukee may get a bad rap. Some people feel like maybe it is not safe. But the truth is that most parts of Milwaukee are safe. If you are interested to find out more, you can read our blog, Is Milwaukee Wisconsin Safe? by clicking here.

Here Are 10 Of Our Top Reasons Why Milwaukee Is A Great City To Live and Work

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Great Sports City

You can not talk about Milwaukee without talking about the Sports scene of Milwaukee. Milwaukee produces two great sports teams, i.e., the Milwaukee Brewers, Milwaukee Bucks. Along with those two great teams, Milwaukee is also home to the Milwaukee Admirals.

Even though Green Bay is not officially in Milwaukee, the citizens of Milwaukee are just as passionate about the Green Bay Packers as they are about the Milwaukee Brewer, Bucks, and other Milwaukee-based teams as the Milwaukee Admirals.

People in Milwaukee are passionate about their sports teams. They love them and are entirely loyal to them whether they are winning or losing the season.

All around Milwaukee, people can be seen wearing all kinds of sports swags; in fact, Milwaukee is so decided on their sports teams it is almost a religion. Many public schools will have days when all the children wear the sports swag for a specific Milwaukee team to show their united support.

Bustling Nightlight

Milwaukee has always had a bustling nightlight. You can find a pub on almost every corner of Milwaukee and many times a pub on each corner. When you drive past most of these pubs, the parking lots are full of patrons.

The pubs in Milwaukee are a gathering place, similar to those in Europe, where neighbors and friends gather together to eat and drink.

People from Milwaukee love their nightlife. Milwaukee is always ready to party.

Milwaukee does not just have pubs, but it has a thriving upmarket, fashionable craft beer scene. If you are a lover of all kinds of beer – Milwaukee is the place to be.

Great Food

Milwaukee is a city of great food. We love our food in Milwaukee. You can find a ton of old established restaurants – many of them serving foods from all over the world. This is because Milwaukee is a city built on immigrants.

The German came to Milwaukee in full force, so it is common to see Milwaukeeans preferring a German-style bratwurst over a hotdog. Some of the nation’s top German restaurants are in Milwaukee.

Every Friday, you will find the city is filled with a Friday night fish fry as fish fries are also another Milwaukee tradition.

If you love to eat, Milwaukee is the place to be. You can find all kinds of great food in Milwaukee.

Wonderful Lake Front

Milwaukee has a beautiful lakefront. Not only is there a lovely park on the lakefront where you can watch the fireworks on the fourth of July, but you can also fly a kite, rent a bike or take a walk.

Tucked downtown is the Milwaukee Community Sailing Clubs, one of the best sailing schools and community clubs in the United States. The sailing club has some weeknight racing during the summer, and they teach both children and adults how to sail. They own over sixty boats their members can use to take out on Lake Michigan.

World-class Museums and Zoo

Milwaukee is filled with world-class museums. Everything from the iconic Art Museum in downtown Milwaukee to the children’s museums scattered around the city. There is a Discovery World Museum right on the lakefront, which is excellent for children and families.

The Milwaukee Public Museum has always been a favorite. The museum has a famous butterfly room and a lot of other great exhibits.

The Milwaukee Zoo is a top world-class zoo. There are so many great exhibits and places to see that it is consistently rated in the top 10 zoos in the United States.

Lots Of Great Festivals

Milwaukee is a city of festivals. All year round, celebrations are going on around the city.

Each summer, there is the music festival, Summer Fest. Milwaukee is also home to Irish Fest, German Fest, Polish Fest, Bastille Days, PrideFest, and Indian Summer Festival, to name a few.

Many of these festivals are cultural festivals because Milwaukee is a city that is proud of its cultural heritage.

The Wisconsin State Fair comes to the State Fair Park in Milwaukee county each year. The fair has excellent entertainment and anything a classic State Fair would have.

A Lot Of Parks

Milwaukee County is home to more than 140 public parks and parkways. Over 23 square miles of green spaces are scattered through the city. The amount of parks and green spaces that Milwaukee has is a significant amount for any major city.

Because of all the green space, some people call Milwaukee the city of parks. One of my favorite parks is Whitnall Park that is located in Milwaukee county. The Park has hiking and walking trails, a nature center, a botanical garden, and public golf course.

Theatre And Arts Scene

Milwaukee has a thriving theatre and arts scene. Downtown Milwaukee has at least ten significant theatres, many old and built like an old European theatre in Paris or Germany.

Besides these significant theaters, the city also has a lot of smaller theatres throughout the city.

Because of this theatre district, Milwaukee has a thriving arts and theatre scene with many top performances that come into the city center to perform.

Easy Access Most Of The Time

Most of the time, Milwaukee is an accessible city to drive to get around. It can take you 15 to 30 minutes to go to downtown Milwaukee from many of the suburbs. A 15 to 30-minute drive from a suburb to downtown Milwaukee is fantastic.

The commute time is an advantage of living and working in Milwaukee: you can easily access what is available downtown but live comfortably out in one of Milwaukee’s many suburbs.

Great People Live In Milwaukee

Milwaukee truly has some great people. Many of them come from working-class roots; Milwaukee is a city that has a rich cultural heritage and believes in families.

In Milwaukee, you will find that many people who were born in Milwaukee never leave. People in Milwaukee understand what a great city Milwaukee is.

Milwaukee is a great city – it is my hometown.

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Check out the Milwaukee Community Sailing Center by clicking here.

Is Milwaukee Wisconsin Safe?

Milwaukee cannot be considered a safe city, but despite the statistics, most of the danger is in specific city areas or on the north side of the city, so most of the city is still considered safe. This northside is a place that most tourists or visitors would not travel to. Most of the surrounding suburbs and areas within the city are considered to be safe.

You can learn more by reading Is Milwaukee Wisconsin Safe? by clicking here.

What To Do In Milwaukee, Wisconsin?

Milwaukee, also known as Cream City is a beautiful place to live or visit. The city is filled with a lot of great food and drink plus a host of exciting museums and factory tours. There are a lot of great activities on Lake Michigan or near the lakefront. This city of festivals has something to offer everyone.

You can find out more by reading 15 Things To Do In Milwaukee, An Insiders Guide by clicking here.

Anita L Hummel

Hi, I live in Hanoi, Vietnam but spend time traveling the region. I love to share with you things I see and learn through my travels.

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