Madison

383 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
    575
  • 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%
  • Public Schools
  • Private Schools
  • Colleges

Reviews

383 reviews
  • Excellent
    60
  • Very Good
    171
  • Average
    146
  • 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
  • 2 months ago
I love this city. It has the small community feel, safety, and simplicity of a smaller city but the conveniences of a true city. Madisonians are proud! Proud to be local, to shop local, to eat local - with tons of farm fresh food, an incredible outdoor farmer's market around the capital square, and an impressive number of tasty restaurants. Madison fosters entrepreneurship, arts, and ideas so while new restaurants are popping up all the top, the local business are also rich and ever-growing and you'll be busy with our local art museums, film festival, comedy, and music events. Don't leave your bike at home, Madison will show you new ways to enjoy it, with great trails, a happening bicycle community, and so much lakefront biking around our isthmus.
  • Current Resident
  • 1 month 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
  • 4 months ago