Wisconsin just seems incredibly average to me. it doesn't have the "it" factor like, Texas, New York, Florida, California, etc.
I'll give you those states (although there is sure as hell nowhere in Florida I'd rather live) and a handful of others for an indescribable "it" factor, whatever that means. But Wisconsin is most assuredly not average. They are unmatched in cheese and beer production and consumption. This alone is enough to place Wisconsin in a class of its own.
The sports scene is top-notch. Yeah, they love them some Packers, but few schools have the all-around competitiveness of UW. Basketball. Hockey. Football. Volleyball. Cross-country. Soccer. They've got it all. The Brewers may suck, but they have a sweet ballpark and a lot of fan support. And who doesn't want to watch a 7 foot Chinese dude try to be a pro basketball player in Milwaukee?
Speaking of Milwaukee, it's not the greatest city in the world, but it could be worse. It could be Indianapolis, Pittsburgh, or Cleveland. Or, God forbid, Detroit. And Madison is only the most rocking 200,000 person city of all time.
And finally, if you didn't grow up in lake country, you'll probably never understand. But Wisconsin is surpassed only by Minnesota in number and quality of these serene wonders of nature. Can't beat that.
I will probably be leaving Wisconsin at the end of this year, probably for a place with more "it". But I'll miss it, and I could see myself back here eventually.
hey, i'm with you. i love wisconsin. my family has a cabin up near hayward that we visit almost every year. it's beautiful up there, and is the best place to just relax and get away from everything that may be bothering you. i'm also a big fan of milwaukee. i'm not really sure why..i just like it there. that said, while you're looking to move FROM wisconsin, i'm looking to move TO wisconsin. i love the state, and anyone who has never been there, won't get it.
the biggest thing i have against WI is the packers.
also, florida does not have that "it." neither does texas. if you've been to texas (and don't live there), texas is an awful state with little to offer. just because a state has warm weather doesn't make that state special.