Madison is a relatively large city located in the state of Wisconsin. With a population of 259,680 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 88.74% 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 management occupations (10.67%), office and administrative support (10.31%), and teaching (9.83%).
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.
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.
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. 57.87% 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 2018 was $38,285, which is wealthy relative to Wisconsin and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $153,140 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 Polish.