Wisconsin’s capital, Madison is an eclectic blend of cultures and boasts outdoor recreation and natural beauty. Did you know that in Madison, the State Capitol is the landmark of the whole city? Did you know Madison is a large University town? Did you know the well-known architect Frank Lloyd Wright designed many of the city’s notable buildings? Some more facts about the Mad City worth knowing are:
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Madison's Geographic and Demographic Fast Facts
- Madison is the capital of Wisconsin.
- It is the second largest city in the state and eighty-third largest in the US.
- The city is sometimes referred as “The City of Four Lakes”. It borders four of Wisconsin’s lakes- Lake Mendota, Lake Kegonsa, Lake Monona, and Lake Waubesa.
- The ethnic composition of Madison includes: White-78.9%, African American-7.3%, Asian-7.4%, Native American-0.4%, Latino or Hispanic-6.8%, Other races-2.9%, and One or more races-3.1%.
Madison's History Fast Facts
- In 1836, Madison was chosen as the Wisconsin capital.
- In 1837, Madison was founded.
- In 1846, Madison was formed into village.
- In 1856, Madison was incorporated as a city.
- The city served as a center of the Union Army in Wisconsin during the Civil War.
- In 1996, Madison was regarded as the No. 1 place in American to live by Money Magazine.
Madison's Government and Economy Fast Facts
- Madison is the county seat of Dane County.
- Madison has a mayor-council form of government.
- The two largest Madison employers are University of Wisconsin-Madison and Wisconsin state government.
- Madison has low unemployment rate.
Madison's Important and Interesting Fast Facts
- Madison is nicknamed as “Madtown”, “The City of Four Lakes”, and “Mad City”.
- The city is home to the World’s largest Brat Fest.
- The Wisconsin State Capitol dome is the second tallest in the country.
- According to the Prevention Magazine, 2013, Madison was ranked at no.8 for “Happiest Healthiest Cities in America”.
- Chris Farley was born in Madison.
- The city has highest number of gay couples than any other city in Midwest, except Minneapolis and Chicago.
- The city has more than half of the population under 30.
- Madison is one of two cities in the US that is constructed on an isthmus.
- The largest horse fair in American is held in Madison- Midwest Horse Fair.
- Madison is ranked no.2 in the field of education in the country according to Forbes Magazine.
- The daily newspaper is Wisconsin State Journal.