Wisconsin Housing Market Vitality

Market Rank


Wisconsin metro area house prices are forecasted to outperform the national market over the next twelve months. Currently, the market is underperforming the overall U.S. market. Compared to 12-months ago, Wisconsin’s housing market has weakened. Current local economic conditions support an estimated 10% increase in house prices over the next twelve months. Based on the housing market vitality of the fifteen metro housing markets which comprise it, Wisconsin’s housing market ranks thirty-first amongst all states and D.C. The three-month outlook is negative.

Housing Market Vitality

Housing Market Vitality summarizes the impact of economic conditions on house prices. A value of 100 corresponds to conditions supporting current price appreciation; values less than 100 correspond to a dampening effect and values greater than 100 indicate a positive impact on house prices. A housing market vitality value can be interpreted as a growth rate. Hence, a reading of 105.8 can be interpreted as a 5.8% annualized increase in house prices.

Wisconsin Metro Housing Markets

Wisconsin is comprised of fifteen metro housing markets that account for nearly 74% of the state’s population. The Badger State metro housing markets are unique in their demographics and local economies and exhibit trends that are distinct from the national and state narrative. Each metro market presents its own unique opportunity.

Appleton, WI Underperforming Positive204
Duluth, MN-WI Underperforming Positive232
Eau Claire, WI Underperforming Positive223
Fond du Lac, WI Underperforming Positive191
Green Bay, WI Underperforming Positive237
Janesville-Beloit, WI Underperforming Positive158
La Crosse-Onalaska, WI-MN Underperforming Positive267
Lake County-Kenosha County, IL-WI Underperforming Neutral319
Madison, WI Underperforming Negative324
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI Underperforming Positive271
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI Underperforming Negative351
Oshkosh-Neenah, WI Underperforming Positive236
Racine, WI Underperforming Positive222
Sheboygan, WI Underperforming Positive244
Wausau, WI Underperforming Positive219

Industry Specialization

Wisconsin’s state economy is specialized in Manufacturing and Edu Health svcs. Mining, Construction, and Information industry sectors are less important to the state economy compared to the national economy.

Industry specialization helps explain the differing impact of industry trends on local economies in contrast to industry composition which describes the structure of the economy. A Specialization Index value greater than 100 corresponds to the sector having a greater share of the state economy than it does of the national economy. Sectors with a Specialization Index greater than 120 characterize the local economy.


Compared to the U.S., there is a lower incidence of poverty amongst Wisconsin residents and they have greater purchasing power. There are more high school graduates and a larger proportion of the population is college educated. Wisconsin’s population is comparatively less diverse than the overall U.S. population.

A Demographics Index value greater than 100 corresponds to the factor being more intense in the state versus the national average. Characteristics of the local population is a longer-term factor that influences the housing market.

Updated February 07, 2023 with data through February 2023