Madison, WI
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Madison is a relatively large city located in the state of Wisconsin. With a population of 248,951 people and 61 constituent neighborhoods, Madison is the second largest community in Wisconsin.

Madison real estate is some of the most expensive in Wisconsin, although Madison house values don't compare to the most expensive real estate in the U.S.

Madison is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 89.24% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Madison is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Madison who work in office and administrative support (12.18%), teaching (10.50%), and management occupations (10.17%).

Also of interest is that Madison has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

Combining city textures and college town sensibilities, Madison really has a nice blend of characteristics. While not a huge city, Madison is big enough to offer a healthy dose of diversion, opportunity, and amenity to its residents and to the thousands of college students who descend on it every fall. Its size and diversity makes Madison more than just a college town, but removing the students from the equation would undeniably change Madison’s character and quality of life.

Although the majority of commuting trips in the city are by private automobile, Madison is somewhat unusual for a city of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the bus helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Madison area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Madison. 55.06% of adults here have a 4-year degree or graduate degree, whereas the national average for all cities and towns is just 21.84%.

The per capita income in Madison in 2010 was $32,061, which is wealthy relative to Wisconsin and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $128,244 for a family of four. However, Madison contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Madison is a very ethnically-diverse city. 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 Irish, English, Norwegian, and Polish.

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