Madison (WI) : Wisconsin

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What it's Like to Retire in Madison (WI)

Madison has been a star since it was chosen as the state capital of Wisconsin - even before the town existed. An ideal retirement community, it consistently rates as one of the top places in the U.S. to live and retire. Its downtown is located in the picturesque isthmus between 2 lakes, Lake Mendota and Lake Monona, although there are also 3 other lakes within the city.

Madison, the second largest city in Wisconsin, is a perfect community for active adults 55+ retirement. This exciting university town has rich cultural institutions as well as a beautiful natural environment. Madison boasts a 30-mile web of paved trails that are lit, snowplowed, and biked year-round. Eco-friendly commutes are a dream with walkable streets and great bus service.

The downtown is vibrant and warm. Students from the nearby University of Wisconsin (41,000 students) congregate here. State Street, a car-free zone, links the campus with the capital square. The city has a reputation for its counterculture and liberal points of view, centered in the neighborhood of Mifflin and Bassett streets. During the 70’s the area was referred to as the “People’s Republic of Madison”. Many museums and restaurants now vie for patrons. Many of the city’s important buildings were designed by world famous architects such as Frank Lloyd Wright and Cesar Pelli.

This fast-growing city now encompasses several smaller communities: Madison, as well as the villages Maple Bluff and Shorewood Hills, and the city of Monona. The city's boundaries also approach the villages of Verona and Waunakee. Madison is located in Dane County, midway between Milwaukee and Green Bay. Area population exceeds 350,000. Watch this short Youtube video prepared by : Visit Madison