Why Madison Wisconsin Is The Best Place To Live.
Madison Wisconsin is not the largest city in the country. In fact, it's not even the biggest city in Wisconsin (second to Milwaukee). HOWEVER, Livability released it's top places to live in 2018 and Madison (the state capital) placed in the top ten, nabbing the #7 spot! While we might be a little biased, there are so many reasons that we believe Madison is one of the best places to live in the US. Here are just a few...
1. Capitol Building and Capitol Square
When you think of Madison, Wisconsin, you think of the Capitol building. The Capitol building has been around for more than 100 years and is the most iconic building in the city, constructed in the middle of the isthmus (a narrow strip of land), and in this case it's between two beautiful lakes.
Not only is it aesthetically stunning, it has the second tallest dome in the nation, (second only to Washington's Whitehouse) and sits in the center of Capitol Square. One thing you can be sure of is that it will keep it's dominance of the skyline as there is a state law which says that buildings can not be constructed any taller than the columns surrounding the dome (187 feet).
Moreover, it's the location of some of the most incredible restaurants that Madison has to offer including Cooper's Tavern, the Old Fashioned and Graze and it also functions as the central location for numerous events including the Farmer's Market and Art Fair on the Square.
2. Outdoor Activities
No great city is complete without the water and we could not be more lucky. Madison WI is often described as the "City Of Four Lakes, which includes Lakes Monona and Mendota, that sit either side of the Isthmus as well as Lake Waubesa and Lake Kegonsa. (Although there is a fifth - Lake Wingra).Because of all the water, there are SO many things to do....rent a kayak, canoe or paddle board to take out on the water, head to the Memorial Terrace Union to admire the sunsets, cycle around the lakes, ice fish in the winter...you name it, we've got it!
We also have over 20 miles of trails in the 1,260-acre University of Wisconsin Arboretum, access to the Ice Age Trail which runs through the surrounding areas and some of the most incredible cycling trails in the country - so there's no shortage of opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors!
3. Incredible culture
Not much can compete with the beautifully rich culture we have in Madison. As a college town, Madison hosts the University of Wisconsin, which provides a vibrant energy right in the center of town, down to Memorial Terrace. The impact of the college can be felt in all surrounding areas of Madison as they believe in the 'Wisconsin Idea': the principle that education should influence people’s lives beyond the boundaries of the classroom.
The city's main thorough through is State St, full of eclectic bars, restaurants and shops for all types of people. Because of it's many restaurants, livability cites Madison as a major foodie city, something compounded by the annual Taste of Madison event. It is also considered to be one of the best music cities out there too with venues like the Majestic, and Alliant Energy Center attracting performers from all over the globe. We also have the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art that puts on fun events each year such as the Art Fair, and as also have the Madison Children's Museum, which also provides incredible family friendly exhibits to encourage learning through play. From shows, to shopping, to food, to activities...Madison has SO much to offer.
If you're thinking about moving to the area and have any questions, let us know!