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Old 05-04-2009, 03:27 PM
 
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Personally, I'd avoid Kenosha like the plague. Eau Claire (I lived there for many years) is a nice town, but the crime has increased in recent years with some gangs in the area. Middleton (have family there and have been there hundreds of times) is an outstanding town with close proximity to Madison. If it were me, I'd take Middleton, Madison, EC in that order. Avoid cities in Wisconsin like Racine, Beloit, Kenosha, Appleton. Hey, it's just my two cents.
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Old 05-06-2009, 10:27 PM
 
Location: Carthage, MO
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Port Washington, like Josh pointed out, is really nice. This may be a dumb question, but what's a "DH"?
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Old 05-07-2009, 08:20 AM
 
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DH = dear (darling) husband

Or if you are mad at him = da*n husband
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Old 05-08-2009, 05:47 PM
 
Location: Wisconsin
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Word of warning, no matter how highly skilled you are, do NOT move without lining up a job first. My husband is high up in the IT field so I know how extremely tight the field is up here.
As for where in Wisconsin might suit you, take a visit up here sometime if you can. Plan on spending some time in Madison, Milwaukee, Green Bay and any other cities that interest you. Everybody has different ideas of what makes a place nice to live in. Also, be prepared for a culture shock if you move to a small town. I happen to like small communities, but they're not for everyone.
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Old 05-08-2009, 06:08 PM
 
Location: IN
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To the OP: The northwoods is entirely different from the rest of Wisconsin. It might as well be night vs day. The gateway to the northwoods is Wausau.
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Old 05-09-2009, 05:43 PM
 
Location: Two Rivers, Wisconsin
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Yep, Granite makes a good point. The upper third (give or take) of Wisconsin is definitely different. You can draw a line from Wausau east over towards Oconto Falls/Oconto and everything north is very northwoods all the way to the Michigan line! Not a bad thing, just agreeing with GS!
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Old 05-12-2009, 10:01 AM
 
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If population and location near a city of 100,000 works for you, there are a number of choices: pretty much all milwaukee suburbs; West Bend, the Madison suburbs of Middleton, Fitchburg, or Monona. Much of SE wisconsin would suffice, really. And the good news is that they are all a short drive to Chicago.
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Old 05-12-2009, 10:05 AM
 
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If population and location near a city of 100,000 works for you, there are a number of choices: pretty much all milwaukee suburbs; West Bend, the Madison suburbs of Middleton, Fitchburg, or Monona. Much of SE wisconsin would suffice, really. And the good news is that they are all a short drive to Chicago.

However, in this economy and in this part of the country, PLEASE FIND A JOB BEFORE YOU MOVE HERE. I cant stress it enough. Good jobs in this part of the country are getting rare, so moving here without landing one first could be the biggest mistake you make.
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Old 05-17-2009, 07:23 PM
 
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Well, I live in Appleton, and its a great medium-sized city! Lots to do, close to several other cities Lots of new businesses popping up everywhere, too And if you want to live out in the country, its only like a 20 minute drive into the middle of Appleton.
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Old 09-18-2010, 11:54 AM
 
Location: Madison, Wisconsin
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I live in Madison, and I think it's a great city. But I don't think that Madison, or even the suburbs are going to meet all your criteria. Middleton just had a big issue with gangs earlier in the summer, and that kind of activity can be found in almost all the nearby suburbs. Cross Plains or Black Earth might be good options--they're further out, but still close enough to commute, and they definitely have the small-town feel. And if you decide to put your kids into the school system at some point, Middleton-Cross Plains schools are excellent.

And I agree with what krock1dk said: your husband should have a job lined up before you move. Wisconsin has been touted as a state that's weathering the recession better than others, and that's true. But people are holding onto their jobs for dear life, so the turnover is way down. And with so many schools here, there's a fresh crop of young, cheap professionals for companies to choose from at least twice per year. That can make it hard for someone with experience to find work.

I'm not trying to be discouraging, just wanting you to have all the info you need before making a major move. Good luck!
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