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  1. Public Schools
    B-
  2. Crime & Safety
    C+
  3. Housing
    B-
  4. Nightlife
    A
  5. Good for Families
    B
  6. Diversity
    B-
  7. Jobs
    B-
  8. Weather
    B-
  9. Cost of Living
    B+
  10. Health & Fitness
    B+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B+
  12. Commute
    B
Madison County is located in Illinois with a population of 266,153. Living in Madison County offers residents a suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Madison County there are a lot of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many families and young professionals live in Madison County and residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools in Madison County are above average.
Population
266,153

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$130,200
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$796
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    29%
  • Own
    71%
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Madison County Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    214.5
    282.7
  • Murder
    2.7
    6.1
  • Rape
    49.7
    40.7
  • Robbery
    61.1
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    455.1
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,613.7
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    141.3
    284

Residents

Diversity
B-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    12%
  • 10-17 years
    10%
  • 18-24 years
    9%
  • 25-34 years
    13%
  • 35-44 years
    12%
  • 45-54 years
    14%
  • 55-64 years
    14%
  • 65+ years
    16%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    10%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    16%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    35%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    31%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    8%
    13%

Working in Madison County

Madison County Reviews

3 reviews
I have lived in Madison County for 6 years and have been employed as a deputy circuit clerk for almost 2 years now at the courthouse in Edwardsville. After graduating from SIUe in 2017 I was offered a full time job and decided to stay. These last couple of years I have been presented a handful of opportunities and enjoyed my time working for the county. While working full time I decided to go back to school and enrolled at Lewis & Clark Community College in the accelerated paralegal program where I will be graduating mid-August. Madison county has helped me build a bright promising future.
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Has a hometown feel. Everyone has a smile on their face and their hands open to help whenever possible. Great place to settle down and raise a family. Resources in rural area are wonderful to those who want a small town atmosphere.
Its a very small town but it is actually a decent place to live. I've lived here all my life so I've seen all the ups and downs of Madison IL.