Green Bay Named the No. 1 Place to Live in the US

Credit: US News & World Report

By Christina Lorey

May 16, 2023

US News & World Report is out with its new rankings of the “Best Places to Live in the US,” and three Wisconsin cities made the list.

It’s a good day to be a Wisconsinite. Green Bay topped US News & World Report’s 2023-2024 list, which scored 150 of the most populous metros on value, desirability, employment rates, and quality of life.

“Home to one of the most storied football franchises in the NFL, the Green Bay Packers, Green Bay has the perfect mix of big-city amenities complemented with a Midwestern, small-town feel,” the editors wrote.

“The city boasts a thriving entertainment and arts scene, revitalized downtown, and two college campuses–creating an energy that may appeal to young families as well as retirees. 

Green Bay received its highest scores in the “Quality of Life” and “Cheapest Places to Live” categories; the latter is thanks to its median monthly rent of $851 and median home price of $247,092. On average, Green Bay residents spend less than 20% of their income on housing, according to the report.

When making its list, US News & World Report used US Census Bureau data for the entire Green Bay metro area, which covers Brown, Kewaunee, and Oconto counties.

Click here for the full breakdown of why Green Bay’s the #1 place in America to live.

Other Wisconsin List-Makers 

Also in the Top 100 from Wisconsin: 

#11. Madison 

#65. Milwaukee

READ MORE: Six Wisconsin Cities Earn a Spot in Livability’s “Top 100 Best Places to Live”


  • Christina Lorey

    Christina is an Edward R. Murrow-winning journalist and former producer, reporter, and anchor for TV stations in Madison and Moline. When she’s not writing or asking questions, you can find her volunteering with Girls on the Run, the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, and various mental health organizations.

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