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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 248,856. 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
248,856

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$223,300
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,008
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban Suburban Mix
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    52%
  • Own
    48%
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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
    263.9
    282.7
  • Murder
    1.9
    6.1
  • Rape
    44.9
    40.7
  • Robbery
    92.9
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    410.5
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,984.5
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    205.8
    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
    32%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    24%
    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
$59,387
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.
The city of Madison has a lot for everyone to do, from the LGBTQ community to the outdoor sports enthusiast. It is an island of culture and experiences hidden in an otherwise no frills agricultural state. Due to this, it has relatively low crime and is safer than most places. There are regular events, such as festivals, art fairs, and indoor/outdoor music experiences. Many of these are free! It is a good city for people with active social lives, and with its parks and gorgeous libraries, it is great for introverts as well. The only downsides are chaotic driving during the winter and the cost of buying a home. Renting can be done reasonably cheap, however.