Madison, WI Community Profile

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The history of the city began in 1829 when a former federal judge by the name of James Duane Doty bought over a thousand acres of swamp and forestlands between Lakes Mendota and Monona with the idea of founding a city in the Four Lakes area.  He bought 1,261 acres for $1,500. Judge Doty lobbied aggressively to make Madison as the new capital even offering buffalo robes to lawmakers and promising choice lots at discounted rates for undecided voters.  He asked James Slaughter to plat two cities in the area, Madison and the City of Four Lakes.  The name Madison came from James Madison, 4th US president.

Demographics and Cost of Living

Statistic Madison Wisconsin National
Population 239,848 5,724,692 314,107,084
Population density (sq mi) 3,124 105 91
Median age 30.8 38.8 37.4
Male/Female ratio 1.0:1 1.0:1 1.0:1
Married (15yrs & older) 43% 58% 55%
Speak English 85% 91% 79%
Speak Spanish 5% 5% 13%


  • Population density is 2,875% higher than Wisconsin
  • Average age is 21% lower than Wisconsin
  • 22% of the population is Caucasian
  • 21% of the population is African-American
  • 13% of the population is Asian
Index Madison Wisconsin National
Cost of living index 107 97 100
Index Madison Wisconsin National
Goods & Services index 102 98 100
Groceries index 105 99 100
Health care index 120 112 100
Housing index 114 91 100
Transportation index 111 103 100
Utilities index 96 100 100


In the event that the cost of living data was unavailable for this city, estimates based upon nearby cities were used. Each cost of living index is based on a national average of 100. If the amount is below 100, it is lower than the national average. If the amount is above 100, it is higher than the national average.


Based on Forbes Magazine, Madison is ranked second in the country in terms of education. The Madison Metropolitan School District serves the city and the surrounding areas with an estimated 25,000 students distributed in 46 schools.  The five public schools are: James Madison Memorial, Madison West, Madison East, La Folette and Malcolm Shabazz City High school.  Madison is also home to the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Edgewood College, Madison Area Technical College and the Madison Media Institute


In the city of Madison 46.90% of the residents are religious in the sense that they affiliate themselves with a faith. Data shows that 22.9% of the population are Catholic, 0.72% are Latter-Day Saints, 2.27% belong to another Christian faith and .59% are Jewish.  0.34% belong to an eastern religion while 0.55% are Islamic.


Money Magazine in 1996 ranked Madison as the best place to live in the United States. Since then it has consistently ranked near the top of the best-places list.  The largest employer in the city is the Wisconsin state government. The city is home to top companies such as Spectrum Brands, Alliant Energy, Credit Union National Association, MGE Energy and Sub-Zero & Wolf Appliances.

Restaurants & Nightlife

Naples 15 — The best restaurant in the city, do try their famous lobster ravioli, which has a really sweet flavor to it.  The fresh calamari is served non deep-fried and the frutti di mare is absolutely amazing.  If you are in the mood for authentic Italian, this is the place to be.

Tornado Steakhouse — Superb place to get steaks at a reasonable price. Food is well cooked and the service astounding.  There is a downstairs meeting room that would remind you of a speakeasy back in the day,

Dotty Dumpling’s Dowry — If hamburgers are your thing, Dotty’s is the place to be.  The hamburgers are all handmade and cooked to perfection with a fresh bun. Try their signature dishes like the Heart Throb that feature one of their special house sauces with cream, cheese, jalapeno and garlic.

Fun Things to Do in Madison, WI  

Olbrich Botanical Gardens – This is one of the best gardens in the country. You can spend a huge amount of time just wandering through the grounds. The place is huge and at times you can get lost. The enchanting walkways will keep you coming back for more.

Wisconsin State Capitol — This place is a must-see when in Madison.  It is a superb place to experience history, art and architecture.  There are free tours available daily. Try climbing up the dome and the roof to get a panoramic 360 view of Madison and the lakes.

Memorial Union Terrace — Located in the University of Wisconsin, there is a lake view that you can relax in for hours if you like.  Quite busy during the weekends and the summer, the food and drinks plus the entertainment make it a place to be.  They offer movies in the summer, boat rides and tasty beer.

Madison, WI truly is a great place to visit.  If you are interested in getting a tattoo, we are only a phone call away. We can’t wait to meet you.