Crunchy cities in Wisconsin
I live on the east side in Madison and it's nice n crunchy! One of my friends (who is also a doula) does placenta encapsulation (though not certified) and I know from her that it's in demand here. Madison is also a wonderful place to raise kids. There are a ton of like-minded liberal parents here. We moved here from Chicago and have found so many good souls :).
If you want to see where it's crunchy in Wisconsin, the voting map for yesterday's recall election is a pretty good indicator:
Liberal politics and crunch don't always go together, but there's definitely a strong correlation in Wisconsin.
Madison!!! Lots of vegans! I can go to any library (literally!) and talk about ECing (Elimination Communication), various cloth diapering, organic etc and everybody knows about it and knows someone who does it! Even your regular Joe and Jane here eat organic, shop at Co-ops, buy used clothing, etc. It's totally different from Milwaukee. Very green city too, tons of parks (not just small ones but acres of Forest and trails kind of parks. Before renting I would say go with a place if it has 2 bedrooms that is at least 700-900$. For 3 bedrooms in Madison it's almost all 1200$ and up. But right out the city (20-30 mins drive) you can find cheaper. South Side and some areas near Warner Park on the East Side of Mad, and near Winona Drive off the Beltline that whole area (mile around) on the West Side are considered "bad" areas by many. Mostly just poorer often Hispanic/ African American families with lots of unsupervised kids. So the boys group together (often on bikes) and "patrol" their streets which can be a bit freaky for others! Never had an issue myself though. I would suggest visiting the building you choose at night, knock on the neighbors doors and ask. You know, I mean if the neighbors are bothered by a knock do you really wanna live there :P