About Madison, Wisconsin

Beautiful, Safe, Friendly, Progressive, and Fun

Madison is a diverse city with a population of 300,000 and large enough to offer the cultural advantages of a big city. It is also small enough to be safe, friendly, and comfortable. Madison has a reputation for being very open-minded. Almost 60% of Madison residents have a university degree. In fact, students and university faculty make up over 30% of Madison’s population. The University of Wisconsin - Madison has over 40,000 students, is a member of the college athletic conference Big Ten, and is one of the Top 50 Universities in the world. Because of this, Madison is one of the most progressive cities in the US, attracting new talent and ideas from the rest of the nation and the world.

The city is consistently ranked as a top safe city, top active city, and top best opportunities city. Watch a video to see the amazing locations!

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For more Madison information visit,  http://www.visitmadison.com

Madison Ranked #1 “Best City for Young Adults”
 Kiplinger, July 2012

Madison Ranked #8 in “Happiest, Healthiest Cities in America”
 Prevention.com, September 2013

Madison Ranked “Most Educated City in America”
 Men’s Health Magazine, September 2011

Madison Ranked “Most Secure Place to Live in America”
 Farmers Insurance Group of Companies, December 2010

Madison #7 Among “Innovative Cities” Nationwide
 Forbes.com, June 2010

Madison 8th “Healthiest Place for Women” Self Magazine, October 2009

Madison #7 “Best City to Live and Work” 
Kiplinger, May 27, 2009


The state of Wisconsin is located in the midwest and is bordered by two of the Great Lakes (the largest group of freshwater lakes in the world) Wisconsin supplies the nation with dairy products, beer, meat, and paper products. Wisconsin offers tourists 16,000 lakes, the second longest Great Lakes shoreline, some of the midwest’s best waterfalls, scenic rivers, breathtaking national forests, and endless outdoor recreational activities.

Madison is located in the southern part of Wisconsin and is near other major cities:

  • 123 km, 1 hour by car from Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
  • 228 km, 2.5 hours by car from Chicago, Illinois.
  • 411 km, 4 hours by car from Minneapolis, Minnesota.
  • 2 hours by plane from New York City.