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City of Green Bay

GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) – US News and World Report has named the 25 best places to live in the US in 2024-2025.

Green Bay, WI comes in at number 12. The rankings are based on affordability, strong job market, high quality of life and other factors.

The report says:

Green Bay is a small town packed with big city amenities: art galleries, farm-to-table restaurants, craft breweries, and of course, a renowned NFL franchise. Like many other cities in the Midwest, Green Bay has a low cost of living compared to cities in other regions of the country. It ranks No. 8 for value and is the fifth-highest state when it comes to housing affordability, with a median home price of about $180,000, much lower than the national average of $282,000. Green Bay also scores well in quality of life (No. 25), with short commute times, healthy air quality and low crime.

Brad Toll, Chief Executive Officer at Discover Green Bay, says there is always a lot happening in Green Bay.

“We have a lot of cool events here, like the 2025 NFL Draft, and that contributes to a high quality of life,” Toll said. “The opportunities to experience things like live music festivals, art festivals and those types of events are really important.”

Toll added that one of the reasons Green Bay is so popular for large events coming here is because our event venues, hotels, etc. are cheaper than many other areas.

Green Bay also offers many opportunities for nature lovers. Hikers, runners, cyclists, snowshoers or skiers can take advantage of the area’s trails. In the summer, the Fox River also offers opportunities for boating, kayaking and other water sports.

In 2023, Green Bay was No. 1 on the list.

The only other Wisconsin city in the top 25 this year was Madison, which came in at number 14.