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

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$212,500
National
$178,600
Median Rent
$939
National
$928
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    52%
  • Own
    48%

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    217
    273
  • Murder
    3
    6
  • Rape
    49
    41
  • Robbery
    89
    133
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    481
    525
  • Theft
    2,195
    2,081
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    100
    263

Residents

Diversity
A-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$54,896
National
$53,889
Children
15%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    24%
    11%
  • Bachelor's degree
    31%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    25%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    15%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    5%
    13%
  • Public Schools
  • Private Schools
  • Colleges

Madison Reviews

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Madison is a comfortable bubble for open-minded, creative individuals and families. Artists, intellectuals, weirdos, and politicians rule this city! There is a park for every neighborhood and a restaurant to represent every type of cuisine. In many ways, it is a sublime combination of city and small-town living, nestled between two sparkling lakes and crowned with the sleek capitol building. However, there are issues with racism and homelessness and the mayor is a bitter, cold, mustachioed Grinch, both of which detract from Madison's overall awesomeness.
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I love this city. It has the small community feel, safety, and simplicity of a smaller city but the conveniences of a true city. Madisonians are proud! Proud to be local, to shop local, to eat local - with tons of farm fresh food, an incredible outdoor farmer's market around the capital square, and an impressive number of tasty restaurants. Madison fosters entrepreneurship, arts, and ideas so while new restaurants are popping up all the top, the local business are also rich and ever-growing and you'll be busy with our local art museums, film festival, comedy, and music events. Don't leave your bike at home, Madison will show you new ways to enjoy it, with great trails, a happening bicycle community, and so much lakefront biking around our isthmus.
I was born and raised in Madison, WI and have gone to two colleges here in town, UW-Madison and Herzing University. I love it here! There are all the advantages of a big city but you can get anywhere in town within 30 minutes driving. The UW Campus is huge, and is always developing new student attractions. Union South has study lounges of every flavor, and the Union Terrace is a great lakeside spot for studying or hanging out with friends. The North and East Sides are full of successful small businesses and comfortable suburban and urban living. Downtown is beautiful, with the famous State Street Mall, and the Capitol Building. More restaurants per capita than any city in the world, you can find anything you could ever dream of eating, and it's a safe place to live!