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Madison, WI

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Located in Southern Wisconsin, Madison is the state’s second-largest city, with nearly 250,000 inhabitants. It is bordered by lakes Mendota, Monona, Waubesa, and Kegonsa, giving its nickname “The City of Four Lakes”. Madison has long been identified by its rich political history, specifically its grassroots and counterculture movements. Due to its strong economic growth and high levels of education, Madison is consistently ranked among Forbes’ ten Best Cities. The official city bird of Madison is the plastic pink flamingo.

Madison Apartments


Overlook Pointe
Beds: Studio-3
Baths: 1-2


River Bend Apartments
Beds: 1-2
Baths: 1


$810 Two bedroom in Madison-2613 Smithfield Dr
Beds: 2
Baths: 1


$1350 Two bedroom in Madison-1029 Spaight St
Beds: 2
Baths: 1


$1250 Three bedroom in Madison-9 Loomis Cir
Beds: 3
Baths: 1


$945 Two bedroom in Madison-2961 King James Way
Beds: 2
Baths: 2

Key City Stats

The average age of Madison, WI is
25 to 29
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  • Age Demographic of Renters
  • 25 to 29 years
  • 30 to 34 years
  • 35 to 39 years
  • Male
  • 10.89%
  • 8.3%
  • 6.3%
  • Female
  • 9.85%
  • 8.09%
  • 6.12%
is average rent in Madison, WI
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  • Rent Range
  • $650 to $699
  • $700 to $749
  • $750 to $799
  • Percentage of household units
  • 5.64%
  • 7.48%
  • 8.67%
of units are available for rent in Madison
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  • Vacancy Status
  • For Rent
  • Rented, not occupied
  • Other vacant
  • Housing Units
  • 2839
  • 2397
  • 1176
Getting Around in Madison, WI

Madison’s main form of public transportation is its city and regional bus system. It’s also served by Greyhound, and connected to larger nearby cities such as Milwaukee and Chicago by railroad lines. Madison’s citizens commute primarily by car, and there are several carsharing services as an alternative. However, it is an extremely bike-friendly city, with its main downtown thoroughfare closed to cars. There is a high concentration of bike lanes throughout the city and the surrounding areas.

Walk Score®
"Very Walkable"
Transit Score®
"Good Transit"
The average commuter time in Madison is:
15 to 19 minutes
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  • Time Range
  • 25 to 29 minutes
  • 30 to 34 minutes
  • 35 to 39 minutes
  • Percentage of workers
  • 6.54%
  • 9.75%
  • 1.18%

University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum

<p>The University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum is one of the city's largest park areas. It was established in 1930 and created in large part by the Civilian Conservation Corps. It is the largest collection of restored ecosystems in the United States. Open free to the public, the Arboretum preserves 1,260 acres of natural landscape, and over 300 native species have been restored. It contains several deciduous and conifer forests, wetlands, prairies, and savannas, including the Curties Prairie (which is the world's oldest restored prairie). The Longnecker Horticultural Gardens also contains more than 5,000 plants representing the local flora.</p>

Lake Mendota

<p>Lake Mendota is the largest of Madison's four lakes, and is bordered by the town on its north, east and south. In the summer, it is a major hub for watersports such as sailing, fishing, waterskiing, jetskiing, kayaking, and windsurfing. Lake Mendota is accessible by two marinas and, despite its large tourist surge in the summer, is rarely crowded enough to dampen sports activities. It freezes late into the winter, and is then used for ice-skating, ice hockey, cross country skiing, and more. It&Otilde;s surrounded by numerous walking and bike paths. Spring Harbor beach is a popular destination, as well as the downtown Madison waterfront.</p>


<p>No Wisconsin experience would be complete without a sampling its beloved cheese. Fromagination is synonymous with cheese in Madison. One of the city's most popular cheese destinations, it has won Outstanding Retailer of the Year in 2011. In addition to a huge selection of local cheeses to sample and buy, Fromagination also offers educational classes on cheeses, cheesemaking events, wine pairings, and other special events. In addition to Fromagination, cheese lovers can also check out the Wisconsin Cheese Originals Festival (with a Cheesemaker Gala!) to explore the local culture, industry, and celebration of cheese.</p>