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Insular. Boring. Corrupt. We moved to Madison more than five years ago and initially were taken by the uniqueness of the historical architecture that has been preserved here. It also seemed like a rare progressive bastion in the rural south. Unfortunately, the small-town southern friendly, liberal veneer of this place is just that- surface level. Step out of line, shop at the wrong business, express a political opinion not in keeping with the town families, and expect a sorority-sister like wrath. Property crime is an issue. Our insurance rates went up when we moved here. Local government is long-standing and often non-responsive to newcomers. For a semi-rural town, the noise of trucks, machinery and shotguns going off in the night is surprising. The population is about the size of a large high school and is cliquish. Expect loads of fundraising and personal business party invitations. Whatever you do, don’t google the people you meet at these parties.
I have lived here for the first 15 years of my life. Madison is full of rich history and beautiful architecture. Growing up here, I’d say that it’s a good, safe place to raise a family. I have gone to school here, and I haven’t had a problem with them. However there is not much diversity here. I’m talking about ethnicity, religion, politics. My looks and views are frowned upon by my peers. As your children grow older, this is not the best place. Take it from a teen living here now. They begin to realize that Madison doesn’t offer all the glitz and glam that the city may. There are lifeless streets at night, and there are only so many shops. So, you may want to consider Athens or Atlanta. Overall, I wouldn’t want to change where I grew up for anything. The community here is so small and close that so many of these people I would consider family.
Madison is a wonderful city. I have lived here since second grade, and I am planning to raise my children in Madison as well. My favorite part about Madison is the beautiful history it holds. The town is still so small, so because of this we have such beautiful homes and businesses. I do hope Madison continues to grow, but not lose it's heritage.