Seventh Heaven

The list is out... from 1300 cities and towns, Money Magazine names its top 10 places to live in America. And Middleton, Wisconsin comes in at #7.

"That's great that we've been voted [number 7]," exclaims Middleton resident Amy Fisher, "I'm really excited."

The "Good Neighbor City" is welcoming some national recognition.

"One of the things we're very proud of in Middleton is the collaboration between the business community, the city government and the school district," says Van Nutt, Executive Director of the Middleton Chamber of Commerce, "Those entities work very closely together and I think that makes life easier out here, easier for all."

Of the top 25 cities named in the August issue of Money Magazine, only 2 were communities with a population over 100,000.

"We don't see ourselves becoming the next Las Vegas or another community growing by leaps and bounds," says city administrator, Mike Davis, "It's a very nice, stable community and we want to keep it that way."

Residents agree.

"It's a small town but you're so close to absolutely everything in Madison," says Fran Ingebritson.

She moved from Madison to Middleton 2 years ago. "We were just ready for kind of a calmer quieter life and here we have it."

Others, like Fisher, moved from another state. "We did our research of Wisconsin and we moved out here because of the neighbors."

And because of the positive press on a nearby city.

"Because Madison was voted," she says as she starts laughing, "It had a write up in the newspaper written as the number one place to raise a family."

Now chock up a win for the schools, the shopping and the already satisfied residents of Middleton.

"It's great," says Fisher with a smile, "Everything is right here in the neighborhood so that's what we love about Middleton."

Two other Wisconsin cities ranked in the top 100: Mequon-Theinsville at 19 and Kenosha at 94.

Back in 1996, Madison ranked number 1 in the same list.

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