Wisconsin consistently ranks as one of the top places
in the country to live, work, go to school, play and raise a
family. Wisconsin's beautiful capital city, with a vibrant
population of approximately 200,000, offers both small town
charm and a range of leisure and cultural opportunities usually
found in only much larger communities.
Madison is known for its exceptional quality of life.
Money magazine named Madison the “Best Place To Live
in America” in 1996 and the “#1 Best Mid-Size City to Live in
the Midwest” in 1998. Over twenty-five other major national
publications, including Parenting, U.S. News & World
Report, Good Housekeeping, Redbook, Expansion Management, Bicycling,
Outside, Ladies Home Journal and Entrepreneur, have
recently honored Madison with top-tier rankings in key categories
including: “Great Places to Raise a Family;” “Best Schools in
the Nation;” “America’s Safest Cities;” “Best Cities for Working
Moms;” “America’s Best Places to Live and Work;” “Where to Retire;”
“Best Places In America to Start and Grow a Company;” “One of
America’s Seven Dream Towns;” “Best Cities For Women;” “Best
Bike Towns in the County;” and, “Most ‘Child-Friendly’ Cities.”
Excellent Public Management and
Madison, one of the few communities in the country
to have a “Triple A” bond rating, is recognized for its excellent
public management and services. The community boasts nearly
200 parks and, in partnership with Dane County, maintains one
of the only free zoos, including a children’s petting zoo, in
the nation. The nationally recognized bus system provides excellent
public access and helps many families live without the need
for multiple cars and accompanying gasoline and insurance costs.
The city is well known for its excellent health care services
with four hospitals, over 100 clinics and top-notch physicians
A Strong and Vibrant Economy
Madison has a low unemployment rate, excellent schools,
a well-prepared labor force, with a strong work ethic, an excellent
business climate and a very strong economy. Crime rates,
poverty rates and pollution rates are low. High-technology employment
is growing at a rate of 10% a year. Madison is an outstanding
location for business development and success.
Unique Natural Beauty and Recreational
The natural beauty and recreational opportunities
of Madison’s landscape are truly unique. Built on an isthmus
in the midst of four glacial lakes, Madison offers an abundance
of activities including sailing, fishing, swimming at thirteen
area beaches, boating, with eleven launch sites, tennis on dozens
of public courts, hiking, biking, ice skating, jogging on nationally-honored
trails and golfing at 4 public courses. Hunting, snowmobiling,
skiing, sledding and canoeing are also popular.
Other public facilities include the Madison Civic Center
which hosts over 50 major concerts and productions a year, the
Olbrich Botanical Gardens with 14 acres of outstanding specialty
gardens and a domed conservatory, the Dane County Exposition
Center, a major meeting and entertainment venue, and Monona
Terrace, Madison’s beautiful new Frank Lloyd Wright designed
community and convention center located downtown on the shores
of Lake Monona.
is known as a city of many special arts, ethnic and community
events including the widely-acclaimed downtown Farmers’ Market
with over 200 vendors (#1 “Star Farmers’ Markets” by Food &
Wine magazine, 1996), summer “Concerts On The Square” with the
Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, “A Taste Of Madison,” dozens of performances
by the Madison Repertory Theatre, Children’s Theatre of Madison,
the Madison Symphony Orchestra, and the Madison Opera, and, the
popular “Art Fair on the Square,” one of the top art fairs in the
country which draws about 200,000 people each summer.
Madison has a thriving downtown. The State
Street Mall is a key retail, dining, entertainment and cultural
center of the community, linking the world-acclaimed University
of Wisconsin-Madison with the bustling and beautiful Capitol
Square. Quality and unique restaurants, shops and galleries
abound and museums and historical buildings include the
Madison Art Center, the State Capitol, the Madison Children’s
Museum, the State Historical Museum and the Wisconsin Veterans
Museum. Exciting plans for a major new $100 million downtown
arts complex are also underway.
Outstanding Activities For Children
Children’s activities flourish in Madison,
from arts and crafts, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, dance, drama
and music, to sports such as little league, softball, T-ball,
basketball, bowling, gymnastics, football, golf, ice hockey,
skating, swimming, diving, tennis, track, soccer and more. After
school activities are also available at many school and neighborhood
center locations. Madison is also recognized as a leader in
quality day care, with 142 licensed day care centers
and almost 200 licensed family care providers.
The University of Wisconsin-Madison, one of the world’s
premier universities, offers Madison residents unique benefits
such as access to a beautiful, shoreline campus, a 1200 acre
Arboretum, a Geology Museum, the Elvehjem Museum of Art, the
new Kohl Center with a 460,000 square foot arena for basketball
and hockey, many other major sporting events and performances
of national and international renown at the Wisconsin Union
Innovative Programs and Services
To Assist Home Buyers
The City of Madison, recognizing the direct relationship
between a community’s number of owner occupied homes and a higher
quality of life, offers creative programs to promote home ownership.
The HOME-BUY Program is a no interest, deferred loan
program for down payment/closing cost assistance for buyers
with incomes between 50 and 80 percent of the Dane County median.
Buyers may be eligible for up to $2,500 toward purchase of a
single family home anywhere in Dane County. The loan is deferred
until the property is refinanced or sold. Call 266-4223 for
Area lending institutions can also be helpful with
additional state, federal and other down payment assistance
programs, informative seminars for home buyers and attractive
financing terms. Contact any of the Madison area’s top-quality
mortgage lending institutions for assistance.
Make Madison Your Home!
Madison is a wonderful community
with incredible resources including
outstanding schools, excellent
parent/teacher organizations, vibrant
neighborhood associations, creative
programs to facilitate home ownership
and much more.
"At Home In Madison!"
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& Visitors Bureau
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