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USNews.com: Milwaukee now a top 50 place to live

Wisconsin's Afternoon News
Posted: 4:17 PM, Feb 07, 2017
Updated: 2017-02-07 23:03:22Z
USNews.com: Milwaukee now a top 50 place to live
USNews.com: Milwaukee now a top 50 place to live
USNews.com: Milwaukee now a top 50 place to live
USNews.com: Milwaukee now a top 50 place to live
USNews.com: Milwaukee now a top 50 place to live
USNews.com: Milwaukee now a top 50 place to live
USNews.com: Milwaukee now a top 50 place to live
USNews.com: Milwaukee now a top 50 place to live

The rest of the world is finding out what many Milwaukeeans have known for a long time - that our city is a great place to live.

U.S. News and World Report says that the city has risen more than 20 spots into its top 50 in its listing of 2017 Best Places to Live in the United States.

"Moving 25 places from 72 to 47 to crack the top 50 on a well-respected (list) is something we deserve an applause for," said Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce President Tim Sheehy on Wisconsin's Afternoon News Tuesday.

"Historical architecture stands as a tribute to Milwaukee's past, while the metro area vibrates from the construction of a changing skyline and with the energy of its near 600,000 residents," the article says, written by Milwaukee's own Andrea Trischler.

The article cites a lower-than-average cost of housing, and a lower rate compared to last year and before the latest recession. It also mentions "an influx of young people drawn to Milwaukee's developing arts and craft beer culture."

"What they recognized...the improvement in the quality of life," said Sheehy.
 
"The investments, housing cost, cost of living here, and how accessible Milwaukee is in terms of taking advantage of all the assets we have. Those roll up into a ranking that really vaulted us."
 
Now, Sheehy says the city's next goal is to keep more people staying, and get more people choosing to move here.
 
"For all Milwaukee's strengths, one of the things we need to improve on is net migration," said Sheehy.
 
"Rankings like this...awaken people to the possibilities of moving here, settling down, starting a career, starting a family."