Madison

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Life quality score

City ranking

Housing

6
185/263
Details
Large apartment$1567.45
Medium apartment$1241.12
Rent index [score]0.60
Small apartment$914.79

Cost of Living

5
122/261
Details
5km taxi ride$14.00
A Cappuccino$3.70
A beer$1.80
A kilogram of Apples$3.20
Bread$1.30
Inflation [score]0.54
Lunch$11.00
Monthly fitness club membership$43.00
Monthly public transport$55.00
Movie ticket$10.00
Price of a meal at a restaurant$68.73

Startups

5
109/260
Details
Average monthly increase in number of startups7
Average monthly increase in number of startups [score]0.36
Coworking spaces [score]0.60
Coworking spaces on WorkFrom.co9
Meetups [score]0.26
Meetups groups57
Meetups members15438
Number of investors35
Number of startup events in the last 12 months195
Number of upcoming meetup events12
Startup climate scene [score]0.52
Startup events20
Startup events27
Startup events [score]0.49
Startups [score]0.62
Total number of startups141

Venture Capital

5
58/227
Details
Venture capital [score]0.53

Travel Connectivity

1
230/260
Details
Airport hub11
Airport hub [score]0.13
Intercity train connectivity [score]0.12

Commute

5
118/260
Details
Human city pagehttp://cities.human.co/details/United_States/Madison
Traffic handling [score]0.87

Business Freedom

9
67/259
Details
Business freedom84.70
Business freedom [score]0.86
Freedom from corruption74.00
Freedom from corruption [score]0.79
Lack of labor restrictions91.40
Lack of labor restrictions [score]1.00
Time to open a business5.60
Time to open a business [score]0.95

Safety

8
104/264
Details
Crime rate [score]0.90
Gun-related deaths per 100,000 residents per year10
Guns per 100 residents76
Lack of gun related deaths [score]0.73
Lack of guns [score]0.64
Lack of guns and gun-related deaths [score]0.68

Healthcare

7
123/260
Details
Healthcare expenditure [score]0.40
Healthcare quality [score]0.93
Life expectancy (years)79.28
Life expectancy [score]0.76

Education

6
37/230
Details
Best university in rankingUniversity of Wisconsin-Madison
Best university ranking45
Country mean scores in PISA math test478.04
Country mean scores in PISA reading test497.58
Country mean scores in PISA science test497.41
PISA math ranking (high school)32
PISA ranking25
PISA ranking (high school) [score]0.82
PISA reading (high school)20
PISA science (high school)24
Percent of happy students0.77
Percent of low performers in PISA math test0.26
Percent of low performers in PISA reading test0.17
Percent of low performers in PISA science test0.18
Percent of top performers in PISA math test0.09
Percent of top performers in PISA reading test0.08
Percent of top performers in PISA science test0.07
University quality [score]0.35

Environmental Quality

9
13/264
Details
Air quality [score]0.89
Cleanliness [score]0.94
Drinking water quality [score]0.85
Urban greenery [score]0.95

Economy

6
16/258
Details
Currency for urban areaUSD
GDP growth rate0.02
GDP growth rate [score]0.43
GDP per capita$54596.65
GDP per capita [score]0.86

Taxation

4
157/260
Details
Effective company profit tax rate on payouts as dividends [score]0.54
Income tax level [score]0.32
Profit tax (% of profit)0.44
Time overhead to file company taxes175
VAT (Sales Tax)0.06

Internet Access

6
120/263
Details
Download speed (Mbps)56.03
Internet access (download) [score]0.81
Internet access (upload) [score]0.29
Upload speed (Mbps)6.14

Leisure & Culture

5
197/263
Details
Art galleries121
Art galleries [score]0.50
Cinemas47
Cinemas [score]0.63
Comedy clubs22
Comedy clubs [score]0.77
Concert venues119
Concerts [score]0.72
Historical sites36
Historical sites [score]0.42
Museums38
Museums [score]0.49
Performing art venues118
Performing arts [score]0.66
Sport venues35
Sports [score]0.71
Zoos2
Zoos [score]0.81

Tolerance

7
104/264
Details
LGBT Equality Index86.72
LGBT Equality Index [score]0.89
LGBT adoption rights✔ Legal
LGBT age of consent✔ Equal
LGBT blood donation regulations✖ Banned (indefinite deferral)
LGBT conversion therapy regulationsAmbiguous
LGBT discrimination legalityIllegal in some contexts
LGBT employment discrimination legalitySexual orientation only
LGBT gender changing rights✔ Legal, surgery not required
LGBT homosexuality rights✔ Legal
LGBT housing discrimination legalitySexual orientation only
LGBT marriage rights✔ Legal
Tolerance towards minorities [score]0.43

Outdoors

4
159/260
Details
Elevation (hills or mountains) [score]0.19
Median peak in meters316.00
Urban area elevation (meters)271.00
Water access [score]0.70
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Costs of living

Costs of living in Madison are in the 122nd place of all 261 Teleport cities. Sign up for free to get access to our cost of living index and use our international  cost of living calculator to do cost comparison by city.

Housing costs (USD)

$1,033$1,449
$1241
Median rent for
apartments in city center

Daily living costs (USD)

Monthly fitness club membership$43
Movie ticket$10
Broadband internet connection$50
Monthly public transport$55
Lunch$11
-30%
compared to
San Francisco
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Estimated annual salary (in USD)

$81,185
Median salary
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Safety

Overall crime rates

Assault
Moderate
45/53
Theft
Moderate
40/51
Robbery
Low
27/46
Motor vehicle theft
Very Low
7/29

Crime rate development in the last 12 months

Change in the last 12 months

  • Assault-4%
  • Robbery-50%
  • Theft-6%

Gun crimes & Ownership

75.92
Guns per 100 people
9.93
Gun deaths per 100k people / year
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The overall crime rate puts Madison in position 32 of 264 Teleport Cities in a ranking for the safest cities.

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LGBT rights in Madison

Discrimination

Illegal In Some Contexts

Marriage

Legal

Adoption

Legal

Climate

Average number of clear days per year

90

Climate type

Warm Summer Continental

Average daily maximum temperature

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On living in Madison

Situated on an isthmus between Lake Mendota and Lake Monona, Madison is the capital of the State of Wisconsin.

Madison is a fairly large city in south central Wisconsin. One of only two cities in North America situated on an isthmus (the other is Seattle), Madison is defined by its five lakes: Mendota, Monona, Wingra, Waubesa, and Kegonsa. Through a combination of factors, including the state capital and the University of Wisconsin–Madison, the city has more to offer than might be expected from a metropolitan area of about 500,000. Madison has many excellent restaurants, an active theater community, a great music scene, and good shopping. Madison is also just minutes away from a beautiful rural countryside featuring larger fields and a more scenic and hilly terrain, depending on which direction one travels outside of the city.

National groups and magazines rank Madison highly for being a very bike-friendly city, a great place to raise a family, having a healthy and fit population, and an overall high quality of life. Madison is a melting pot of the Midwest. You'll find professionals, students, families, hippies, musicians and everything in between. It has a vibrant nightlife scene with lots of live music and pubs. It shares many qualities of other well-known college towns like Berkeley and Austin—a creative and educated population—but retains a small-town feel.

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