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  1. Public Schools
    B
  2. Crime & Safety
    B
  3. Housing
    A-
  4. Nightlife
    A-
  5. Good for Families
    B+
  6. Diversity
    B-
  7. Jobs
    A-
  8. Weather
    B-
  9. Cost of Living
    A
  10. Health & Fitness
    B
  11. Outdoor Activities
    C-
  12. Commute
    A-
Madison is a town in South Dakota with a population of 7,094. Madison is in Lake County and is one of the best places to live in South Dakota. Living in Madison offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents own their homes. Many young professionals live in Madison and residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools in Madison are above average.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$113,700
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$534
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    36%
  • Own
    64%
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Madison Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    80.6
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    53.8
    40.7
  • Robbery
    0
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    255.3
    500.1
  • Theft
    833.2
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    13.4
    284

Residents

Diversity
B-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    13%
  • 10-17 years
    10%
  • 18-24 years
    16%
  • 25-34 years
    12%
  • 35-44 years
    8%
  • 45-54 years
    8%
  • 55-64 years
    12%
  • 65+ years
    21%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    7%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    23%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    26%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    36%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    8%
    13%

Working in Madison

Jobs
A-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$50,439
National
$55,322
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Madison Reviews

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Madison is a small town with a close community feel. Lifestyles are low key and made up of hard working individuals who strive to make our town clean and safe. In times of need, our community pulls together to help those in need.

We have a great school system that has a lot of athletic choices to keep students active and great teachers to help expand the intellect of the youth of our community. Classroom size is smaller to help secure that one on one help with learning.

Our community is also very safe and allows for families and children to enjoy our little town on a daily basis without fears that larger cities may have.

The change we need, is more shopping opportunities and family dining. I would love to see our town grown with more things for every age to be able to do and enjoy.
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I really liked living in Madison for 19 year. I really liked the feeling of everybody knowing everybody and caring for one another. If one person was struggling with something, I know a lot would pitch in to help. Our Dairy Queen also is the leader for Miracle Treat Day every year to donate to hospitals. I feel like there could be a lot changed with stuff for the younger people to do there. There is just a movie theater that is not the best, and a bowling alley that isn't even open half the year. I feel like Madison needs more hangout spots for younger people. The downtown is not as thriving as it should be.
Nice area with beautiful neighboring lakes. Great people whom verify their stable living desires. Not a ton of opportunities to get anything you want, but able to get the necessities to live and get ahead of the median.