Madison Wisconsin Demographics - Dane County

Residents of Chicago and the State of Illinois have always flocked to Wisconsin for vacations. And over the years, the Illinoisans have also flocked to Wisconsin for retirement. As my wife and I were researching the demographics of Madison, Wisconsin, on February 22, 2011, Forbes issued a report of the top 25 cities in the United States to retire to and yes! Madison is number one!

What does Madison have to offer that tops the Forbes comprehensive list? Their metrics were simple - bike paths, doctors and the percentage of the populace who actively volunteer.

Besides being the capital of Wisconsin, Madison is also home to the University of Wisconsin and many cultural events. The Forbes review is interesting in that they did not take into account the economy - their reasoning was very simple - you are retiring so the focus was upon an active lifestyle with excellent medical care. And for medical care Madison ranked No. 6 in the nation.

Madison has a population of 235,626 while the United States has a population of in excess 300 million (307,006,550 to be exact as the "2009 estimate"[4]).  Within the community of Madison resides several notable mansion and historical figures that have shaped our American history.  Additionally,  one suburb ranks as one of the wealthiest in the entire state.  Most notable however is the prestige associated with the University of Madison and has been stated as an educational comparable to Ivy League academics.

To recap the results: "No. 1 on our list: Madison, Wis. Both a state capital and a college town (home to the University of Wisconsin), it is tops in volunteering (a full 40 percent of the adult population), No. 7 in the Bicycling magazine ranking and No. 6 in doctors per capita."

While Forbes was interested in retiring, I remain dedicated to the economics and just completed a review of the demographics of surrounding cities near Madison, Wisconsin. In my review, we will detail the population, the median income and the median housing value. The statistical data is provided by city-data.com and is typically from 2009. I have included a map for each community and an overall summary at the end along with a quick quiz to test your knowledge on this great city and capital of Wisconsin.

We will review 5 cities in Dane County and one city in Rock County which is on the outskirts of Janesville and approximately 40 minutes from Madison. The communities which we will review include:

  • Madison - Dane County
  • Maple Bluff - Dane County
  • Middleton - Dane County
  • Milton - Rock County
  • Oregon - Dane County
  • Verona - Dane County

Map of Madison, Wisconsin USA

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Madison, WI, USA
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Maple Bluff, WI, USA
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Middleton, WI, USA
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Milton, WI 53563, USA
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Oregon, WI 53575, USA
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Verona, WI 53593, USA
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Madison, Wisconsin Summary

County: Dane County

Population: 235,626

(July 2009) +13.3%

Males: 115,798 49% Females: 51%

Median Resident Age: 30.6

Median Age for the State of Wisconsin: 36

Median Household Income: $49,5951

Median Home Value Madison:  $220,2001

Wisconsin:$170,800

Median Income for the State of Wisconsin: $49,9931


Madison, Wisconsin is home not only to a university that houses over 42,000 students (28,960 undergraduates and 11,756 postgraduates as of Fall 2009)[2] and is the capital of the State, it is also a city that is home to four natural lakes! Lake Mendota, Lake Wingra, Lake Waubesa and Lake Monona.

The University of Wisconsin Madison is one of the most esteemed public educational instituions in the world. Often hailed as a "public Ivy", it is stated to be comparable to an Ivy League school advanced education.

The Wisconsin Idea

The University of Wisconsin in 1904 established what has become known as the "Wisconsin Idea". The "Wisconsin Idea" holds that the boundaries of the university should extend beyond its own borders and "should be the boundaries of the state, and that the research conducted at UW–Madison should be applied to solve problems and improve health, quality of life, the environment, and agriculture for all citizens of the state."

Madison Transportation

"Madison is served by the Dane County Regional Airport, which serves more than 100 commercial flights on an average day, and nearly 1.6 million passengers annually.

Most major General Aviation operations take place at Morey Field in Middleton 15 miles away from the city center."

I-39, I-90 and I-94 expressways intersect at Madison, connecting the city to Milwaukee, Chicago, Rockford, Illinois, Minneapolis-St. Paul, and Wausau.

Railways Proposed

A high-speed rail route from Chicago through Milwaukee and Madison to Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota, was proposed as part of the Midwest Regional Rail Initiative.


Lake Mendota

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Lake Mendota, Wisconsin, USA
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Lake Mendota

Surface area 9,740 acres

Max. depth 83 ft
Shore length1 21.6 mi

Primary Inflows:  Yahara River

Lake Mendota is the northernmost and largest of the four lakes near Madison, Wisconsin.[1] The lake borders Madison on the north, east and south, Middleton on the west, Shorewood Hills on the southwest, Maple Bluff on the northeast, and Westport on the northwest.

Lake Monona, Wisconsin

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Lake Monona, Wisconsin, USA
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Lake Monona

Surface area 3,274 acres

Average depth 27 ft

Max. depth 64 ft

Primary inflows

  • Yahara River,
  • Starkweather Creek,
  • Murphy Creek

Lake Monona is a freshwater drainage lake that includes water from Yahara and two other creeks. It is surrounded on three sides by the city of Madison, Wisconsin and on the south side by the city of Monona, Wisconsin. It is the second-largest of a chain of four lakes along the Yahara River (also including Mendota, Kegonsa, and Waubesa).

Lake Waubesa

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Lake Waubesa, McFarland, WI 53558, USA
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Lake Waubesa

Surface area 2,000 acres

Max. depth 38 ft

Shore length1 15 miles 

Lake Waubesa is one of the four lakes in Madison, Wisconsin. It is border by the suburband village of McFarland (population 6400) and Madison.  The lake has a surface area of slightly over 2,000 acres.


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Lake Wingra, Madison, WI 53713, USA
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Lake Wingra

Surface area 1 sq mi

Average depth 9 ft

Max. depth 14 ft

Shore length 4 mi

Maple Bluff, Wisconsin - Eastern Madison on the shores of Mendota Lake

County: Dane County

Population: 1,309

(July 2009) +1.5%

Males: 48% Females:52%

Median Resident Age:44.8

Median Age for the State of Wisconsin: 36

Median Household Income: $130,5551

Median Household Income Wisconsin: $49,993

Median Home Value Maple Bluff: $433,5771

Wisconsin:$170,800

Median Income for the State of Wisconsin: $49,9931


Maple Bluff is part of the Madison Metropolitan Statistical Area

Maple Bluff, Wisconsin Dane County

Maple Bluff, Wisconsin is the elite part of Madison and considered one of the wealthiest spots in all of Wisconsin. Perhaps best known for housing the Governor's Mansion with over 20,000 square feet that stands 3 stories high and receives over 20,000 visitors each year.  Admittance is free to the public.  Public tours are held on Thursday afternoons.  Governor Scott Walker is the 14th Governor of the state to reside in this prestigious mansion.

Maple Bluff is also known for another mansion - for another former Governor and Senator- the Robert M. LaFollette House which was declared an historic site in 1964. 

LaFollette (June 14, 1855 – June 18, 1925) was a Republican and later said to be a Progressive.  His wife was an attorney and very active in the woman's suffrage movement at the turn of the century in the United States.

Maple Bluff, Wisconsin USA - North East Side of Madison

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Middleton, Wisconsin Summary

County: Dane County

Population: 16,529

(July 2009) +13.3%

Males: 48% Females: 52%

Median Resident Age: 36.2

Median Age for the State of Wisconsin: 36

Median Household Income: $59,5191

Median Home Value Middleton: $269,6861

Wisconsin:$170,800

Median Income for the State of Wisconsin: $49,9931

Middleton Wisconsin Dane County

Middleton is a suburb of Madison and has consistently ranked among one of the best cities in the United States."In July 2007, CNN/Money and Money magazine considered Middleton the best place to live in the United States.[1] In July 2009, CNN/Money and Money magazine ranked Middleton the fourth best place to live in the United States.[2]"

Middleton can proudly boasts that it is the home for the corporate headquarters for American Girl, Capital Brewery, Springs Window Fashions, and Electronic Theatre Controls company.   Middleton also has an airport called Morey Field

Middleton, Wisconsin USA - West of Madison

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Middleton, WI, USA
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Milton, WI 53563, USA
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Milton, Wisconsin Summary

County: Rock County

Population: 5,564

(July 2009) +8.4%

Males: 49% Females: 51%

Median Resident Age: 34.3

Median Age for the State of Wisconsin: 36

Median Household Income: $46,4831

Median Home Value Milton: $151,7261

Wisconsin:$170,800

Median Income for the State of Wisconsin: $49,9931

Milton Wisconsin Rock County

Milton Wisconsin is not a formal suburb of Madison, it resides approximately 40 minutes away from the Madison area. It is included here simply for a point of comparison. Milton is considered by many to be a suburb of Janesville, Wisconsin and is a community of approximately 5,600 residents.

Milton is the site of a $70 million ethanol plant built by United Cooperative. A Cargill animal nutrition plant is located in Milton, with a 170-foot grain elevator.

Milton, Wisconsin Rock County

Rock County

Population in July 2009: 5,564. Population change since 2000: +8.4%


Males: 2,727 (49.0%)Females: 2,837 (51.0%)


Median resident age: 34.3 yearsWisconsin median age: 36.0 years

Zip codes: 53563.


Estimated median household income in 2009: $46,483 (it was $43,201 in 2000)

Milton:$46,483Wisconsin:$49,993

Estimated per capita income in 2009: $23,707

Estimated median house or condo value in 2009: $151,726 (it was $107,300 in 2000)

Milton:$151,726Wisconsin:$170,800

Mean prices in 2009: All housing units: $162,277;

Detached houses: $161,348;

Townhouses or other attached units: $157,100;

In 2-unit structures: $255,860;

In 3-to-4-unit structures: $105,724;

In 5-or-more-unit structures: $127,510;

Mobile homes: $5,000

  • White alone - 5,021 (97.8%)
  • Hispanic - 47 (0.9%)
  • Two or more races - 33 (0.6%)
  • Asian alone - 14 (0.3%)
  • Black alone - 9 (0.2%)
  • American alone - 7 (0.1%)
  • Other race alone - 1 (0.02%)



Read more: http://www.city-data.com/city/Milton-Wisconsin.html#ixzz1Eeq5rKes

Oregon, Wisconsin

County: Dane County

Population: 9,498

(July 2009) +26.4%

Males: 49% Females: 51%

Median Resident Age: 34.2

Median Age for the State of Wisconsin: 36

Median Household Income: $66,3141

Median Home Value Oregon: $229,5411

Wisconsin:$170,800

Median Income for the State of Wisconsin: $49,9931

Oregon, Wisconsin ia part of the Madison Metropolitan Statistical Area.


Oregon Wisconsin Dane County is a community of approximately 9400 people that is part of the Madison Statistical Data. It is home to a number of distinctive buildings including the original Badger Cycle Company building and the Red Brick School which was built in 1922 as the high school, stands north of downtown and now serves as the business offices for the Gorman Company.


Oregon, Wisconsin USA - Sougth of Madison

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Verona, Wisconsin Summary

Middleton, WisconsinCounty: Dane County

Population: 11,592

(July 2009) +64.4%

Males: 48% Females: 52%

Median Resident Age: 36.5

Median Age for the State of Wisconsin: 36

Median Household Income: $76,6071

Median Home Value Verona: $250,4791

Wisconsin:$170,800

Median Income for the State of Wisconsin: $49,9931

Verona is part of the Madison Metropolitan Statistical Area

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Verona, Wisconsin is a suburb of Madison and as of the 2000 census had approximately 7,000 residents.

Geographical Features in Verona, Wisconsin

Notable geographical features include the Verona Sugar River Valley, the Badger Mill Creek, and the Sugar River Water Trail. A portion of the Ice Age National Scenic trail also runs through Verona.

Verona, Wisconsin is home to Epic Systems Corporation, a medical information system company.


Verona Wisconsin - Southwest of Madison

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Dane County

Population in July 2009: 11,592. Population change since 2000: +64.4%

Males: 5,606 (48.4%) Females: 5,986 (51.6%)

Median resident age: 36.5 yearsWisconsin median age: 36.0 years

Zip codes: 53593.

Estimated median household income in 2009: $76,607 (it was $65,367 in 2000)

Verona:$76,607

Wisconsin:$49,993

Estimated per capita income in 2009: $33,524

Verona city income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2009: $250,479 (it was $159,100 in 2000)

Verona:$250,479Wisconsin:$170,800

Mean prices in 2009: All housing units: $274,022;

Detached houses: $289,408;

Townhouses or other attached units: $199,171; In 2-unit structures: $259,156;

In 3-to-4-unit structures: $110,123;

In 5-or-more-unit structures: $286,884;

Mobile homes: $65,000
Read more: http://www.city-data.com/city/Verona-Wisconsin.html#ixzz1EPTmG2te

City
Population
Median Income
Median Housing
Median Age
Madison
235,626
$ 49,595
$220,200
30.6
Maple Bluff
1,309
$130,555
$433,577
44.8
Middleton
16,529
$ 59,519
$269,686
36.2
Milton
5,564
$46,483
$151,726
34.2
Oregon
9,498
$66,314
$229,541
34.2
Verona
11,592
$76,607
$250,479
36.5
Wisconsin
5,654,774
$49,993
$170,800
36.0

Summary of Surrounding Communities Near Madison, Wisconsin

There are many great places in American to retire. The natural beauty is alluring. What makes Wisconsin special is not just the natural beauty, the bike paths, the high standard of excellence of medical care, but I contend it is the warmth of its people that retains us and bring a smile to our lives daily.

Wisconsin houses 5.6 million people and is a small dot on the map of the United States' population of 307,006,550 and Madison is even smaller yet with 235,626 residents.  Illinois is estimated to be for the same time period at 12.9 million - close to double the size of Wisconsin.

I am constantly pleasantly surprised the professionalism and courtesy of the people of Wisconsin. From the mom and pop restaurants to the local post office to the retail stores, Wisconsin hospitality is simply the best in the Midwest.

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Credence2 5 years ago from Florida (Space Coast)

With all the news coming out of Wisconsin, in general and Madison in particular, this article is a pleasant surprise. I have considered Wis. as a place for retirement because of its progressive image and well educated population. But the 'missus' had other plans because it is a bit chilly in Winter. Thanks for this informative hub


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James A Watkins 5 years ago from Chicago

Thank you for this fascinating report on Madison. I appreciate your diligence at posting all the demographics. I enjoyed reading this Hub.

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    [1] city-data.com July 2009

    [2] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/University_of_Wisconsin%E2%80%93Madison

    [3]Population Wisconsin and US - http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/55000.html

    [4] Wisconsin Median Age 36 - http://www.eredux.com/states/demographics.php?id=1128

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