Overall Niche Grade
- Public SchoolsA
- Crime & SafetyC
- Good for FamiliesA+
- Cost of LivingB-
- Health & FitnessA-
- Outdoor ActivitiesA
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.
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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!
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!