US Bank Building on Capital Square,  Madison, WI

Photo courtesy of the Madison Convention & Visitors Bureau

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How We Calculate Our Data
Civics 64
Demographics 37
Economy 66
Education 72
Health 88
Housing 60
Infrastructure 66

#3. Madison, WI

Not only does Madison have one of the top rated health-care systems in the country, it also has a high performing school system and strong economy. The University of Wisconsin, and a handful of other schools, gives Madison a large student population, but being the state capital means this city offers some serious culture. There are always things to do in Madison. The city’s 33 percent minority population creates diversity that pairs well with an urban/suburban vibe. Madison has been at or near the top of the Best Places index for three years in a row.

Read more about why Madison was the Top 100 Best Place to Live in 2015

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