Information about Madison, Wisconsin
As of 2014, Madison had more than 245,000 people, based on U.S. Census Bureau estimates. While the majority of the city's population - almost 79 percent - identified as white in 2010, Madison also had an above-average percentage of Asian residents at more than seven percent. The annual median household income was $53,933 for the years 2010-2014; this was slightly higher than the statewide median of $52,738.
Outdoor recreation is abundant in Madison, with five lakes and hundreds of miles of trails for hiking, biking, skiing and water sports. Natural beauty lives within the city limits, too, in the form of Olbrich Botanical Gardens, which has 16 acres of outdoor gardens and a glass conservatory. If urban entertainment is your preference, the city has its own symphony, repertory theater and opera. A popular annual event in Madison includes the Great Taste of the Midwest craft beer festival.
Madison Educational Opportunities
The University of Wisconsin - Madison ranked 41st among national universities and 11th among public schools in U.S. News & World Report's 2016 rankings of the country's best schools. UW - Madison is the largest school in the state, with a student population of nearly 42,600 students as of Fall 2014.
Other nonprofit postsecondary schools in the city include the private Edgewood College and 4-year public school Madison Area Technical College, as well as the public 2-year University of Wisconsin Colleges.
As of 2013, according to Madison Economic Development, top private employers in the city include electronic health record software company Epic, UW Hospital and Clinics, American Family Insurance, Dean Health System and WPS Health Insurance, along with Meriter Health Services, TDS Telecommunications Corp. and Covance Laboratories.