Life In Madison

From Visit Madison: Madison’s a good eats kind of a city. A get on your feet kind of city. A city where history and future meet. We’ve got a small-town feel. And big-city amenities. Lake life, campus cool, and endless things to do. Discover more of Madison!


• 568,593 people live in the greater Madison metropolis

• 45,317 students enrolled at UW-Madison

• 81st largest city in the U.S.

• 2nd largest city in Wisconsin

• 77 miles: between Madison and Milwaukee

• 122 miles: between Madison and Chicago

• 5: lakes: Mendota, Monona, Wingra, Waubesa, Kegonsa

• 12: public beaches

• 15: off-leash dog parks in Greater Madison

• Under 20 minutes: the average commute time for Madisonians

• 14: communities that makeup Greater Madison – (Cottage Grove, Cross Plains, DeForest, Fitchburg, Maple Bluff, McFarland, Middleton, Monona, Oregon, Shorewood Hills, Stoughton, Sun Prairie, Verona and Waunakee)

• Under 30: The age of more than half of Madison’s population