Madison, Wisconsin

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Wisconsin's second largest city is home to the State Capital and the University of Wisconsin. Madison is located in the south central part of the state on an isthmus between Lakes Mendota and Monona.

In 1996, Money magazine identified Madison as the best place to live in the United States. It has consistently ranked near the top of best places to live in subsequent years, with the city's low unemployment rate a major contributor. In 2004, Madison was named the healthiest city in America by Men's Journal magazine. The city has one of the most extensive bike trail systems in the nation.

Highlights of Madison include the beautiful UW Arboretum, Henry Vilas Zoo, Overture Center, Olbrich Botanical Gardens and many others. A very popular spot is State Street, which links the University campus with the State Capitol Square, and is lined with restaurants, espresso cafes and shops. Only pedestrians, buses & delivery vehicles are allowed on State Street. Madison has homes for every budget and plenty of variety in style. Most homes are of the older variety and in general, one needs to move to the suburbs if they prefer something of the newer variety.