Madison, WI - Niche

Overall
Niche Grade
Details
  • Setting
    Midsize City
  • Population
    239,848
  • Population Density
    2,528 people/sq.mi.
  • Size
    94 sq.mi.
  • Reviews
    345 3.7
Madison is a midsize city in Wisconsin with 239,848 residents. It has average home values, average rent costs, and low unemployment levels. Its citizens generally have high education levels and average income levels.

Ratings and Reviews
3.7 from 345 reviews
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    • 3
    Crime & Safety at Madison: I like to think that where I live there isn't much crime but I don't really know.
    • 4
    Overall Experience at Madison: I like Madison a lot. I am sad to be going to college in a different city but I think that I will be back.
    • 4
    Crime & Safety at Madison: Most parts of the city are amazing and in great condition, but there are a few parts of the city that are very sketchy and should be avoided after dark, but in most of the city I always feel safe no matter what time it is. I feel like the police are very unprejudiced and reliable. Very good city to live in if you're not prejudice.
    • 4
    Overall Experience at Madison: Great city to live in. Strong clash between East and West side cultures. A very enjoyable downtown with amazing unique restaurants. Strangely liberal, you'll need to keep an open mind to understand some of the strange people here. The alcohol consumption is disgustingly high on all age levels
    • 3
    Crime & Safety at Madison: Certain areas are where crime happens. Just stay out of those areas.

Nearby Towns

Niche Grade Name Population
4.00 Maple Bluff 1,445
4.00 Monona 7,711
4.00 Shorewood Hills 1,783
4.33 Fitchburg 26,050
4.00 Westport Town 4,061
4.00 Blooming Grove Town 1,823
3.66 McFarland 8,009
3.33 Burke Town 3,310
4.33 Middleton 18,185
Middleton Town 6,041
Verona Town 1,780
4.00 Verona 11,353
4.00 Sun Prairie 30,601
Cottage Grove Town 3,846
Sun Prairie Town 2,662

ZIP Codes

Niche Grade Name Population
4.00 53704 44,208
4.33 53711 45,589
4.33 53719 29,865
4.00 53703 28,255
4.33 53705 23,661
4.00 53562 24,595
3.66 53713 24,095
4.00 53593 20,995
3.66 53716 18,333
3.33 53714 16,266
3.66 53715 13,754
4.00 53718 12,342
4.33 53717 11,997
3.33 53558 11,037
2.66 53706 6,168
3.33 53726 6,090

Top School Districts

Niche Grade Name Total Schools
4.00 Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District 12
3.66 Sun Prairie Area School District 13
3.66 Verona Area School District 13
3.33 McFarland School District 9
3.33 Madison Metropolitan School District 54
2.66 DeForest Area School District 6

Top Public Schools

Niche Grade Name Type Grades Grade Level
Diploma Completion High School Public, Alternative 11-12 High
3.66 West Middleton Elementary School Public PK, K-5 Pre-K, Elementary
3.33 Glacier Creek Middle School Public 6-8 Middle
3.33 Sunset Ridge Elementary School Public PK, K-5 Pre-K, Elementary
4.00 Memorial High School Public 9-12 High
4.00 West High School Public 9-12 High
3.33 Savanna Oaks Middle School Public 6-8 Middle
3.00 Cardinal Heights Upper Middle School Public 8-9 Middle
3.00 Prairie View Middle School Public 6-7 Middle
4.00 Middleton High School Public 9-12 High
2.66 Indian Mound Middle School Public 6-8 Middle
3.00 Waubesa Intermediate School Public 3-5 Elementary
3.33 Hamilton Middle School Public 6-8 Middle
3.33 Van Hise Elementary School Public PK, K-5 Pre-K, Elementary
3.66 Sun Prairie High School Public 10-12 High
3.00 Patrick Marsh Middle School Public 6-7 Middle
3.66 Verona Area High School Public 9-12 High
3.00 Spring Harbor Middle School Public, Magnet 6-8 Middle
3.33 Midvale Elementary School Public PK, K-2 Pre-K, Elementary
3.00 Randall Elementary School Public 3-5 Elementary
3.00 Stephens Elementary School Public PK, K-5 Pre-K, Elementary
3.00 Creekside Elementary School Public PK, K-5 Pre-K, Elementary
3.33 Core Knowledge Charter School Public, Charter K-8 Elementary, Middle
3.00 Muir Elementary School Public PK, K-5 Pre-K, Elementary
2.66 DeForest Middle School Public 5-8 Middle

Top Private Schools

Niche Grade Name Type Grades Grade Level
4.00 Edgewood High School of the Scared Heart Private, Religious 9-12 High
4.33 Madison Country Day School Private PK, K-12 Pre-K, Elementary, Middle, High
3.00 St. Ambrose Academy Private, Religious 6-12 Middle, High
3.33 Abundant Life Christian School Private, Religious PK, K-12 Pre-K, Elementary, Middle, High
St. Maria Goretti Elementary School Private, Religious PK, K-8 Pre-K, Elementary, Middle
Our Lady Queen of Peace School Private, Religious PK, K-8 Pre-K, Elementary, Middle
Sacred Hearts School Private, Religious PK, K-8 Pre-K, Elementary, Middle
Edgewood Campus School Private, Religious PK, K-8 Pre-K, Elementary, Middle
High Point Christian School Private, Religious PK, K-8 Pre-K, Elementary, Middle
St. John the Baptist Catholic School Private, Religious PK, K-6 Pre-K, Elementary
St. Francis Xavier School Private, Religious PK, K-8 Pre-K, Elementary, Middle
St. James Catholic School Private, Religious PK, K-8 Pre-K, Elementary, Middle
Eagle School Private K-8 Elementary, Middle
Martin Luther Christian School Private, Religious PK, K-5 Pre-K, Elementary
St. Ann School Private, Religious PK, K-8 Pre-K, Elementary, Middle
Immaculate Heart of Mary School Private, Religious PK, K-8 Pre-K, Elementary, Middle
Wingra School Private, Alternative K-8 Elementary, Middle
Westside Christian School Private, Religious PK, K-8 Pre-K, Elementary, Middle
Peace Lutheran School & Prekindergarten Private, Religious PK, K-8 Pre-K, Elementary, Middle
Madison Community Montessori School Private, Montessori PK, K-8 Pre-K, Elementary, Middle
Eastside Lutheran School Private, Religious PK, K-8 Pre-K, Elementary, Middle
Our Redeemer Evangelical Lutheran School Private, Religious PK, K-8 Pre-K, Elementary, Middle
Holy Cross Lutheran School Private, Religious PK, K-8 Pre-K, Elementary, Middle

Top Colleges

Niche Grade Name
University of Wisconsin
Edgewood College
Madison Area Technical College
University of Wisconsin Colleges
Herzing University - Madison
Madison Media Institute
ITT Technical Institute - Madison (WI)
Globe University - Madison East
Globe University - Madison West
VICI Aveda Institute - Madison
Empire Beauty School - Madison
Regency Beauty Institute - Madison

Around Madison

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Demographics

Racial Diversity

Madison, WI United States Wisconsin
White 74.96% 63.25% 82.69%
Asian 8.09% 4.83% 2.39%
African American 7.01% 12.23% 6.13%
Hispanic 6.62% 16.62% 6.21%
Multiracial 2.97% 2.05% 1.70%
Native American 0.25% 0.66% 0.80%
Other 0.11% 0.19% 0.06%
Pacific Islander 0% 0.16% 0.02%

Age

Madison, WI United States Wisconsin
9 years and under 11% 13% 12%
10 to 17 years 7% 11% 11%
18 to 24 years 20% 10% 10%
25 to 34 years 19% 13% 13%
35 to 44 years 12% 13% 12%
45 to 54 years 11% 14% 15%
55 to 64 years 10% 12% 13%
65 and over 10% 13% 14%

Education Levels

Madison, WI United States Wisconsin
Less than a high school diploma 5% 14% 9%
High school diploma or equivalent 15% 28% 32%
Some college or associate degree 25% 29% 31%
Bachelor's degree 31% 18% 18%
Master's degree or higher 24% 11% 9%

Gender

Madison, WI United States Wisconsin
Female 50.6% 50.8% 50.4%
Male 49.4% 49.2% 49.6%

Housing

Rent vs. Own

Madison, WI United States Wisconsin
Own 48.7% 64.9% 67.7%
Rent 51.3% 35.1% 32.3%

Crime Rates

Annual Violent Crimes (per 100,000)

Madison, WI United States Wisconsin
Assault 215.6 264.1 234.6
Murder 2.8 5.2 3.9
Rape 33.8 36.8 30.4
Robbery 91.9 135.0 135.2

Annual Property Crimes (per 100,000)

Madison, WI United States Wisconsin
Burglary 459.3 575.0 440.4
Larceny 2279.6 2114.0 2000.7
Motor vehicle theft 100.1 257.3 247.0

Income

Weather

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Avg. High Avg. Low
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25°
57°
36°
68°
46°
78°
56°
82°
61°
79°
59°
72°
50°
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39°
44°
28°
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16°
Precipitation
1.2"
1.4"
2.2"
3.4"
3.6"
4.5"
4.2"
4.3"
3.1"
2.4"
2.4"
1.7"
Snowfall
12.9"
10.6"
7"
2.6"
0.2"
0"
0"
0"
0"
0.5"
3.6"
13.5"

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    Avg. High Avg. Low

  • 26°
    11°
  • 31°
    15°
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    25°
  • 57°
    36°
  • 68°
    46°
  • 78°
    56°
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    61°
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    Precipitation

  • 1.2"
  • 1.4"
  • 2.2"
  • 3.4"
  • 3.6"
  • 4.5"
  • 4.2"
  • 4.3"
  • 3.1"
  • 2.4"
  • 2.4"
  • 1.7"

    Snowfall

  • 12.9"
  • 10.6"
  • 7"
  • 2.6"
  • 0.2"
  • 0"
  • 0"
  • 0"
  • 0"
  • 0.5"
  • 3.6"
  • 13.5"

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    Avg. Temps

  • 26°
    11°
  • 31°
    15°
  • 43°
    25°
  • 57°
    36°
  • 68°
    46°
  • 78°
    56°
  • 82°
    61°
  • 79°
    59°
  • 72°
    50°
  • 59°
    39°
  • 44°
    28°
  • 30°
    16°

    Precipitation

  • 1.2"
  • 1.4"
  • 2.2"
  • 3.4"
  • 3.6"
  • 4.5"
  • 4.2"
  • 4.3"
  • 3.1"
  • 2.4"
  • 2.4"
  • 1.7"

    Snowfall

  • 12.9"
  • 10.6"
  • 7"
  • 2.6"
  • 0.2"
  • 0"
  • 0"
  • 0"
  • 0"
  • 0.5"
  • 3.6"
  • 13.5"

Resident Opinions

If you could do it all over again, would you still choose to live in this area?     Based on 43 responses

  • 88% Yes
  • 7% Not sure
  • 5% No

In which direction are these things in this area generally going?     Based on 69 responses

Getting worse
Getting better
  • Schools/education
  • Crime/safety
  • Employment/jobs
  • Home values
  • Local government
  • New residents moving in
  • New businesses/restaurants opening
  • Overall quality of life

Rate the public services in this area:     Based on 68 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • Police protection
  • Fire protection
  • Emergency medical services
  • Animal control services
  • Street repair/maintenance
  • Trash/recycling collection
  • Snow removal
  • Public transportation
  • Public recreation facilities
  • Park maintenance
  • Public libraries
  • Community education

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements about houses in this area?     Based on 58 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Most properties are well-maintained (e.g. landscaping, painting, shoveling)
  • Most properties have large lawns and/or gardens.
  • Most properties have driveways.
  • Most properties have garages.
  • Most of the houses look the same and have a similar layout.
  • Most of the houses are built close together with little space between them.

How noisy is the area where you live?     Based on 60 responses

  • 8% It is very quiet and peaceful. There aren't many cars or trains to speak of.
  • 50% It is pretty quiet. Cars pass by regularly, but it isn't disruptive.
  • 33% There are moments of loud noise. Sometimes you hear traffic or emergency vehicles, but it is bearable.
  • 8% Loud noises are very common. Traffic, trains, pedestrians, and emergency vehicles are everywhere.

How accepting are others who live in this area toward minorities (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?     Based on 38 responses

  • 47% Very accepting.
  • 53% Most people are accepting, except for a few cases of intolerance.
  • 0% The area is split on its acceptance, quite a few minority groups are not well accepted.
  • 0% Not accepting. It's hard to be a minority in this area.

How safe do you feel in this area?     Based on 76 responses

  • 13% Very safe. There is really no crime to speak of.
  • 72% Pretty safe. There is some crime, but it doesn't impact me much.
  • 14% Somewhat safe. There is noticeable crime, and there are times I don't feel safe.
  • 0% Not safe. There is a lot of crime, and I regularly don't feel safe.

What is your overall opinion of this area?     Based on 37 responses

  • 8% I love everything about it.
  • 86% I like mostly everything about this area, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 3% This area is okay. There are a lot of things I wish were different.
  • 3% I hate this area.

Rate the quality and ease of access to the following attractions in this area:     Based on 61 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • Museums
  • Art galleries
  • Performance venues
  • Professional sport venues
  • Movie theaters
  • Zoos
  • Amusement parks
  • Parks and natural attractions
  • Historical landmarks/monuments