Waukesha Makes CNNMoney.com’s Top 100 Places to Live in the U.S.

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Waukesha, Wisconsin ranks 50 on CNNMoney.com’s 2010 list of “Best Place to Live.” More than 68,000 people call Waukesha their home, making it the fifth largest city in southeastern Wisconsin. The city is located 18 miles west of Milwaukee and 59 miles east of Madison.

Waukesha is the county seat of Waukesha County and the largest community in the county, covering more than 27 square miles. It is located on both sides of the Fox River and borders: City of Brookfield, Town of Brookfield, Genesee, New Berlin, City of Pewaukee, Village of Pewaukee, Town of Delafield and Town of Waukesha.

Waukesha offers many housing options, ranging from new-construction to older, historic homes. Single-family homes are most common, though condominiums and apartment complexes are sprinkled throughout the area. Newer subdivisions have sprung up in a variety of price points on the city’s outskirts.

Just a half-hour drive from downtown Milwaukee, Waukesha often seems like it’s a world away with life slightly slower than it is in downtown Milwaukee. Waukesha offers big-city amenities, including the Civic Center, Waukesha County Airport (Crites Field), Carroll University and Waukesha Memorial Hospital.

The city is home of guitar inventor Les Paul, comedian Frank Caliendo and US Olympic Gymnasts Paul and Morgan Hamm.

Incorporated in 1846, Waukesha is one of the older cities in southeastern Wisconsin.

Eau Claire (68), Madison (95) and Appleton (96) also were Wisconsin cities that made the Top 100 list.

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