As the 2nd largest city in Wisconsin, Madison is home to more than 243,000 people. This state capital is known for its outstanding recreation, excellent restaurants, and the University of Wisconsin, a world-class research university and big-ten school that was ranked 13th best college in the nation for 2014 by U.S. News & World Report.
Madison received first-place billing among the “Top 100 Best Places to Live” for 2015 by Livability. The city boasts a vibrant and progressive economy bolstered by a strong and diversified business base, low unemployment, and short commute times. Madison is home to more than 18,000 businesses based primarily in government, education, and healthcare and powered by an educated and skilled work force comprised of approximately 73% of the city’s adult population, of which more than 53% hold a bachelors’ degree or higher.
Surrounded by lakes, trails, and green space, Madison is a haven for outdoor sports and recreation. Situated between Lake Mendota and Lake Monona, the city boasts 260 parks, 13 beaches, numerous golf courses, and over 200 miles of trails used for hiking and biking. Popular recreational pursuits include swimming, boating, fishing, sailing, canoeing, and whitewater rafting in summer, and ice skating, ice fishing, ice hockey, and cross-country skiing in winter.
Downtown Madison’s State Street Mall is the city’s premier destination for food, fun, and finery. Stretching for more than 700 blocks between Capitol Square and the University of Wisconsin, the district features more than 350 retail shops, restaurants, bars, and clubs, as well as a number of outstanding cultural attractions that include the Wisconsin Historical Museum, Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, and Overture Center for the Arts. Downtown Madison is also home to the historic Majestic Theatre, a circa-1906 performing arts theater featuring live music, theater, and stand-up comedy, and the Dane County Farmers’ Market, the largest of its kind in the nation.
Continually ranked among the top U.S. cities, Madison is a great place to live, work, and raise a family!