About Madison, Wisconsin

Beautiful, Safe, Friendly, Progressive, and Fun

Madison, population 220,000, is large enough to offer the cultural advantages of a big city. At the same time, it is small enough to be safe, friendly, and comfortable. Madison also has a reputation for being very open-minded. Nearly 60% of the residents have a university degree. In fact, students and university faculty make up over 30% of Madison’s population. The UW, with over 40,000 students, is a member of the Big Ten, and one of the most respected universities in the country. Because of this, Madison is one of the most progressive cities in the U.S., attracting new talent and ideas from the rest of the nation and the world.

Madison consistently ranks as a top U.S. community in which to live, work, study, and play, because of its healthy economy, safety, picturesque scenery, and stimulating cultural offerings. 

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Madison Ranked #1 “Best City for Young Adults”
 Kiplinger, July 2012

Madison Ranked #8 in “Happiest, Healthiest Cities in America”
 Prevention.com, September 2013

Madison Ranked “Most Educated City in America”
 Men’s Health Magazine, September 2011

Madison Ranked “Most Secure Place to Live in America”
 Farmers Insurance Group of Companies, December 2010

Madison #7 Among “Innovative Cities” Nationwide
 Forbes.com, June 2010

Madison 8th “Healthiest Place for Women” Self Magazine, October 2009

Madison #7 “Best City to Live and Work” Kiplinger, May 27, 2009


The state of Wisconsin, bordered by two of the Great Lakes, is located in the Midwest. Wisconsin supplies the nation with dairy products, beer, meat, motor vehicles, and paper products. Wisconsin offers tourists 16,000 lakes, the second longest Great Lakes shoreline, some of the Midwest’s best waterfalls, scenic river-ways, breathtaking national forests, and endless outdoor recreational activities.

Madison, located in the southern part of Wisconsin, is approximately:

  • 123 km, 1 hour by car from Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
  • 228 km, 2.5 hours by car from Chicago, Illinois.
  • 411 km, 4 hours by car from Minneapolis, Minnesota.