Best Places to Live

Madison, WI

Population: 243,122
City of Madison

Madison is rich in business headquarters, research, talent and new businesses… and the cheese isn’t bad either. This midwestern city ranked in the top 3 for small business loans on our list. Both creative and tech-savvy, this city ranks in the top 15 for creative class workers and the top 20 for educational attainment. Also worth noting is its top 20 ranking for jobs, as well as for household income growth. Madison has ranked on our Top 100 Best Places to Live three years in a row, as well as placed on our Top 10 College Towns and Top 10 Healthiest Cities.