Idyllic lakes, delicious dairy products and stellar schools are just a few of Madison’s attractions. Wisconsin’s capital is the second largest city in Wisconsin and the 84th largest in the country. Madison has a vibrant demographic and a reputation for being one of the greenest cities in the United States. If you’re thinking about making the move to Madison, there are four things you should know before calling a moving company.
Delicious Dairy Products
In Wisconsin, cheese is king. Local cheese artisans pride themselves on everything from string cheese to chocolate cheese, “sqeaky” cheese, spicy cheese bread.. You get the picture. Get your cheese fix at Fromagination or the Dane County Farmers Market. Looking for a place to dine out? The Merchant’s “Fried Local Cheese Curds” are Madison-famous and The Old Fashion will not only quench your thirst for local dairy, it will also give you a sense of what traditional Wisconsin food is all about. If you get the chance to try Sassy Cow’s ice cream or Raspberry Milk, you won’t regret it. (Did I mention that we love cheese here?)
The University of Wisconsin-Madison is the oldest and largest university in the state. With over 20 individual schools, the university educates more than 37,000 students each year. This land-grant institution is a tier-one research university, and its students are known for their involvement in politics and other social causes. If you’re not looking for education, you might consider looking for a job at UW. The university is one of the top two employers in Wisconsin, and areas near UW tend to have lower rates of unemployment.
Lean and Green Culture
Madison is known for being one of the greenest cities (as well as one of the fittest cities) in the United States. The city has the most parks, playgrounds and beaches per capita as well as a high percentage of citizens who use alternative modes of transportation. In addition, Madison also has more than 15,000 acres of lakes and 200 miles of hiking and biking trails.
While Wisconsinites are great at making the best of every season, our winters can be chilly; it's not uncommon to see multiple days of sub zero temperatures. Luckily, we’ve got 3 downhill ski areas within a 25-45 minute drive, plenty of cross country ski trails as well as snowshoeing areas, sledding hills, snowkiting spots & ice rinks. You’re sure to find beauty in a Wisconsin winter, just be sure to add warm winter clothes to your moving checklist.
Lots of Lakes
Madison is also known as The City of Four Lakes. Lake Mendota is the largest & most famous. Lake Monona, Lake Kegonsa, and Lake Waubesa make up the other three lakes along the Yahara River. Lake Wingra, on Madison’s near west side, borders the Arboretum, Henry Vilas Zoo & the popular Dudgeon Monroe neighborhood. During the summer, you can boat, canoe, camp, kayak, fish, and picnic in and around the lakes. During the winter, the lakes freeze over and open up a slew of new entertainment options.