Madison, WI
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Madison is a relatively large city located in the state of Wisconsin. With a population of 252,551 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.

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.

If knowledge is power, Madison is a pretty powerful place. 55.06% of the adults in Madison have earned a 4-year college degree, masters degree, MD, law degree, or even PhD. Compare that to the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns.

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.