Madison, SD
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Madison is a somewhat small city located in the state of South Dakota. With a population of 7,258 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Madison is the 15th largest community in South Dakota.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Madison is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Madison is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and production and manufacturing workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Madison who work in office and administrative support (14.64%), food service (11.31%), and sales jobs (9.78%).

Because there are quite a few people attending college in Madison, it is thought of as a college town. To the benefit of the many students in the area, Madison provides a number of services, amenities and opportunities geared towards their needs and activities.

Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Madison spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 14.39 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.

As is often the case in a small city, Madison doesn't have a public transportation system that people use for their commute.

In terms of college education, Madison is somewhat better educated than the 21.84% who have a 4-year degree or higher in the typical US community: 27.07% of adults 25 and older in the city have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Madison in 2010 was $21,272, which is lower middle income relative to South Dakota and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $85,088 for a family of four. However, Madison contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

The people who call Madison home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Madison residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Madison include Norwegian, Irish, Dutch, and English.

The most common language spoken in Madison is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.

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