Patience, Please.

Patience, Please.

We’re so glad to see you again!
Some of us may be new. Some of our efforts may take time.
But our devotion to your experience is stronger than ever.
Thanks for your increased patience, kindness & understanding.

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Best Places to Live

Madison is consistently named one of the best places to live.

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Rankings and Accolades 

What does one of the world’s happiest cities look like? One of America’s fittest, most walkable, and best places to live? A place for business and pleasure? It looks like Madison, Wisconsin. See where we rank.

Growing Recognition for Going Green

#4 Greenest Cities in the US
zippia.com, August 2020

A HAPPENING PLACE TO BE HEALTHY

#4 Fittest City in the U.S.
ACSM American Fitness Index, July 2020

#2 Best Cities for Bikes
peopleforbikes.org, June 2020

#9 Best Cities for Runners
smartasset.com, August 2020

#2 Fittest Cities in America
Men's Health, September 2019

#2 Most Walkable Cities
expedia.com, May 2018

PERFECT PLACE TO LIVE

#1 10 Best Places to Retire in America
money.com, December 2020

#2 Happiest Cities in America
menshealth.com, December 2020

#3 Top 100 Best Places to Live
livability.com, October 2020

#2 Best Places for Outdoor Enthusiasts to Live and Work
smartasset.com, October 2020

#2 Best Cities for Millennials
rent.com, September 2020

#3 Best State Capitals to Live In
wallethub.com, February 2020

#1 Cities with Best Work-Life Balance
smartasset.com, January 2020

#2 Most Caring Cities in America
wallethub.com, December 2019

#8 Best Places to Live
money.com, September 2019

#5 Best U.S. Cities for Renters with Pets
zumper.com, April 2019

One of the Best Small Cities in America
National Geographic, January 2018

Top 10 Best City for Recent College Grads
livability.com, May 2018

#1 Best Cities to Live In if You're Young and Broke
magnifymoney.com, May 2018

SWEET SPOT FOR SPORTS

#1 Best College Football Town in America
si.com, August 2019

#4 Sportiest City in the U.S.
Men's Health, September 2017

BEST IN BUSINESS

#1 Best Cities for Work Life Balance
gobankingrates.com, November 2020

#1 20 Best Places to Live and Work Remotely
moneycrashers.com, September 2020

#7 Best Cities for STEM Professionals
ceoworld.biz, January 2020

#1 Cities Where Women Are the Most Successful
smartasset.com, April 2019

#2 10 Best Cities to Start Your New Career
zippia.com, August 2018

#9 Best U.S. Cities to Find a Job
thestreet.com, August 2018

#3 10 Cities Where Women Are the Most Successful
smartasset.com, September 2018

EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION, ARTS & ARCHITECTURE

25 Best College Hotels in the U.S.
vacationidea.com, August 2018

Most Educated City in Wisconsin
insurify.com, July 2018

#15 Best Public Schools in the U.S.
US News, September 2018

#4 25 Best Green Colleges in the United States
collegeconsensus.com, October 2018

FABULOUS FOR FAMILIES

#1 Best Places in the U.S. for Raising Children
diversitydatakids.com, January 2020

#2 Best Cities for Working Moms
havenlife.com, March 2019

#1 Best Cities to Raise a Family
Zumper.com, August 2018

#12 Best Cities for Millennial Families
ValuePenguin.com, October 2018

PHENOMENAL AT FOOD

#8 Best Cities for Beer Drinkers
smartasset.com, December 2020

Best Food Trucks in America
msn.com, February 2019

#4 Best Beer Destination in the World
vinepair.com, January 2018

#2 Best Beer Festival
10best.com, March 2018

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Attractions

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Outdoors & Recreation

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Local Sports

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