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Life In Madison WI
For those that live here, it’s no surprise that Madison, Wisconsin has ended up on so many “Best Places to Live” lists in the last decade. This northern Midwest city has a lot more to offer than football and cheese.
Most people are aware that Madison is the state capital of Wisconsin, as well as the home of University of Wisconsin, but many Madison transplants are surprised to learn it is also a major hub for technology, manufacturing, and healthcare industries. Indeed, Madison has 11 different accredited hospitals! All of this opportunity has translated into high employment growth and a low poverty rate, as well as comparatively low crime rates.
While working in Madison is pretty great, living in Madison is even better. Madison is an incredibly beautiful place to live, for starters; it’s a clean, mid-sized city nestled between two lakes and surrounded on all sides by parks, trails, rivers, and forests. The city itself contains no shortage of impressive sights, including the State Capitol building, the 1,260-acre Arborteum, and the Olbrich Botanical Gardens. Whenever you’re in the mood for a quick getaway, Madison is in very close proximity to Milwaukee, Chicago, and the Twin Cities. While it does get cold in Madison, it’s manageable—and there’s no shortage of fun winter activities for the more adventurous.
Madison has a reputation for being a very eco-friendly city. The hiking and biking trails are expansive, with the streets currently populated by more bicycles than cars. Madison has wonderful air and water quality, as well as a “relatively high number of green jobs and many Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified buildings,” according to Business Insider.
No matter what season it is, Madison always has a host of fantastic food and entertainment to choose from. According to a 2010 report by Songkick, Madison had more concerts per capita than any other city—with the exception of Austin, Texas. There are myriad exciting restaurants, food cooperatives, microbreweries, wineries and festivals available to Madisonians year-round. Spring through Fall, Madison also boasts a charming Farmer’s Market that surrounds the State Capitol Building, offering up local produce, meats, and baked goods. In November, the market moves indoors.
Madison definitely lives up to its accolades. If you can stomach a little cold weather, you’ll see that it’s an excellent place to live, work, play, or raise a family.