A few cities in Wisconsin are more glum than others.

When you visit a town for the first time, there are some characteristics you can easily get a vibe for, like maybe they're really snobby. But residents having kind of a depressed, Eeyore-like attitude isn't something you would likely catch onto quickly.

Only a third of Wisconsinites say that they're happy, according to a study by RoadSnacks. The crew crunched the numbers and using the stats they found, ranked the "Most Miserable Cities in Wisconsin for 2023".

To come up with this, they looked at stats indicating things that would make people happy and comfortable, like money and a good home life. These are the main ones they took into consideration:

  • Percent of residents with a college degree
  • Average commute times
  • Unemployment rates
  • Cost of living
  • Percent of married couples
  • Percent of families with kids
  • Poverty rate
  • Median home price

Here are this year's top 3 most miserable cities in Wisconsin.

#3. Beloit


On the southern state line in Wisconsin sits Beloit, which has a population of 36,567.

  • Poverty Level: 17.7%
  • Median Home Price $102,100
  • Married Households 20%
  • Households With Kids 30.75%

#2. Racine


Racine sits on the shore of Lake Michigan and is apparently a pretty sad place, with the highest poverty level out of the top 3. They have a population of 77,705.

  • Poverty Level: 19.8%
  • Median Home Price $125,600
  • Married Households 22%
  • Households With Kids 35.33%

#1. Portage


The most miserable town in Wisconsin for 2023 is Portage, according to RoadSnacks. They're part of the Madison metro area, with a population of 10,351, and the highest median home price in the top 3.

  • Poverty Level: 12.3%
  • Median Home Price $151,000
  • Married Households 25%
  • Households With Kids 30.27%

Mind you, the study looked at Wisconsin towns with a population of 5,000 or more so there could still be some pretty miserable ones around the state. You can get more details at RoadSnacks' website.

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