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A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    A
  2. Crime & Safety
    C+
  3. Housing
    B
  4. Nightlife
    A
  5. Good for Families
    A+
  6. Diversity
    A-
  7. Jobs
    B+
  8. Weather
    C
  9. Cost of Living
    B-
  10. Health & Fitness
    B+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    A+

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$217,000
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$959
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    52%
  • Own
    48%

Madison Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    184
    283
  • Murder
    3
    6
  • Rape
    49
    41
  • Robbery
    93
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    402
    500
  • Theft
    2,199
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    148
    284

Residents

Diversity
A-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$56,464
National
$55,322
Children
15%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    25%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    32%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    24%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    15%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    5%
    13%

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I just moved to Madison about 9 months ago from Chicago, IL. In comparison to Chicago, Madison is a smaller, more diverse and open city. I say that it is open because people here are so open-minded to life and art. I love the scenery downtown. There is always something to do and as a broke college student, I appreciate the fact that usually those activities are pretty cheap. Each week you will find something to do, that is, at least in the summer time. In the winter, you will learn to hibernate. The winters are ridiculous and the only time you want to go outside is if you absolutely have to! There are plenty of job opportunities for sure though because when I first came up here, there was a "Now Hiring" on every corner! I came here to gain three different jobs! Overall, I am pleased with my stay here in Madison, Wisconsin. I feel so much safer. However, I do not feel secure financially and that is the goal. To be able to sustain is my goal.
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Madison is an incredibly vibrant city full of culture! Having moved from Las Vegas, I was apprehensive about what I may find, but was pleasantly surprised and absolutely impressed. There is no shortage of music, art, food, festivals, shopping, and of course stunning lakeside views. The city is always growing and always adapting to the needs of the community. I take great pride in living in a place where such great care is taken. Madison, with its many exceptional schools, leads the nation in research and advancements in agriculture, medicine, business, and environmental health and safety. The opportunities that I have had here have allowed me to be successful and well rounded. I am happy to call Madison, Wisconsin my home.
I love the community here - everyone is VERY friendly and it's very progressive. I'm happy that I moved here. Oh, and another positive aspect of Madison: we're nice drivers, so when you need to get into a different lane on the road, someone will most likely let you! It's a town that caters to families, college students, and older folks all at the same time. It's growing a lot too with Epic and Trek Bicycles not too far out of the city.