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Madison is a city in Dane County.

It is the state capital and the county seat.

The community was named after President James Madison
[NOTE: This is not the only community in Wisconsin named Madison. For links to other places called Madison, WI, see the Duplicate Names box at right.]

The latitude of Madison is 43.073N. The longitude is -89.401W.

It is in the Central Standard time zone. Elevation is 876 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 218,432.


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Median household income
Local
$41,941
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Madison demographic reports
Madison is in the Four Lakes district
Selected as the capital of the Territory of Wisconsin in 1836, when it was still wilderness
Public transportation: Madison Metro Transit System (See the transit and travel sections below.)

Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 774. The number of murders and homicides was 8. The violent crime rate was 3.6 per 1,000 people.
Ranked No. 3 among medium-sized cities in the ePodunk College Town Index, 2002
Ranked No. 1 on the "Most Wired Cities" list, compiled by Media Audit, 2002

No. 1 on the "Best Cities for Women" list (small cities), Ladies' Home Journal, 2002

Madison received national attention for 1967 plane crash which killed singer Otis Redding
Well-known residents have included:
· Chris Farley, comedian
· Thornton Wilder, writer
· Eric Heiden, Olympic speed skater
· Tracy Nelson, singer
· Carly Piper, Olympic gold medallist (swimming)
· Tyne Daly, actress
Local bands (past and present) have included Garbage
Coffee: National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Dunn Brothers, Gloria Jean's, Panera Bread, Starbucks
Local festivals include:
  • Dane County Fair - July 18-22, 2007
  • Willy Street Fair - Sept. 15-16, 2007
  • International Festival - Feb. 25, 2007
  • Capital City Jazz Fest - April 27-29, 2007
  • Juggling Festival - Jan. 12-14, 2007
  • Wisconsin Film Festival - April 12-15, 2007
  • World's Largest Bratfest - May 25-28, 2007
  • Sugar Maple Traditional Music Festival - Aug. 3-4, 2007
  • Africa Fest - Aug. 11, 2007
  • Winter Art Fair - Nov. 11, 2007
Dates often change. Check Madison web sites and events links in the sections below.
Performing arts: Madison Symphony Orchestra, Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, Madison Opera
Nearby parks & recreation: Arboretum
Madison attractions: Olbrich Botanical Gardens & Tropical Conservatory, Henry Vilas Zoo, Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center (designed by Frank Lloyd Wright)
Historic sites and museums: State Historical Museum, Madison Children's Museum, Wisconsin Veterans Museum, Elvehjem Museum of Art
Colleges and universities: University of Wisconsin -- Madison, Edgewood College
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was above the national average. (See library links below.)
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 183
Quotes:
I knew that the university was at one end of State Street and the State Capitol at the other, and I couldn't resist driving the length of it once, and partway back, just to get the feel.
-- Crossing to Safety
Wallace Stegner

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Neighborhoods in Madison include Allied, Appalachian Ridge, Arbor Hills, Bay Creek, Bayview, Berkley Oaks, Blackhawk, Bluff Acres, Bram's Addition, Brentwood Village ... More neighborhood info

Neighborhoods in Madison include Allied, Appalachian Ridge, Arbor Hills, Bay Creek, Bayview, Berkley Oaks, Blackhawk, Bluff Acres, Bram's Addition, Brentwood Village ... More neighborhood info

Census & demographics

Sections below provide additional information and links about Madison demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Dane County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, Madison area jobs, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 53715 ZIP code.

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Ancestry & family history

29% of Madison residents report German ancestry, and 12% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Madison ancestry & family history guide.

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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Madison was $23,498, compared with $21,587 nationally.

Education

48% of Madison residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Fairs, festivals & other events
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History

Historic districts in Madison include Bascom Hill Historic District, East Dayton Street Historic District, East Mifflin Street Historic District, East Wilson Street Historic District, Henry Mall Historic District, Langdon Street Historic District, Main-King Historic District, Orton Park Historic District, Sherman Avenue Historic District, Simeon Mills Historic District ... View historic districts

Housing & real estate

Median rent in Madison, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $602.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $1,221.


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Libraries

Libraries in Madison include Alicia Ashman, Hawthorne Branch, Lakeview Branch, Madison Public Library, Meadowridge Branch, Monroe Street Branch, Pinney Branch, Sequoya Branch, South Madison Branch ... View libraries

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Media outlets

Newspapers in Madison include Madison Capital Times-Wisconsin State Journal

TV stations in Madison include WHA, WISC, WKOW, WMSN, WMTV.

National Public Radio programming is carried locally by WERN., WHA.

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Politics

Dane County supported John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Madison political report.

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Restaurants

Madison restaurants taking online reservations include Capitol Chophouse, Eno Vino Wine Bar and Bistro, Fresco, Johnny Delmonico's, Ocean Grill - Madison ... View restaurants

Traffic

The average commute time for Madison workers is 18 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 36 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Madison between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of 1.7 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.

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“ I knew that the university was at one end of State Street and the State Capitol at the other, and I couldn't resist driving the length of it once, and partway back, just to get the feel. ”
~ Crossing to Safety
Wallace Stegner

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