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  1. Public Schools
    B
  2. Crime & Safety
    B+
  3. Housing
    A-
  4. Nightlife
    A-
  5. Good for Families
    A
  6. Diversity
    B
  7. Jobs
    A
  8. Weather
    B-
  9. Cost of Living
    A
  10. Health & Fitness
    B
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B+
  12. Commute
    A-
Madison is a town in South Dakota with a population of 7,101. Madison is in Lake County and is one of the best places to live in South Dakota. Living in Madison offers residents a 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
$110,100
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$505
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    34%
  • Own
    66%
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Madison Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    54
    283
  • Murder
    0
    6
  • Rape
    55
    41
  • Robbery
    0
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    202
    500
  • Theft
    769
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    54
    284
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Residents

Diversity
B
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$47,579
National
$55,322
Children
19%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    9%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    25%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    26%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    33%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    7%
    13%
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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.
Madison is a pleasant midwestern plains town situated east of the Missouri river and between two lakes. The town is active with events offered by local churches, Dakota State University, community service groups and local clubs. Madison is a safe and beautiful place to live and raise a family.