Milwaukee, Wis.

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Milwaukee is in the middle of the midsize city pack overall but closer to the bottom in terms of economic climate. It offers sports fans plenty of hometown options. The presence of the Brewers and the Bucks is part of the reason why Milwaukee ranks third among all midsize cities on our measure of arts and entertainment. In addition, Summerfest, an annual 11-day music festival, gives summer students and interns the chance to enjoy Lake Michigan without wind and ice. Milwaukee ranks relatively high for its young, well-educated workforce, a reflection of the state’s strong public higher education system and of the number of colleges and universities located there, including the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Marquette University.

#9 Milwaukee, Wis.

POPULATION: 1,572,873
STUDENTS: 111,326
RANKING DETAIL:
#8 COLLEGE EDUCATED
#11 DIVERSITY

Quality of life

#6 CITY ACCESS
#3 ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
#18 BARS AND RESTAURANTS

Economics

#16 YOUTH UNEMPLOYMENT
#11 LABOR FORCE
#11 INNOVATION
#9 RENT

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