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Madison, population 225,000, consistently ranks as one of the top places in the country to live, work, go to school, play and raise a family. Home to the State Capitol and University of Wisconsin, Madison offers residents a stimulating civic, political and educational environment. Boasting an outstanding public school system, Madison has 30 elementary, 12 middle and 5 high schools. More than 180 public, governmental and special libraries are available for additional learning. There are more than 160 churches representing 45 denominations, and at least 120 community organizations supporting a vast array of community needs.
Residents also enjoy an endless variety of music, dance, theater, visual and literary arts, including five museums exhibiting art, history, and science collections. Shoppers and diners enjoy an eclectic mix of independent stores and restaurants celebrating cultures from around the globe. Built around four lakes, Madison satisfies outdoor enthusiasts with its public parks, beaches, and marinas. Dane County International Airport provides ready access to Detroit, Chicago, and Minneapolis. Milwaukee is an easy one hour drive away and Chicago is 2.5 hours away by car.