Madison is consistently ranked best among US cities for quality of life. The area receives recognition for great food, healthy lifestyles, and general livability. Athletics spectators enjoy access to world class competition and top tier athletics teams. Outdoors lovers and active sporting enthusiasts place Madison among the nation's most desirable places to call home.
#1 Best Place to Live , Livability, 2014
After factoring in amenities, demographics, economics, education, healthcare, housing, social & civic capital, and transportation & infrastructure, Madison finished first out of 100 U.S. cities.
#4 Best U.S. Cycling Town, USA Today, 2014
Respect for cyclists, an extensive network of bike paths and designated lanes makes the going easy inside the city limits for two-wheeled commuters. Choose any direction out of town and you'll find quiet, well-maintained roads stretching for miles through Wisconsin's scenic, rolling farmland. This is an great area for riding at any experience level.
America's 15 Best Farmers Markets, Forbes Travel Guide, 2014
Madison is home to the nation's largest producer-only farmers' market. The all-local selection of fruits, veggies, meats, cheeses, eggs, honeys and jams add color and variety to Capitol Square on Saturday mornings, April - November, before heading indoors for the winter months. The market's stated mission is for providing "an opportunity for farmers and people from urban communities to deal directly with each other".
#8 Happiest, Healthiest City in America, Huffington Post, 2013
Scoring high for it's low crime rates, affordable fresh produce, and inherently natural beauty, Madison is a place anyone would be happy to call home.
#1 Greenest City in America, nerdwallet, 2014
Having 12.7 parks per 10,000 residents, over 15,000 acres of lakes, more than 200 miles of biking and hiking trails, and more bikes than cars, it is no surprise that Madison scored higher than the rest on environmental quality and green transportation.
#9 City for People Most Satisfied with Life, Business Insider, 2014
According to Gallup's Annual Well-Being Index, Madison took ninth out of 189 cities surveyed regarding residents' satisfaction with the city and area in which they live.
10 Best Cities for Food Trucks, USA Today, 2014
From Banzo's falafel to the various fresh-fruit smoothies, the food carts are a prime spring and summertime lunch destination. Located around Library Mall and the Capitol Square, the food carts offer a fresh and delicious way to dine during the warmer months in Madison.
#5 Healthiest City in America, USA Today, 2014
Madison had lower than average rates of diabetes and heart attack, and higher than average rates of good physical health and access to basic needs, making it one of the top contenders for the healthiest city in America.
Greater Madison Convention & Visitors Bureau, Rankings
Learn more about what makes this city great through the Greater Madison Convention and Visitors Bureau.