Brian Carberry
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Milwaukee, WI, sits upon the coast of Lake Michigan and provides access to many breweries and a vibrant and trendy restaurant and entertainment scene, making it attractive to locals and new residents alike.

If you're interested in calling Milwaukee home, we're here to help you find the best neighborhood for your needs.

We combed through Google data using generic keyword searches and combined those results with the most searched Milwaukee neighborhoods on to determine the five most popular Milwaukee neighborhoods with renters.

Most popular Milwaukee neighborhoods

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Here's a quick overview of each neighborhood and what you'd expect to pay for rent in each area.

1. Downtown

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Downtown Milwaukee is a vibrant urban community that attracts young professionals seeking plenty of entertainment options outside their front door. The area is situated along the Milwaukee River and Lake Michigan, providing residents with access to beaches, parks and museums, plus fine dining restaurants and shopping options.

Getting around town is easy. Residents can walk, ride the Hop streetcar or enjoy a bike ride to almost any destination in town. Apartment rental prices are slightly above the city's average. But expect to pay even higher if you're looking for a lake or river view.

Property Size Downtown Average Milwaukee Average
1 BR $1,537 $1,550
2 BR $2,701 $2,568

2. Lower East Side

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Lower East Side draws a younger crowd of professionals likely due to its affordable housing and vibrant, bustling nightlife. Here, you'll find a vintage movie theater, a couple of small entertainment complexes and plenty of shopping and ethnic dining options.

The neighborhood borders the Milwaukee River, providing residents with stunning water views. The area also boasts a variety of housing options, including condos and apartments. Its lower-than-city average rental prices have also made this neighborhood in demand for renters.

Property Size Lower East Side Average Milwaukee Average
1 BR $1,472 $1,550
2 BR $2,268 $2,568

3. Walker's Point


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Walker's Point is one of the most diverse districts in Milwaukee. It's known for its LGBT-friendly nightspots and its wide variety of Latin restaurants and clubs. New restaurants and craft breweries are always popping up in the area.

Stylish loft apartments are also becoming the norm among residences, making this up-and-coming neighborhood attractive to young professional renters.

Property Size Walker's Point Average Milwaukee Average
1 BR $1,764 $1,550
2 BR $1,991 $2,568

4. Historic Third Ward

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The Historic Third Ward draws young professionals, couples and even families looking for urban city living with amenities at their fingertips. Part of Downtown Milwaukee, this district is highly walkable and features access to just about anything via bike and the Hop streetcar.

Its former warehouses and industrial spaces are now home to galleries, boutique shops, trendy restaurants and big-box retailers. The area also features the famed Milwaukee Public Market and plenty of outdoor recreation and activities at The Henry W. Maier Festival Park.

Loft apartments with stunning city, river and lake views are popular residences but cost well above the city's average rental prices.

Property Size Historic Third Ward Average Milwaukee Average
1 BR $1,884 $1,550
2 BR $3,310 $2,568

5. Yankee Hill

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Yankee Hill is a popular neighborhood for those who want to be close enough to Downtown for work and entertainment but far enough from the hustle and bustle. The area includes a wide variety of affordable apartments, with many featuring lake and city views.

Yankee Hill is also home to plenty of dining and shopping options, mostly within walking distance to its residential areas. The Oak Leaf Trail runs through the district's eastern border, making it easy for bicyclists to access other areas of the city.

Property Size Yankee Hill Average Milwaukee Average
1 BR $938 $1,550
2 BR $1,625 $2,568

The rent information included in this article is based on current rental property inventory on and is used for illustrative purposes only. The data contained herein do not constitute financial advice or a pricing guarantee for any apartment.

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About The Author

The managing editor of Apartment Guide and, Brian Carberry has more than 10 years' experience as a content creator and award-winning journalist. Brian's work has been featured on CNN, Search Engine Land, Randstad and a number of other organizations around the world. In his free time, Brian enjoys sports, cooking and debating the correct pronunciation of "gif."