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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

Greenest City in Wisconsin
Insurify.com, March 2018


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

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

#4 Best Cities for Runners
smartasset.com, April 2019

#10 Best Cities for an Active Lifestyle
WalletHub.com. January 2019

#1 Surprisingly Bike-Friendly Cities
Liveability.com, August 2018

#2 Most Walkable Cities
Expedia.com, May 2018


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

#1 Cities with the 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

#3 Top 100 Best Places to Live
Livability.com February 2019

Best Place to Live in Wisconsin
Money Magazine, December 2018

#8 America's Best Small Cities

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

#1 Nicest Cities in America
Cheatsheet.com, June 2018

#1 for Quality of Life and Industry Diversity
Business Facilities Magazine, July 2018

#3 Top U.S. Metros for Millennials
ApartmentList.com, September 2018

#1 Best Cities for Renters
SmartAsset.com, September 2018

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


#6 Best U.S. Cities for Biking
peopleforbikes.org, May 2018

#1 on 8 Surprisingly Bike-Friendly Cities
Livability.com, August 2018

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


#8 Best Areas for STEM Professionals
WalletHub.com, January 2020

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

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

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

#10 Best-Run Cities
WalletHub.com, July 2018


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


#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


#2 Best Cities for Farmers' Markets
Better Homes & Gardens, June 2019

#1/#2 Best Cheese Curds in Wisconsin
10best.com, June 2019

#2 Best U.S. Cities to Open a Brewery
vinepair.com, June 2019

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

#2 Best Beer Festival
USA Today 10 Best, March 2018

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