Madison ranked #16 in U.S. News’ Places to Live list
MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) - Madison cracked the Top 20 list in U.S. News’ Best Places to Live, which highlighted the capital city’s smalltown vibes and down-to-earth feel.
Touted for high-tech businesses and acclaimed institutions, U.S. News determined Madison’s ranking by looking at the job market, schools and crime.
Job-wise, U.S. News pointed out Epic Systems as a leading economic booster as well as other hospitals, tech firms and unique companies - such as American Family Insurance and American Girl Brands.
Twenty-nine area high schools were recognized in U.S. News & World Report’s Best High Schools rankings as well as two of Madison’s three colleges landing on the Best Colleges rankings.
Madison received a 7.2 out of 10 on a crime index - a better than average crime rate - and showed a decrease in violence since 2018.
The food and entertainment scene received honorable mentions, earning downtown’s Marigold Kitchen and Michelangelo’s Coffee House a shoutout.
Madison’s other honorable rankings are the U.S. News’ #49 in Best Places to Retire and #4 in Best Places for Quality of Life.
Outside of the capital city’s sweet 16 spot, the top five ranking best cities to live in are:
- Boulder, Colorado
- Raleigh & Durham, North Carolina
- Huntsville, Alabama
- Fayetteville, Arkansas
- Austin, Texas
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