As evident from the 2016 presidential election, Wisconsin has become one of the most important member-states of the United States.
“America’s Dairyland” holds 10 precious electoral votes and is widely considered a purple state, making it highly valuable for presidential hopefuls. Wisconsin’s significance extends way beyond its political clout though. The Badger State has become a powerful economic engine and is often seen as a microcosm for the U.S. economy as a whole.
People do not call Green Bay Packer fans “cheeseheads” for nothing, as Wisconsin is amongst the nation’s leading dairy producers. Agriculture is the main economic sector for the state. As the U.S.’ leading cheese producer, Wisconsin is responsible for roughly a quarter of the country’s cheese. The Badger State trails only California when it comes to milk production, but leads the U.S. in corn, cranberry, ginseng, and snap beans production.
Manufacturing also has a part to play in America’s Dairyland. Wisconsin is home to major food processing companies like Oscar Mayer and Kraft Foods, but also houses companies like John Deere, Caterpillar, Harley-Davidson, and the Kohler Corporation.
The production of consumer goods is also a lively Wisconsin industry. Amongst the major consumer products companies located in Wisconsin include SC Johnson & Co. and GE Healthcare. Believe it or not, The Badger State is the leading U.S. producer of paper products.
Overall, there are plenty of employment opportunities and a multitude of ways to make money if you are living in Wisconsin. You can easily sign on for a steady, reliable, blue-collar manufacturing or production job, of which there are many within Wisconsin’s borders. Or, you can opt for a more corporate career and head to major metropolitan cities located around Wisconsin, such as Milwaukee, Wausau, or even Chicago.
Is the abundant access to employment in Wisconsin trickling down into the pockets and bank accounts of the common Wisconsinite? To find this out, LendEDU has licensed data that has given us the average credit score of each and every community in Wisconsin.
The average credit score of a town or city is a sound indicator of economic health. Communities with high average credit scores have likely experienced rising incomes, falling unemployment rates, and an increasing repayment rate on loans and mortgages.
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Below, you will find an interactive table and map featuring the 150 communities in Wisconsin that posted the highest average credit scores. These towns and cities have been recognized by LendEDU for their noteworthy fiscal health.
Interactive Map and Table Featuring the Highest Credit Scores in Wisconsin
All of the data that can be found in this report was licensed by LendEDU from Onboard Informatics and Experian. Onboard Informatics’ dataset was utilized to find the most recent population figures and the locations of each Wisconsin town and city. Experian’s Premier Aggregated Credit StatisticsSMdataset was put to use to find the average VantageScore 3.0®1 credit score of each Wisconsin community.
A population cutoff was established at 3,000, and any Wisconsin community with a population below 3,000 was eliminated from further analysis. Wisconsin’s largest cities, like Milwaukee, had multiple ZIPTM2 codes and thus multiple average credit scores. To ensure each city had only one ZIP CodeTMand one average credit score, ZIP codes were weighted according to their respective population and then averaged together. A ZIP Code with a greater population was given more weight during the averaging process.
After assigning each and every Wisconsin community only one ZIP Code and one average VantageScore 3.0® credit score, LendEDU ranked the towns and cities accordingly. Experian’s dataset lists the average VantageScore 3.0®credit score as a stand-alone statistic. Wisconsin communities with a higher average credit score were ranked higher and vice versa.
1. VantageScore is a registered trademark of VantageScore Solutions , LLC.
2. Experian is a nonexclusive full-service provider licensee of the United States Postal Service. The following trademarks are owned by the United States Postal Service: ZIP and ZIP Code. The price for Experian’s services is not established, controlled or approved by the United States Postal Service.