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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
    B+
  8. Weather
    C
  9. Cost of Living
    B-
  10. Health & Fitness
    B+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    A+
Madison is a city in Wisconsin with a population of 246,034. Madison is in Dane County and is one of the best places to live in Wisconsin. Living in Madison offers residents a suburban feel and most residents rent their homes. In Madison there are a lot of bars, restaurants, 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
246,034

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%
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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
    250
    283
  • Murder
    4
    6
  • Rape
    37
    41
  • Robbery
    83
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    362
    500
  • Theft
    2,131
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    169
    284
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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 love Madison! I was born and raised here and am going to Edgewood College. The things that I love most about Madison is the community. Everywhere you go you know someone or your meeting someone new. There is often children and family events to goto that are free, and in the summer there are many concerts and events to enjoy your summer. You also can enjoy yourself seeing the capital and going on state-street to enjoy local foods, and great businesses for people that look to support locals.
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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.
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.