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Madison, WI
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Living in Madison


Madison is a large city located in the state of Wisconsin. With a population of 269,840 people and 69 constituent neighborhoods, Madison is the second largest community in Wisconsin.

Madison real estate is some of the most expensive in Wisconsin, although Madison house values don't compare to the most expensive real estate in the U.S.

Madison is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 87.49% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Madison is a city of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Madison who work in management occupations (10.56%), teaching (10.23%), and office and administrative support (9.40%).

Also of interest is that Madison has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

A relatively large number of people in Madison telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 8.11% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.

Madison is made interesting by being both a reasonably big city and having a major college student population: students here will find that the city provides a lot of amenities, culture, and opportunities for them. Madison is more than just a college town, however, though the thousands of students certainly are a major part of the character of the city, as well as a contributor to the local economy.

This makes Madison a good place to live for young professionals. With so many people in this demographic, Madison presents many opportunities for single professionals to enjoy themselves, socialize, and to create lasting relationships.

Like elsewhere in America, most people in Madison use a private automobile to get to work. But notably, a substantial number of Madison‘s citizens do make use of public transit in their daily commute, primarily riding the bus. This helps more people get to work with less air pollution, and require fewer highways to get them there.

If knowledge is power, Madison is a pretty powerful place. 58.52% of the adults in Madison have earned a 4-year college degree, masters degree, MD, law degree, or even PhD. Compare that to the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns.

The per capita income in Madison in 2018 was $39,595, which is wealthy relative to Wisconsin and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $158,380 for a family of four. However, Madison contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Madison is a very ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Madison home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Madison residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Madison include German, Irish, English, Norwegian, and Polish.

The most common language spoken in Madison is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Polish.