The Madison skyline viewed fro ma distance across Lake Monona

Madison: A Vibrant Capital City

Madison by the Numbers


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  • 664,865: Madison metro population
  • No. 1 best place to live in America (Livability, 2021)
  • 20 minutes: average commute
  • 200+ miles of off-road paths and trails
  • 1 of 5 platinum-level bicycle cities in the nation
  • 5 lakes and 12 beaches
  • 260 parks comprising 6,000 acres
  • 15 designated dog parks
aerial view looking down west washington avenue toward the capitol at night, a lit soccer field.

Madison, WI, Rankings

#1 Cities with best work-life balance (smartasset.com, 2020)

#1 Best college football town in America (Sports Illustrated, 2019)

#1 Best places in the U.S. for Raising Children (diversitydatakids.com, 2020)

#2 Best cities for bikes (peopleforbikes.org, 2020)

#2 Happiest cities in America (menshealth.com, 2020)

#2 Best places for outdoor enthusiasts to live and work (smartasset.com, 2020)

#4 Greenest cities in the U.S. (zippia.com, 2020)