Madison, WI
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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 89.36% 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 (12.11%), teaching (10.44%), and management occupations (10.14%).

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 made interesting by being both a reasonably big city and having a major college student population: students here will find that the city provides a lot of amenities, culture, and opportunities for them. Madison is more than just a college town, however, though the thousands of students certainly are a major part of the character of the city, as well as a contributor to the local economy.

Not only is Madison a city with many college students, but it also retains many recent graduates who are looking to start new careers, creating a very large population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile. That’s because Madison is full of single people in their 20s and 30s and who have undergraduate or graduate degrees and are starting careers in professional occupations. This makes Madison a great place for young, educated career starters looking to find many people like themselves, with good opportunities for friendships, socializing, romance, and fun. In fact, Madison is one of the top larger cities in America for educated single professionals to flock.

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 like to read, write and learn? If you move to Madison, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. Madison is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 56.34% of its adults having a college degree or even advanced degree, compared to a national average across all communities of 21.84%.

The per capita income in Madison in 2010 was $33,215, which is wealthy relative to Wisconsin and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $132,860 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.