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|Low State Taxes Ranking: 46Low Cost of Living Ranking: 23
State Economy Ranking: 34
|Average Temperatures (Madison):
The Short of It
What food best represents Wisconsin?
- Cheese, Brats, Beer 1, 2, 3, 4 (!)
What song best represents Wisconsin?
- Roll Out the Barrel 1
- Cadillac Ranch – Bruce Springsteen 2
- Feelin’ So Fly Like a Cheesehead – Higher Education 4
How does WI refer to a carbonated beverage drink?
- Soda 1
- Beer 2
- Soda to the south, pop to the north 3
- Soda, pop, or soda pop 4
If you could take a friend to one place in WI, where would it be?
- The Terrace at UW-Madison 1
- Door County 2
- Any of the lakes 3
- The Dells 4
The Dells (photo by Roller Coaster Philosophy)
The Long of It
Biggest misconception about WI?
- We’re a big farming state filled with lots of cows — I don’t think this is necessarily true. 1
- We don’t hate people from Chicago and Illinois, we love it when they come here with their money…and leave 🙂 2
- There’s a big difference to liking beer and being drunk all the time. 3
- It’s not all flat farmland. There are ample rolling hills and moraines. We do have cities and Northern Wisconsin is heavily forested. 4
Best aspect about living in WI?
- It’s a great balance of city/suburbs/rural areas. Milwaukee and Madison are probably the two largest cities, and they are both dynamic and fun in very different ways. Milwaukee is great because it’s a large city that is easily navigable and offers a lot to do — Brewers games, Summerfest, yummy eats in the Third Ward. Madison is a great mix of being a college town mixed with a very active community — my neighborhood is filled with runners and bikers, and there is a huge network of bike and walking trails to help you to to get across town! And there is a big culture of going “up north” during the summer – either to the Wisconsin Dells or personal cabins, we take our summer vacationing very seriously! 1
- Low cost of living and everything from big city to small town to coast lines and north woods. 2
- Midwestern friendliness, values, hospitality. Four seasons. Beautiful country life and decent sized city life activity. Great education system. Tons of activities! 3
- The bond that Green Bay Packer fans share with each other. Plus we have a ton of year-round tourist activities; lots of parks, festivals (brats, music, cheese, chocolate, etc), breweries, etc. 4
Worst aspect about living in WI?
- The weather isn’t always the greatest. I’ve lived here my entire life, so I like having four seasons, but winter can be tough (especially this year when it is lasting into April). But there is also a lot to do during the winter — skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, ice fishing… 1
- High taxes. 2
- Hmmm, depends on your dislikes. It was a gorgeous 65 degrees yesterday and it is raining/snowing today. Humidity can be brutal. Certain political parties have had control of the state for quite some time and our taxes are higher than some states. We’re working on bringing that down now though! 3
- Probably the need to salt the roads every winter. It can cause a lot of corrosion underneath your car. And road construction season. 4
Summarize your feelings about Wisconsin in five words.
- I wouldn’t live anywhere else. 1
- You can have the rest. 2
- Perfect places for raising families. 3
- Friendly, beautiful, affordable, comfortable seasons. 4
Our Freaking Take
I can honestly say that I’ve never met someone from Wisconsin. And if I have, I didn’t get to know them well enough to find out about their home state. After reading this post, I feel like I really missed out. The Midwest (it’s not in the Middle or the West of the country, but I’ll go with it) is pretty much foreign to Joanna and me, so we really had no expectations. But we both agreed — it sounds sort of magical. Sure, the taxes don’t sound too awesome, and I could do without the winters, but cheese, brats, and beers? Summers at the lake? Green Bay Packers? Doesn’t really get much more American than that. Consider us intrigued, Badgers.
How did these answers line up with your perception of Wisconsin? Have your thoughts on the state changed after reading this? Could you see it fitting your forever-place bill?