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Milwaukee Neighborhoods

The City of Milwaukee is full of all different neighborhoods from close to Lake Michigan to downtown Milwaukee. Find a neighborhood from our list below, some useful information, and find out why we believe that they are some of the best places to live in Milwaukee.


Fifth Ward
A great place to not only work but also to live and play, a place where art and food mingle with recreation and science.

Third Ward
Home to eateries, boutiques, and art. The neighborhood is home to the award-winning Third Ward Riverwalk and the nationally acclaimed Milwaukee Public Market.

Walker's Point
You’ll find some of the city’s best bars alongside award-winning restaurants and locally-made artisan food products.

Brewers Hill
Historic Brewers Hill remains as an integrated neighborhood with a mix of income, lifestyles, and building choices. Dedicated to maintaining an active, diverse, and stable membership to keep the neighborhood going for another 100 years.


Located in northeast Milwaukee County along the shores of Lake Michigan. The Village is serviced by major arterial roads such as Interstate 43, State Highway 32, and Highway 100.

Brown Deer
The Village of Brown Deer encompasses an area of 4.5 square miles in northern Milwaukee County. The Milwaukee River and a large county park (Brown Deer Park) form the east boundary of the Village. Given the Village’s location, it is considered to be one of the North Shore communities.

Fox Point
A stable community of quiet tree-lined lanes and wooded areas, beautiful ravines, and stunning Lake Michigan vistas.

A dynamic community that maintains its own identity just 4 miles from the City of Milwaukee. It is a city with a rich history, excellent schools, fascinating architecture, quality healthcare, and a variety of recreation opportunities.

One of the oldest areas in Ozaukee County. Grafton grew from a predominantly lumber-oriented industry base to a community of many occupations.

Mequon’s name is derived from an Indian word for ladle, which describes the shape of the Milwaukee River around Mequon. The Potawatomi and Menominee tribes lived here before French fur traders set up posts on the Milwaukee River.

River Hills
River Hills offers residents a rural feel with a lot of different restaurants, coffee shops, and parks.

River West
This diverse, offbeat neighborhood has a DIY sensibility that runs deep. You’ll find a little bit of everything here, from funky music venues to intimate restaurants, brewpubs to tiki bars.

This urban village is walkable, bike-friendly, and architecturally diverse. When you live here, you’re close to everything — the lake, the city of Milwaukee, a major university, a school district known and recognized for excellence, the businesses that have what you need, bike trails, and parks.

Thiensville, an attractive, self-governed village just one square mile in size, is located in the heart of the city of Mequon. Although the Village was officially incorporated in 1910, its settlement began in the 1840s and has developed into a picturesque community adjacent to the Milwaukee River.

Whitefish Bay
Whitefish Bay residents have expressed the sense of community, high quality public and private schools, and much more being the reasons for their preference to live in Whitefish Bay


Just south of the city on the coast of Lake Michigan, Bay View is a hip and eclectic neighborhood popular with families and young professionals alike.

The Village of Caledonia, WI is located along Lake Michigan in the northeast corner of Racine County. The community is known for its rural character, horse farms, and park system.

Cudahy is a quaint community, where clean neighborhoods mingle with acres of parkland, major transportation access, and big-city attractions within an arm’s reach, all with a small-town feel and friends waiting to roll out the welcome wagon.

The City of Franklin’s vision is to enhance the quality of life for present and future generations by providing economic growth through the highest quality of residential, recreational, and business development in Southeastern Wisconsin.

Oak Creek
Enjoy the suburban and rural atmosphere while, at the same time, taking advantage of the urban services provided by the City, as well as the professional sports and cultural activities provided within the metropolitan area.

A city in and the county seat of Racine County, Wisconsin, United States. It is located on the shore of Lake Michigan at the mouth of the Root River. Racine is situated 22 miles south of Milwaukee and approximately 70 miles north of Chicago.

St. Francis
A sense of community led to incorporation for St. Francis in 1951. On July 24th, 1951 a total of 1,069 people voted to incorporate.


Brady Street
Brady Street, is an ethnically diverse community near downtown Milwaukee and within easy walking distance to the shore of Lake Michigan.

East Side
This trendy neighborhood is a melting pot of UW-Milwaukee students, young professionals, and longtime residents.

Beaches, boat launches, and bluffs provide access to Lake Michigan for boating, fishing, or sailing. Veterans Park is the hub for summer activities in downtown Milwaukee.

Lower East Side
Lower East Side offers residents a dense urban feel with a lot of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks.


Discover a variety of hotels with a wide array of amenities, and some of the best shopping, dining, and entertainment Wisconsin has to offer. Visit site

Historic sites, specialty shopping, award-winning restaurants, lodging, and a variety of recreational activities year-round. Visit site

Elm Grove
Elm Grove, once part of the 36-square-mile Town of Brookfield, has retained not only its footprint since its incorporation in 1955 but much of its small-town charm as well.

Menomonee Falls
As of 2016, the Village had an estimated 36,907 residents and had become an important economic hub of the Greater Milwaukee area. Visit site

If Oconomowoc area residents aren’t hard at work, chances are they’re out enjoying the area’s myriad cultural and recreational activities and events. Oconomowoc’s many lakes and rolling woodlands are the settings for four seasons of outdoor recreation.

The City of Pewaukee is a premier city in what is considered the “Lake Country” area. Although a “city”, it has always maintained a country feel.

Waukesha is located near the center of Waukesha County in southeastern Wisconsin, 18 miles west of Milwaukee. Waukesha is also located 59 miles east of Madison.

Wauwatosa has an unparalleled location – four miles west of downtown Milwaukee with proximity to everything the region has to offer.