Living in Madison
"Best Place to Live" - Money Magazine. Madison, Wisconsin consistently ranks as one of the top places in the country to live, work, go to school, and raise a family. Wisconsin's beautiful capital city, with a vibrant population of approximately 200,000, combines small-town charm with a range of leisure and cultural opportunities usually found only in much larger communities.
#2 Best U.S. City to Raise a Family - Children's Health magazine, September 2009
Top Three Mid-sized Metro Area for Quality of Life - American City Business Journals, April 2009
#2 Best City for Employment Opportunities - Money Magazine, April 2009
Ranked #2 in Most Uniquely American Cities & Towns - Newsmax magazine, April 2009
#1 City For Job Growth in 2009 - Forbes magazine, January 2009
#4 Best City to Live During a Recession - BusinessWeek magazine, October 2008
Madison features a wide range of cultural events, peaceful parks, four lakes, exciting restaurants, and much more. Located just 80 miles west of Milwaukee and 142 miles northwest of Chicago, entertainment options are endless.
The Capitol Square and the famous pedestrian State Street offer a unique setting for business and leisure alike. During the summer months, the Capitol Square becomes alive with activities and State Street hosts many unique local restaurants and shops as well as the beautiful new Overture Center for the Arts.
Four area lakes and more than 200 parks provide loads of year-round outdoor entertainment, from hiking and biking to skiing and sailing. And as the home of the University of Wisconsin and the seat of Wisconsin's state government, Madison offers a host of opportunities to participate in educational, recreational, sports, and arts events.
Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce www.greatermadisonchamber.com, City of Madison www.ci.madison.wi.us, Greater Madison Convention and Visitor Bureau www.visitmadison.com, University of Wisconsin Madison www.wisc.edu, MAD about Madison www.ci.madison,wi.us/rectourism