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Mequon, Wisconsin

Sitting along the western shores of Lake Michigan, approximately 15 miles north of Milwaukee, the city of Mequon boasts scenic lakeshore bluffs, lush farmland, and expansive open space. It maintains its rural heritage through low-density zoning regulations; 50% of the land within the city is still undeveloped and mostly farmland. Beyond its low crime and tax rates, Mequon offers a range of diverse recreational, economic, and cultural options.

The community contains more than two dozen community parks, with hundreds of acres that are operated by the city or county. Early this year, Mequon opted to become a Bee City USA, and the city has partnered with the Mequon Nature Preserve to host events and underline the importance of bees. Mequon residents also enjoy access to five golf courses, the winding Milwaukee River, and a convenient commute to Milwaukee.

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The local school system is ranked as one of the best in Wisconsin, with ultrahigh graduation rates. Mequon is also home to a number of higher education institutes, including Concordia University Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary, and the northern campus for the Milwaukee Area Technical College.

Some of the largest employers in Mequon include Rockwell Automation, Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital, and dental benefits manager Dentaquest. —Sergei Klebnikov

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