A combination of above average salaries, short commutes, low cost of living and consistently low crime rates make Wisconsin a desirable place to live. The state hosts major league sports teams, cultural and recreational opportunities, international corporate headquarters, and innovative start-up companies, all contributing to an excellent quality of life and fulfilling law practice.
Quality of Life. Recent national surveys show that while our standard of living is high, the cost of living is relatively low. It costs considerably more, for example, to buy an average home in the Chicago area, and two and one-half times more in New York and Los Angeles. Wisconsin is also a great place to raise a family. Many of our schools, from grade school through graduate level, have been nationally recognized for their quality programs. Use the following cost of living calculators and quality of life comparisons to find out more about the cities Godfrey & Kahn calls home.
Sports, arts, festivals & fun. The state showcases spectator sports year-round, including the Milwaukee Brewers, Milwaukee Bucks, Wisconsin Badgers and, of course, the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. On the shore of Lake Michigan, the Milwaukee Art Museum stands tall having been recently remodeled by world-renowned architect Santiago Calatrava. And with numerous lakes scattered throughout the state, boating, fishing, water-skiing, sailing and other water sports are extremely popular.
Wisconsin residents love to celebrate summer outside. Milwaukee is especially known for its ethnic festivals and outdoor music venues including the 11-day-long Summerfest, one of the largest music festivals in the world. Orchestra, opera, ballet, theatre, Broadway musicals and museums round out cultural offerings available year-round. According to Cindy Loose, Washington Post staff writer, "much [in Milwaukee] has changed, and for the better. In fact, if the old sitcom girls Laverne and Shirley returned to Milwaukee, they, like me, would barely recognize the place." Click here to view the entire Washington Post article applauding Milwaukee.
Madison has been named one of Ten More Perfect Places to Live in America for all that it has to offer. "The best of the Midwest, Madison is so many good things wrapped into one. It has great natural beauty with its twin lakes, a huge, vibrant university and first-rate public schools. Its housing prices would make you smile. Great culture and a great sense of community."