Cost of Living in Milwaukee

Summary about cost of living in Milwaukee:

Restaurants [ Edit ] Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 14.50 $ 10.00-20.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 50.00 $ 40.00-75.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 7.00 $ 6.00-7.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 4.00 $ 3.00-5.00
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 6.00 $ 4.00-7.00
Cappuccino (regular) 4.16 $ 3.00-5.00
Coke/Pepsi (11.2 oz small bottle) 1.68 $ 1.00-2.00
Water (11.2 oz small bottle) 1.22 $ 1.00-2.00
Markets [ Edit ]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 2.81 $ 1.99-3.29
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 2.33 $ 1.20-3.85
Rice (white), (1 lb) 1.68 $ 0.79-2.35
Eggs (regular) (12) 1.51 $ 0.99-2.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 4.93 $ 3.99-7.00
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 4.26 $ 2.00-6.00
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 5.21 $ 3.75-6.75
Apples (1 lb) 1.97 $ 1.50-3.00
Banana (1 lb) 0.52 $ 0.45-0.79
Oranges (1 lb) 1.82 $ 0.99-4.00
Tomato (1 lb) 1.77 $ 0.99-2.00
Potato (1 lb) 0.54 $ 0.30-0.69
Onion (1 lb) 0.74 $ 0.49-1.00
Lettuce (1 head) 1.49 $ 0.99-2.49
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 2.19 $ 1.75-3.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 12.00 $ 10.00-19.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 2.57 $ 1.50-3.50
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 2.83 $ 1.50-5.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 7.99 $ 7.25-8.00
Transportation [ Edit ]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 2.25 $ 2.25-2.50
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 68.50 $ 60.00-80.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 2.88 $ 2.25-3.50
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 1.75 $ 1.00-2.50
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 52.50 $ 45.00-60.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 2.52 $ 2.29-2.99
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 21,815.00 $ 18,000.00-22,000.00
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 20,702.67 $ 17,000.00-23,400.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 130.21 $ 63.00-200.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.10 $ 0.10-0.10
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 57.86 $ 47.00-80.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 31.11 $ 10.00-60.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 30.00 $ 12.00-40.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 10.00 $ 9.00-12.00
Childcare [ Edit ]
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 1,450.00 $ 1,000.00-2,000.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 15,366.67 $ 10,200.00-18,000.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 39.36 $ 25.00-50.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 31.19 $ 20.00-45.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 65.83 $ 50.00-75.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 97.69 $ 60.00-150.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 1,096.11 $ 825.00-1,300.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 817.50 $ 600.00-1,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 2,020.00 $ 1,250.00-3,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 1,378.12 $ 950.00-2,000.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 159.29 $ 137.48-288.00
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 78.65 $ 50.73-175.00
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ]
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 2,437.11 $
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 4.04 3.60-4.54

Prices in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Last update: June 2018
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5 Comments so far

#Ogirl on Jun 10, 2016 :
The prices on this page are pretty accurate EXCEPT the rent. I'm not sure what areas they are based on but you can definitely find hundreds upon hundreds of places for about half the prices listed. On the block I live on now (in the south side very close to downtown) there is a 1br for $500/month, a 2br for $565/month, 3br for $750/month. I will soon be moving into a 3br for $600/month a few minutes south. I have lived in the south side my entire life and I have never had a problem with crime. Lived in the Northside for about a month and my house got shot up because of problems the downstairs neighbors had with others. I have many relatives here and none have had serious thing happen except my sister who had her home broken into several times and she even came home early one day to catch the guys in there with masks and guns. She ran out and called police. Turns out it was her downstairs neighbors. Oh yea and that was also in the NORTH side. She moved about a month later too lol.
#ts on Apr 17, 2015 :
I don't know about the other people on this page, but I actually live in Milwaukee, and it definitely has a lot of crime on the north side. Unless you were referencing the south side, you were way off.
#purplelady on Nov 10, 2014 :
Mkeguy is right on. Milwaukee is a delightful city in which to bike and ride the bus. Drivers are improving their awareness and even beginning to observe walking lanes. Bus drivers are friendly and helpful in the eastside & downtown area. Do take the bus. It's fun and nice to get to your destination and not have to worry about where to park or the cost of parking.
As a biker, I take the Oak Leaf Trail frequently to avoid street riding. It refreshes your brain, too.
#mkeguy on Jun 26, 2014 :
I live downtown (Marquette campus) and bike everywhere, and I take the bus throughout the winter and sometimes when I don't feel like biking. The recommendation about not taking the bus is absurd. I notice a lot of people in Milwaukee are afraid of taking the bus or have taken it a couple of times and are intimidated by it for some reason. I've lived in numerous cities and while the bus system isn't fantastic, it's fairly reliable and with the new upgrades to the busses they are by no means uncomfortable.

It's pretty cheap to go out in Milwaukee if you stick to the right places, and the same goes for eating out. As for crime, like any moderate-big sized city, if you don't venture into bad neighborhoods during the night you're probably going to be safe. Just use common sense. Most of the crime that happens in Milwaukee is not centered downtown or on the Eastside, it's in neighborhoods that you probably won't ever go to. Not that crime doesn't happen ever -- it does, it's just that it's not as rampant as people might suggest.

I've lived in Milwaukee for the past year, and have family that have lived here for many years. Overall, I've really enjoyed my time here. I'm a student but also working full time and have managed to live without a car and have been able to save money at the same time.

I should touch on the fact that you'll hear a lot about Milwaukee being segregated. I believe it's extremely apparent. Living downtown, I don't see it as much but I can't tell you how many people I know that live near UWM who get surprised by the number of people of color they see when they come visit my area by Marquette. Or I'll hear people say things are "really ghetto". Let me just make sure to emphasize that this is my own personal observation and by no means speaks for everyone's experience. While I DEFINITELY don't think Milwaukee is the most segregated city in the country, I believe it's not super integrated and it's a problem that I hope is getting better.

In conclusion, I do think Milwaukee has a fantastic work/life balance and is pretty easy on the wallet. It's a nice medium sized city and if you need more amenities, you're a short train/car ride from Chicago.
#chatterbox on Jun 17, 2014 :
This is fairly accurate. If you went to one of the trendier restaurants, dinner for 2 (including appetizers, a few drinks and entrees) would be $80-100. Beer at any bar runs from $3-8 depending on if it's domestic or craft. Taxis from one end of town to the other will cost about $15 for one person, including a 20% tip.

Not really that full of criminals. There are so many people out at restaurants and at bars, the only crimes you might come across in the popular areas of town would be a pickpocket, like any other midsize-major city in the country.

Recommendation: Don't take the bus. Ever.