Madison is a relatively large city located in the state of Wisconsin. With a population of 255,214 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 89.46% 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 (11.72%), management occupations (10.36%), and teaching (10.11%).
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.
Madison is a nice balance between life in a moderately big city and the interesting diversions and culture that come from having a big college student population. The thousands of students who arrive on campus every fall will find that Madison has plenty of amenities and opportunities for them, while residents of Madison enjoy the lectures, music, art, and economic trickle-down that colleges typically provide. "Town and Gown" complement each other in Madison.
This makes it a good place to live for young singles in their 20s and 30s and who have undergraduate or graduate degrees and are starting their professional careers. Although Madison is a large city, this demographic is significant enough that young professionals will find many others like themselves here, with really good opportunities for friendships, recreation, romance, and more.
Like elsewhere in America, most people in Madison use a private automobile to get to work. But notably, a substantial number of Madison‘s citizens do make use of public transit in their daily commute, primarily riding the bus. This helps more people get to work with less air pollution, and require fewer highways to get them there.
Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Madison. 57.06% 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 $34,740, which is wealthy relative to Wisconsin and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $138,960 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 German, Irish, English, Norwegian, and Polish.
The most common language spoken in Madison is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.