Best Place to Raise Kids in Wisconsin: Sussex

Nearby city: Milwaukee
Population: 9,004
Median family income: $77,114
Avg. school math score: 95.33 (State avg.: 81.81)
Avg. school reading score: 94.19 (State avg.: 83.5)

A rural suburb of Milwaukee, the Village of Sussex benefits from proximity to the larger city without losing its close sense of community. The town supports events that are fun for kids, such as Christmas tree lighting, Christmas caroling, and a hunt for a laminated picture of a turkey (the winner gets a gift basket).

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