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Overview

Introduction to Madison

Madison, Wisconsin, with its population of 208,000, is the second largest city in Wisconsin. The University of Wisconsin calls Madison home, and the city is 77 miles away from Milwaukee. Outdoor activities, distinctive cultural amenities, and fine restaurants and shopping make Madison an enjoyable place to visit or live. The city is surrounded by five lakes and boasts over 200 parks for an incredible array of cross-country skiing, biking, swimming, sailing, ice fishing, hiking, and snow sailing. It’s a city that combines aspects of urban vibrancy with small-town friendliness.

Madison Culture

The city of Madison offers its residents a wide array of cultural activities not typically found in a city of its size. High-class entertainment can be found virtually any night of the week at the University of Wisconsin performance venues. The Madison Repertory Theater, the Madison Opera, and the Madison Symphony all offer performance year-round. Small town charm meets urban activity in an area known for its natural beauty. The city has an active music scene, including rock bands, opera, and folk singing. There are plenty of museums to choose from, including the University of Wisconsin’s Chazen Museum of Art, the Wisconsin Historical Museum, the Wisconsin Veteran’s Museum, and the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art. The performing arts are alive and well in the city, with performances by the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra and the Madison Ballet.

Madison Sports and Leisure

Residents and visitors of the Madison area can always find something to do that involves sports. The area boasts a range of golf courses open to the public, including championship courses and par-3 alike. Tennis courts are popular throughout the city, usually available on a first come, first served basis. Spectator sports opportunities include the University of Wisconsin’s athletics, minor league baseball with the Madison Mallards, and many other events.

Madison Outdoors

Madison has five lakes and hundreds of miles of trails that can satisfy any outdoor enthusiast. This has resulted in the city repeatedly being ranked one of the best small cities in the United States. There’s Lake Monona and the UW Arboretum, two spots perfect for biking and hiking. The Madison Parks Division maintains over 240 parks, 10 beaches, 4 off-leash dog areas, and 14 conservation parks. During the winter months, there is plenty of outdoor sports to be enjoyed, including skiing, skating, and sledding at the many lakes and parks. Madison is also considered the bike capital of the Midwest because it has more bikes than cars and over 100 miles of bike trails.

Madison at Night

When nighttime rolls around in Madison, the entertainment and social scenes kick into high gear. There’s always something going on, from comedy to dancing to billiards to pub crawling. Madison is a vibrant college town, and there are many activities to keep people, both young and old, satisfied and entertained. The university has had a reputation for decades as a party school, earning it the nickname Mad Town. The Mifflin Street Block Party and the State Street Halloween Party are commonly attended by tens of thousands of partiers, including many who come from other states to take part in the festivities.

People

Total Population 243,122
Male Share of the Population 49.3%
Female Share of the Population 50.7%
Senior Citizens 10.4%
Employed Population 16+ 137,676
Age of the Population 31

Families

% of people married 38.1%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 55.1%
Median Earnings25+ $39,853
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $19,304
Median Earnings With High School Degree $26,079

Wealth

Median Family Income $78,580
% Above Poverty Level 81%
% Below Poverty Level 19%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 19 minutes
% Working from Home 4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 14.7%
% Using Public Transportation 9.3%

Housing

People Living Alone 35.2%
Median Gross Rent $939
Median House Value $212,500

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 26%
US/American 0.1%
English 8.4%
Irish 13.8%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Madison Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 75 miles W of Milwaukee, Wisconsin
County Dane
Metro Area Madison
Standard Zip Codes 53562, 53593, 53703, 53704, 53705, 53706, 53711, 53713, 53714, 53715, 53716, 53717, 53718, 53719, 53726
P.O. Box Zip Codes 53701, 53707, 53708, 53725, 53744
Company Zip Codes 53702, 53774, 53777, 53778, 53779, 53782, 53783, 53784, 53785, 53786, 53788, 53789, 53790, 53791, 53792, 53793, 53794
Phone Area Codes 608
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 43.073
Longitude -89.401

Madison Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station ARBORETUM UNIV WIS
Distance 1.6 miles
Jan Temp 5 to 27 F
Apr Temp 33 to 58 F
Jul Temp 58 to 84 F
Oct Temp 36 to 62 F
Annual Precip 36.5 inches
Station CHARMANY FARM
Distance 4.2 miles
Jan Temp 6 to 24 F
Apr Temp 35 to 54 F
Jul Temp 60 to 81 F
Oct Temp 38 to 59 F
Annual Precip 33.4 inches
Station ARLINGTON UNIV FARM
Distance 15.9 miles
Jan Temp 8 to 23 F
Apr Temp 36 to 55 F
Jul Temp 60 to 81 F
Oct Temp 40 to 59 F
Annual Precip 32.8 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Madison, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Monona Grove (53716)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Fitchburg 26,616 $72,663
Maple Bluff 1,478 $172,188
McFarland 8,092 $96,078
Middleton 18,478 $83,950
Monona 7,835 $85,430
Shorewood Hills 1,839 $166,250

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Madison Public Libraries

Library
Madison Public Library
201 W. MIFFLIN ST.
Madison, Wisconsin
(608) 266-6363

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Madison Hospitals

UW HEALTH UW HOSPITALS AND CLINICS
(Government - Hospital District or Authority)
600 HIGHLAND AVE
(608) 263-8991
Emergency Service: Yes

MERITER HSPTL
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
202 S PARK ST
(608) 267-6000
Emergency Service: Yes

ST MARYS HSPTL MED CTR
(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
707 S MILLS ST
(608) 251-6100
Emergency Service: Yes

William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital
(VA)
2500 Overlook Terrace
(608) 256-1901
Emergency Service:

Madison High Schools

(Sorted by Number of Students)

MEMORIAL HI
201 S GAMMON RD
608-663-6040
Serves 2,204 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.5

WEST HI
30 ASH ST
608-204-4104
Serves 2,110 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.7

EAST HI
2222 E WASHINGTON AVE
608-204-1605
Serves 2,101 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.4

LAFOLLETTE HI
702 PFLAUM RD
608-204-3604
Serves 1,659 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16

WORK & LEARNING HI
15 S BREARLY ST
608-204-4223
A Non-traditional School
Serves 127 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12.7

SHABAZZ-CITY HI
1601 N SHERMAN AVE
608-204-2440
A Non-traditional School
Serves 124 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 9.8

DIPLOMA COMPLETION HI
545 W DAYTON ST
608-663-1907
A Non-traditional School
Serves 90 students.

MENDOTA MHI
301 TROY DR
608-244-2411
A Non-traditional School
Serves 52 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 6.1

SAPAR PROGRAM HI
15 S BREARLY ST
608-204-4223
A Non-traditional School
Serves 23 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 4.8

CENTRAL WISCONSIN CENTER
317 KNUTSON DR
608-249-2151
A Non-traditional School
Serves 14 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 2.3

DANE COUNTY TRANSITION SCH
2326 S PARK ST
608-834-8253
A Non-traditional School
A Charter School.
Serves 9 students.

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Historic Madison

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Madison (view from University) c1898.

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Madison (view from University) c1898.

Madison (view from University) c1898.

Madison (niversity of Wisconsin) between 1880 and 1899

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