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Old 07-15-2017, 09:14 PM
 
Location: Milwaukee, WI
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OP - If you're looking for a diverse community -- I agree with the others -- you're not living in a great place. Brookfield demographics are heavily skewed white. Tosa, Bay View, Glendale, Fox Point, are more diverse. Areas that are predominantly one race (in this case White) are Whitefish Bay (aka "Whitefolks Bay"), Waukesha, Mequon, Cedarburg, and Muskego.
Hmmm, I have a feeling that Fox Point is whiter than Whitefish Bay... I could be wrong though, there's demographic stats on each town on the main city-data page. But my perception is FP is whity-white (no public transportation), and WFB is not totally so (public transportation and affordable apartments are available).
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Old 07-26-2017, 04:57 PM
 
Location: Northern Wisconsin
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I was just back to visit family in Wis. My brother still complains about how unfriendly people in his neighbor are, and he grew up in the area and has lived in the neighborhood for over 10 years. IMHO, people in Wis are generally cold. Its like a lot of places. Family is most people's social circle. I doubt it has anything to do with being black. Is it any worse than most places in the USA? Probably not, but small towns are sometimes better. From my experience, people in your area think they're better than others. You might have better luck in someplace like Heartland or Jackson. Just don't buy a house if you want to try another place . Rent, and then if it still doesn't work out, its easier to pick up and move.
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Old 07-27-2017, 07:39 AM
 
Location: RI, MA, VT, WI, IL, CA, IN (that one sucked), KY
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I was just back to visit family in Wis. My brother still complains about how unfriendly people in his neighbor are, and he grew up in the area and has lived in the neighborhood for over 10 years. IMHO, people in Wis are generally cold. Its like a lot of places. Family is most people's social circle. I doubt it has anything to do with being black. Is it any worse than most places in the USA? Probably not, but small towns are sometimes better. From my experience, people in your area think they're better than others. You might have better luck in someplace like Heartland or Jackson. Just don't buy a house if you want to try another place . Rent, and then if it still doesn't work out, its easier to pick up and move.

Fascinating. I guess its relative. What I liked most about Wisconsin was how outgoing and friendly people were overall. Maybe that was just because I was based in Madison.
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Old 07-28-2017, 12:41 AM
 
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I was just back to visit family in Wis. My brother still complains about how unfriendly people in his neighbor are, and he grew up in the area and has lived in the neighborhood for over 10 years. IMHO, people in Wis are generally cold. Its like a lot of places. Family is most people's social circle. I doubt it has anything to do with being black. Is it any worse than most places in the USA? Probably not, but small towns are sometimes better. From my experience, people in your area think they're better than others. You might have better luck in someplace like Heartland or Jackson. Just don't buy a house if you want to try another place . Rent, and then if it still doesn't work out, its easier to pick up and move.
Believe it or not, small towns arounds Milwaukee would likely be much worse for a mixed race couple.
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Old 07-28-2017, 08:56 AM
 
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Believe it or not, small towns arounds Milwaukee would likely be much worse for a mixed race couple.
Exactly. I have no idea what the person you replied to was ranting about. Mostly nonsense.
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Old 07-28-2017, 07:53 PM
 
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Fascinating. I guess its relative. What I liked most about Wisconsin was how outgoing and friendly people were overall. Maybe that was just because I was based in Madison.
I find your comment fascinating because when I lived in Madison, I thought people were stuck up as hell.
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Old 07-28-2017, 08:04 PM
 
Location: SC
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When I lived in WI, near GB, I got the feeling that most - to all the people I met in Wisconsin could care less that I was black. I never felt singled out.

But at the same time, I also never got the feeling that too many people were dying to be my friend either.

But in the year I was there, I did learn that you meet certain people in certain situations there. A casino where I saw many of the same people repeatedly (yes, I was there often), and going out to the local pub (Coaches Corner) after work with friends. In fact I got that particular ball rolling by inviting co-workers to hang at the end of the day.

Eventually, I met a couple nice girls there and again, nobody seemed to care that we were IR.

The only thing I would caution about is that the combination of very cold winter, going out after work often for the customary "double" drinks and the rather heavy food, and not particularly a lot to do helped me gain a lot of weight that I had to shed after leaving WI.


My point I guess is that more than any other place I lived, you really have to reach out to people in WI. They are not really reaching out to you that much.

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Old 07-30-2017, 01:53 AM
 
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I don't know if just seeing racial diversity and affordability would be enough to keep you in WI, but just thought I'd mention that Brown Deer in N Milwaukee Co. is 31.7% black, has affordable housing, many stores in or near there, a few parks, many schools. 6 lane Hwy 100 E from there takes you to I-43, if you want to go south towards Milwaukee. Brown Deer (inc. 1955) has 12,000 people, but is surrounded by other towns, so not a rural area. Brown Deer County Park has been there since early 1900s when it was a rural area.

There are many golf courses in the area. There's a bowling alley. There's a chlorinated pond for swimming in the Village Park. They have a Walmart. The public library is next to a couple schools that have football/track, soccer, ball fields & tennis. Library can get things from any Milwaukee Co. library.

As for crime, average or lower, depending on year. 0 murders from 2001-2015.

I see the police there raise lots of money with fines mostly from speeding and parking violations. They got 8 people in June for "drugs" & if it was just cannabis, I think about CA having legalized it. It looks like they have many very religious types there as I see a school next to a Baptist church. There's also some huge school that has International in it's name, not sure what they are training people to do. Also in Brown Deer is the Milwaukee sign language school. There are business parks and an industrial park.

There's as you know the 10+ weeks of daily highs below freezing, with months of intermittent snow. Also I might guess by now you've got somewhat of an idea about their state and Federal politicians' thoughts.

If you go to city-data.com and check every town in CA/OR/WA, perhaps you will see somewhere that seems nearly perfect. Best wishes.




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We are definitely going to get out to some of those areas mentioned and spend some time at the restaurants and parks, but so far we have somewhat decided to move back to southern California. If we sell our Brookfield house and settle in another city here in Wisconsin if things would remain the same and having to move again or it ends up being the right decision for our family. It surely is a stressful gamble especially when it involves time, money and unfortunately uprooting our children again. I know race can be a touchy subject for some people, so I am extremely grateful for the replies!
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Old 08-04-2017, 09:25 AM
 
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Not a mistake to move to Wisconsin, but the Milwaukee region has exactly the problems you mentioned. It is segregated and I would say it will make very little difference relocating to a slightly less terrible suburb in terms of diversity.

Madison isn't like that. I'm white but I could never consider living in the Milwaukee area because of the political and racial divisions there. Wouldn't want my kids to grow up in an environment like that.

When you are represented by the likes of Jim Sensenbrenner, Glenn Grothman, and Paul Ryan it's not surprising those attitudes prevail.

I don't know when they'll wake up and realize it isn't 1960 anymore.
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Old 08-06-2017, 03:14 PM
 
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No offense, but Madison people never think Madison is racist or segregated.
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