Madison

Life quality score

City ranking

Housing

6
182/265
Details
Large apartment$1600.00
Medium apartment$1300.00
Rent index [score]0.60
Small apartment$960.00

Cost of Living

5
125/250
Details
5km taxi ride$12.00
A Cappuccino$3.60
A beer$2.20
A kilogram of Apples$2.60
Bread$1.60
Inflation [score]0.55
Lunch$13.00
Monthly fitness club membership$43.00
Monthly public transport$61.00
Movie ticket$9.60
Price of a meal at a restaurant$67.88

Startups

5
101/264
Details
Average monthly increase in number of startups5
Average monthly increase in number of startups [score]0.37
Coworking spaces [score]0.59
Coworking spaces on WorkFrom.co9
Meetups [score]0.27
Meetups groups61
Meetups members18338
Number of investors35
Number of startup events in the last 12 months373
Number of upcoming meetup events28
Startup climate scene [score]0.55
Startup events38
Startup events [score]0.56
Startups [score]0.61
Total number of startups132

Venture Capital

6
51/221
Details
Venture capital [score]0.58

Travel Connectivity

1
237/265
Details
Airport hub11
Airport hub [score]0.13
Intercity train connectivity [score]0.11

Commute

6
54/252
Details
Human city pagehttp://cities.human.co/details/United_States/Madison
Traffic handling [score]0.89

Business Freedom

9
69/263
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
100/265
Details
Crime rate [score]0.92
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]0.63
Lack of guns and gun-related deaths [score]0.68

Healthcare

7
140/264
Details
Healthcare expenditure [score]0.35
Healthcare quality [score]0.91
Life expectancy (years)79.28
Life expectancy [score]0.76

Education

5
56/239
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)30
PISA ranking24
PISA ranking (high school) [score]0.72
PISA reading (high school)16
PISA science (high school)19
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
8/265
Details
Air quality [score]0.93
Cleanliness [score]0.91
Drinking water quality [score]0.86
Urban greenery [score]1.00

Economy

7
16/262
Details
Currency exchange rate per US dollar for urban area1.00
Currency for urban areaUSD
GDP growth rate0.02
GDP growth rate [score]0.43
GDP per capita$54596.65
GDP per capita [score]0.87

Taxation

4
163/265
Details
Effective company profit tax rate on payouts as dividends [score]0.54
Income tax level [score]0.30
Profit tax (% of profit)0.44
Time overhead to file company taxes175
VAT (Sales Tax)0.06

Internet Access

5
142/265
Details
Download speed (Mbps)60.45
Internet access (download) [score]0.83
Internet access (upload) [score]0.26
Upload speed (Mbps)5.35

Leisure & Culture

4
200/264
Details
Art galleries122
Art galleries [score]0.51
Cinemas46
Cinemas [score]0.61
Comedy clubs22
Comedy clubs [score]0.77
Concert venues122
Concerts [score]0.72
Historical sites34
Historical sites [score]0.40
Museums39
Museums [score]0.49
Performing art venues119
Performing arts [score]0.66
Sport venues34
Sports [score]0.71
Zoos2
Zoos [score]0.81

Tolerance

8
45/265
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]0.81

Outdoors

4
161/265
Details
Elevation (hills or mountains) [score]0.18
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 125th place of all 250 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)

$1,200$2,000
$1600
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$61
Lunch$13
-31%
compared to
San Francisco
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Software Engineer salaries in Madison are high. For this job type, Madison ranks 30th for salaries among 265 cities. Get access to our salary comparison calculator by signing up. Compare salaries city by city with our free salary wizard and convert your own salary to a local salary in Madison.

Estimated annual salary (in USD)

$79,397
Median salary
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Taxation

Personal taxation

Effective income tax rate

14%
For annual salary of $40000
20%
For annual salary of $80000

Value added tax (VAT)

6%
Standard tax rate. Different rates might apply for certain product categories.

Compared to other cities

188/265

Corporate taxation

Compared to other cities

113/262
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Safety

Overall crime rates

Assault
Moderate
43/51
Theft
Moderate
36/49
Robbery
Low
20/41

Crime rate development in the last 7 months

Change in the last 7 months

  • Assault-19%
  • Robbery-13%
  • Theft-15%

Gun crimes & Ownership

76.23
Guns per 100 people
9.93
Gun deaths per 100k people / year
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Visa

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Embassies

Consulate General of Afghanistan in Los, Angeles, United States

120 South Doheny Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90211, United States

Phone: +1-310-288-8334,+1-310-288-8334

U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan

Great Massoud Road, Wazir Akbar Khan , Kabul, Afghanistan

Phone: (+93) 700-10-8001

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People in Madison

Population of Madison

366,400
437 /km²
203/264
Density (people per unit of area)
5%
Growth in 2015-2020
Madison

Demographics of United States

Median age
38
Elderly people
15%
Life expectancy at birth
80
GDP per capita (in USD)
$54,597
12/262
Unemployment
5%
117/263

Languages

English proficiency score
100
1/228
Common spoken languages
English

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Software Engineer
10.19%
Systems Administrator
5.56%
Project Manager
4.63%
Physician
4.63%
Graphic Designer
4.63%
Marketing Manager
3.70%
Mechanical Engineer
3.70%
Other
62.96%

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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 and the anchor of the Greater Madison Area.

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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Good Country Index

Every city comes with a country. How is this one doing in terms of giving back to the global community? Our friends at The Good Country Index measure what each country on earth contributes to the common good of humanity, and what it takes away, relative to its size.

Overall ranking

United States
23rd from a total of 163 countries

World Order

26th

Refugees hosted

Refugees generated

Charity giving

Birth rate

UN Treaties signed

International Peace & Security

66th

Dues in arrears to UN peace keeping budgets

International violent conflict

Peacekeeping troops

Arms exports

Internet security (2014)

Planet & Climate

34th

Ecological footprint

Reforestation since 1992

Hazardous pesticides exports

CO2 emissions

Ozone

Prosperity & Equality

46th

Development assistance

FDI outflows

Fairtrade market size

UN volunteers abroad

Open trading

Culture

53rd

Freedom of movement

Press freedom

Creative services exports

UNESCO dues in arrears as % of contribution

Creative goods exports

Science & Technology

20th

Nobel prizes

Patents

Journal exports

International publications

International Students

Health & Wellbeing

12th

Pharmaceutical exports

Voluntary excess donations to the WHO

Food aid

Humanitarian aid donations

International Health Regulations Compliance

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