Madison

369 reviews
  1. City in Wisconsin
A+
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Public Schools
    B+
  2. Crime & Safety
    B-
  3. Real Estate
    C+
  4. Nightlife
    A+
  5. Good for Families
    B+
  6. Diversity
    A-
  7. Jobs
    B+
  8. Weather
    C+
  9. Cost of Living
    C
  10. Health & Fitness
    A+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B+
  12. Commute
    A+

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$211,600
National
$176,700
Median Rent
$922
National
$904
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    51%
  • Own
    49%

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    216
    264
  • Murder
    3
    5
  • Rape
    34
    37
  • Robbery
    92
    135
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    459
    1
  • Theft
    2,280
    2,114
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    100
    257

Residents

Diversity
A-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$53,933
National
$53,046
Children
15%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    24%
    11%
  • Bachelor's degree
    31%
    18%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    25%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    15%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    5%
    14%
  • K-8 Schools
  • High Schools
  • Colleges

Reviews

369 reviews
  • Excellent
    57
  • Very Good
    163
  • Average
    143
  • Poor
    6
  • Terrible
    0
Madison is a comfortable bubble for open-minded, creative individuals and families. Artists, intellectuals, weirdos, and politicians rule this city! There is a park for every neighborhood and a restaurant to represent every type of cuisine. In many ways, it is a sublime combination of city and small-town living, nestled between two sparkling lakes and crowned with the sleek capitol building. However, there are issues with racism and homelessness and the mayor is a bitter, cold, mustachioed Grinch, both of which detract from Madison's overall awesomeness.
  • Current Resident
  • 5 hours ago
I was born and raised in Madison, WI and have gone to two colleges here in town, UW-Madison and Herzing University. I love it here! There are all the advantages of a big city but you can get anywhere in town within 30 minutes driving. The UW Campus is huge, and is always developing new student attractions. Union South has study lounges of every flavor, and the Union Terrace is a great lakeside spot for studying or hanging out with friends. The North and East Sides are full of successful small businesses and comfortable suburban and urban living. Downtown is beautiful, with the famous State Street Mall, and the Capitol Building. More restaurants per capita than any city in the world, you can find anything you could ever dream of eating, and it's a safe place to live!
  • Current Resident
  • 2 months ago
Madison has a small town feel with a large population and a big heart. There are diverse pockets of communities, from the eclectic artist district, to the neighboring communities, and the hub of state government. You will find bikers, health enthusiasts, and artists and musicians. I even took a six-week salsa class. I like that there are bike trails go from end-to-end, It’s like there is a hidden bike highway, and you will find many commuters riding them. I like all of this about Madison, there would be very little to change other than lately, I’ve been seeing homeless people in the middle of the interstates holding signs asking for money. I would figure out a program so they would be taken care of and remove them from these locations; it is dangerous and not very appealing, it not be allowed to be on the corners because it is dangerous. Madison is the place to be to raise our next generation, the place to live to thrive, and the place to work.
  • Works Here
  • 2 months ago