When you think of Madison, Wisconsin, you may think of cheese, beer, college football, lakes, bike trails and cold winters. The city is known as The City of Four Lakes, with waterways in and around Madison that offer limitless outdoor activities.
Madison, the capital city of Wisconsin, has a population of 252,551 and is the second largest city in the state, after Milwaukee.
Madison is home to the University of Wisconsin, which was recently ranked the 10th best public college by U.S. News and World Report. People really like living in Madison. In fact, Madison has made it to numerous top lists of places to live and retire.
The top employers in Madison are the Wisconsin state government and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, however the economy is expanding to include consumer services, health and biotech sectors. With a highly educated and skilled workforce, businesses are eyeing Madison as a great place to establish their operations.
Besides the lakes and over 200 miles of bike trails, there are many things to see and do in Madison. Nature lovers enjoy the Olbrich Botanical Garden, and there are several state buildings and museums in Madison to explore. Madison’s restaurant scene is vibrant, with many options from which to choose, and the Dane County Farmers Market is reported to be the largest producer-only farmer's market in the U.S. At the Overture Center for the Arts, residents can enjoy a variety of performances held throughout the year. For retail therapy, Madison has two medium-sized malls and many smaller, eclectic shops on State Street. During the fall, join in on the excitement of football season, as the whole city cheers on the beloved Badgers. When old man winter comes around, grab a warm coat and make your way to skating, skiing and sledding nearby.
The median home value in Madison is $249,685, with a variety of neighborhoods from which to choose. Wil-mar is a mixed-age community with shops, cafes and parks all within walking distance. The Vilas neighborhood is located near the University, and is a great option for young professionals, with nearby shopping and bike trails. The Waunona neighborhood has a more suburban feel, with wooded lots and lake views, but is also close to the freeway for convenient commuting.
Madison certainly has lots to offer and this friendly Midwest city would welcome you with open arms!