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Madison, Wisconsin consistently ranks as a top community in which to live, work, play, and raise a family. This Midwestern getaway is also growing in recognition as a premier meeting and convention destination. Read on to discover which lists we've topped and why--from being the best in business to creating phenomenal food--and countless criteria in between.



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

#9 Public Land Park Score
The Trust for Public Land, May 2017

The Best Cities on Earth for Biking 
Yahoo Travel, June 2015

#2 Best Midwest Cities for Green Commuters
Homeownersinsurance.com, May 2013

#1 Most Compact Mid-Sized City in U.S. (13th in U.S. Overall)

#1 Greenest City in America
Nerdwallet, April 2014 

Madison Leads the Way in Meetings Sustainability
Meetings Focus, February 2014 

10 great places to blaze a (bike) trail of good food
USAToday.com, September 2012

Madison Ranked #6 Bike-Friendly City
Bicycling Magazine, June 2012


#19 Healthiest Cities in America
Wallethub, February 2017

#1 Best City for an Active Lifestyle
Wallethub, January 2017

#1 Fittest Cities in America
Fitbit, April 2016

#3 in Top Ten Healthiest Cities
Livability.com, April 2015

#4 Best Cycling Towns
USAToday Travel, April 2014

Madison Ranked #8 in Happiest, Healthiest Cities in America
Prevention.com, September 2013 and Huffington Post, January 2014

Madison Ranked #6 Bike-Friendly City
Bicycling Magazine, June 2012


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

#7 Top 100 Places to Live
Livability.com, January 2018

#1 Most Caring Cities in America
WalletHub, December 2017

#6 Best City to Celebrate 4th of July
WalletHub, July 2017

#10 Safest Big Cities in the U.S.
MSN Money, August 2017

#10 Best Small City in the U.S.
Resonance Consultancy Ltd., June 2017

#9 Park Score
Trust for Public Land, May 2017

#1 Best College Town for Dating
datingadvice.com, May 2017

#1 Alternative Cities for Young Professionals to Live
MoveBuddha, March 2017

#1 Most Overlooked Cities in America
DK Eyewitness Travel, March 2017

#2 Super Cool US Cities
Expedia, February 2017

#2 Best State Capitals to Live In
Wallethub, February 2018

#18 Best Places to Spend a Weekend
Thrillist, March 2017

#18 Best U.S. Cities to Live In
US News and World Report, February 2017

#3 America’s Friendliest Cities
Travel + Leisure, November 2016

Most Underrated Music Cities in America
Thrillist, April 2016

Top City to Move To
U-Haul, February 2016

30 Most Fun Places to Live in the U.S.
U.S. News & World Report, July 2016

#3 in Top 100 Best Places to Live 2016
Livability.com, September 2015 

10 U.S. Cities Perfect for a Weekend Getaway
Buzzfeed, July 2015

Most Livable Cities in America
Forbes, April 20, 2015

10 Most Livable Neighborhoods in the U.S.
AARP, April 16, 2015

5 Reasons Madison, WI Might be the World’s Best Place to Retire
Huffington Post, February 27, 2015

Top 10 Happiest Cities in the World
National Geographic, January 2015

#9 in 10Best Travel-Worthy State Capitols
USA Today, January 2015

Top 10 Things to Do on a Budget
Midwest Living, January 26, 2015

#5 Queerest Cities in America 2015
The Advocate, January 12, 2015

5 Free Things to Do in Madison, Wisconsin
Miami Herald, January 8, 2015

#1 in Top 100 Places to Live
Livability.com, September 2014

"7 reasons why Madison, Wisconsin is the best place to live in America"
Business Insider, September 2014

#1 Best U.S. Cities for Quality of Life
NerdWallet.com, August 2014

#8 in Top Ten Hardest Working Cities
MyLife, July 2014

2013 Great Places in America: Neighborhoods
American Planning Association

People Are Most Satisfied with Life in These 10 U.S. Cities
Business Insider, April 2014 

2014 Best of the Midwest Travel
Midwest Living, Spring 2014 

#3 in 15 Best Cities for Young Adults
Forbes, January 2014 

#2 Best Small Cities for Starting Over
Credit Donkey, October 2013

#1 Best Small Cities to Live
Credit Donkey, August 2013


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

#4 Best Value for Craft Beer and Cycling
Trivago, January 2017

America's Best College Football Towns
Travel + Leisure, August 2016

#7 in Top 50 U.S. Swim Cities
USA Swimming, August 2014


#7 Best Area for STEM Professionals
WalletHub, January 2017

#2 Best City for Post-Graduation
Glamour, March 2016

#5 America’s Best Cities for Young Professionals
Forbes,  August 2016

#7 Best Cities for Young Entrepreneurs
Nerd Wallet, January 2016

Wisconsin's Vibrant Metro All-Around Charmer
Meetings Focus, February 2015

#2 City for Young Entrepreneurs
NerdWallet, November 2014

#5 in Cities Winning the Battle for Information Jobs
Forbes, May 2014 

#9 in Top 25 Tech Hot Spots
The Atlantic Cities, October 2013

Forbes Best Places for Business & Careers
Forbes 2013Madison Profile

Madison Ranks 5th for High Tech Jobs
MarketWatch, June 2013

The Best U.S. Cities for Working Women
Co.EXIST, May 2013

Top 7 Cities for Last-Minute Meetings
Smart Meetings, May 2013

Madison ranked 2nd best-run city in America
24/7 Wall St., January 2013


7 Great Hotels on College Campuses
AFAR.com, September 2016

America's Most Beautiful College Campuses
Travel + Leisure, September 2016

Best Places for Artists to Live in the USA
Thrillist, July 2016

UW-Madison Sociology Department Ranks #1 in U.S. Private and Public Universities
U.S. News & World Report

UW-Madison Ranks #13 Nationwide in Public Universities
U.S. News & World Report

Madison Ranks 6th in Nation for Students Studying Abroad
Institute for Higher Education, November 2013


#2 City in the U.S. for Single Moms
Wallethub, March 2016

5 Free Things to Do in Madison, Wisconsin
Associated Press, June 2014

#8 Best City to Raise a Family
Parenting Magazine, July 2012

Madison Children's Museum Ranked 5th-Best Children's Museum in the Nation
Parents Magazine, February 2011




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

Best Food City in Every State
Thrillist, March 2017

America's Most Historic Food Markets
USA Today, July 2016

Best Food City in Every U.S. State
Thrillist, July 2016

Foodies: Welcome to Flavortown
Going on Faith, July 2016

Unlikely Foodie Cities
Fox News, June 2015

UW Students Break Record for Biggest Rice Krispies Treat
NBC News, April 2015

Greatest College Coffee Shops in America
Travel + Leisure, February 2015

Real Food, Real People
Taste & Travel International, Autumn 2014

14 Best Food Museums
MapQuest Discover, November 2014

5 Wine Destinations off the Beaten Path
The Today Show, June 2014

Foodie Cities: Real Estate for the Restaurant Set
Wall Street Journal

Madison Named #3 in Best Iconic American Foods
USA Today & 10Best, August 2013 

Madison Named Best Foodie Town in Wisconsin's 12 Best Towns
Wisconsin Trails, 2013

#5 Top Foodie Cities in 2013
Livability.com, April 2013



Middleton Rated #4 Best Places to Live
CNN Money's list of America's best small towns, August 2009