Madison, WI

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How We Calculate Our Data
Civics 74
Demographics 46
Economy 74
Education 69
Health 85
Housing 61
Infrastructure 56

#7. Madison, WI

One of the nation’s top college towns is Madison, whose economic engine is largely fueled by the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The city’s main thoroughfare is State Street, which links the college campus to Capitol Square and is lined with popular cafes, shops and restaurants.

Employers are drawn to Madison’s high percentage of college-educated workers as well as its business-friendly environment, and this community ranks high in various rankings of the “greenest” cities in the United States. Other accolades include Madison being a major foodie city and a top music destination, and residents have convenient access to three highly rated hospitals. Madison also deserves credit for its burst of new housing development downtown, including affordable units.

Find out more about what makes Madison a Best Place to Live.

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