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  1. Public Schools
    A
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    B
  4. Nightlife
    A+
  5. Good for Families
    A+
  6. Diversity
    A-
  7. Jobs
    A-
  8. Weather
    C
  9. Cost of Living
    B-
  10. Health & Fitness
    A-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    A+
Madison is a city in Wisconsin with a population of 252,086. Madison is in Dane County and is one of the best places to live in Wisconsin. Living in Madison offers residents an urban suburban mix feel and most residents rent their homes. In Madison there are a lot of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many young professionals live in Madison and residents tend to have moderate political views. The public schools in Madison are highly rated.
About Madison...
Population
252,086

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$234,100
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,068
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban Suburban Mix
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    53%
  • Own
    47%
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Madison Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    234.2
    282.7
  • Murder
    1.5
    6.1
  • Rape
    41
    40.7
  • Robbery
    83.1
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    400.4
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,865.1
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    208.6
    284

Residents

Diversity
A-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    10%
  • 10-17 years
    7%
  • 18-24 years
    21%
  • 25-34 years
    19%
  • 35-44 years
    12%
  • 45-54 years
    10%
  • 55-64 years
    10%
  • 65+ years
    11%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    25%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    33%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    23%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    14%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    5%
    13%

Working in Madison

Jobs
A-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$62,906
National
$55,322
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Madison Reviews

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It's a nice family oriented college town. If you enjoy being outdoors and wouldn't mind raising a family in frigid winters and humid summers this is the place for you. Honestly, as a person of color, there is much to be desired. Aside from infrequent jazz here and there, most live music is restricted to bluegrass, country, and rock. Which barely hits the spectrum of music. If you're a young adult looking for lively place to live, with a nice night scene, shopping, and a multitude of varied events look elsewhere. Development is focused on yuppies and college graduates brought here by start-up tech and pharmaceutical companies. This has been causing a rent increase for sure. Overall it's pretty boring and after two or so years you'll see all there is to see. But if you enjoy what's offered here then that's wonderful!
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Have lived in Madison in my twenties and now in my sixties. During that time, diversity has increased significantly. The recent transformation of Monona Dr., Monroe St., East Campus Mall, and Hilldale serve as proud displays that "We care" about our built environment. That we care about people is evident in the multitude of Social Safety Nets, thanks in part, to the well-educated MSWs who never leave! Transportation from satellite Park'n'Rides needs to be improved to lessen the traffic burden on the streets mentioned above as well as on Park and Midvale and Johnson/University.
I really enjoy living in Madison, WI. For one of the bigger cities in Wisconsin, it feels very open and comfortable. Everyone is really nice and there is so much to do! I love going to different markets, museums, and just walking through the pretty parts of the university campus. It is also in such a great position, between lake Mendota and Monona, because you can have your city life, but also your outdoors/lake life through hiking and kayaking, etc. The only difficult part about the quality of living is renting is super expensive in Madison. Also, if you are a student they almost scare you into renting as soon as possible, which is usually by October!