Madison and the surrounding region is no stranger to the “best” lists, being named as one of the best places to live, to retire, for young professionals, for recreation, for high-tech job growth and for families to name a few! In 2023, Livability®
named Madison the best place to live in the Midwest
Greater Madison is accessible from a number of transportation networks, including nonstop flights to major cities from Dane County Regional Airport; an expansive highway network and easy interstate access for short commutes to Chicago, Milwaukee and Minneapolis; bus service; bike rental and a growing clean vehicle charging network powered by Madison Gas and Electric, making it easy to travel throughout the area and beyond.
- Madison is centered on an isthmus between two scenic lakes and surrounded by smaller, diverse communities each with its own unique identity and opportunities.
- Fitchburg is just minutes from the state capitol, UW Campus and State Street, yet surrounded by family farms, community parks and miles of world-class bike trails.
- Middleton, a city of 18,000 located on the shores of Lake Mendota, boasts an abundance of commercial activity, recreation, entertainment, dining and nightlife.
- Monona is known for award-winning commercial corridors, strong community institutions and beautiful lakefront views.