THE 10 BEST Neighborhoods In Madison For 2020


We used science and data to determine which neighborhoods in Madison are the best of the best.

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the best neighborhoods to live in Madison.
Best Neighborhoods In Madison

Do you like your neighborhood?

Is it friendly, and where everyone knows their neighbors?

No matter if you live in the sticks or in an apartment building in downtown Madison, you have a little pocket that you can call home. And each neighborhood is different.

Smaller neighborhoods usually have obvious benefits -- less crime, a slower pace of life, and a lower cost of living. But not all Madison neighborhoods are created equal. Some are better than others. But which ones?

Instead of relying on public opinion and speculation, we wanted to get the facts straight and find out which neighborhoods in Madison are the best. If you're in one of the places we're about to highlight, odds are you know you've got it made. So, if you're thinking of moving to Wisconsin and Madison is on the top of your list, check out our best neighborhoods to live in.

So what's the best neighborhood to live in Madison for 2020? According to the most recent census data, Dudgeon-Monroe looks to be the best Madison neighborhood to live in.

Read on to see how we determined the places around Madison that deserve a little bragging rights or maybe you're interested in the worst neighborhoods in Madison.

Once you're done, you can look at the bottom of the story for a complete chart of every neighborhood we looked at from best to worst.

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The 10 Best Neighborhoods To Live In Madison

Population: 2,932
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $366,567 (Fifth best)
Median Income: $103,218 (Ninth best)
More on Dudgeon-Monroe: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 2,290
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 9)
Median Home Value: $259,200 (26th best)
Median Income: $84,087 (18th best)
More on Westmorland: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 6,315
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $436,460 (First best)
Median Income: $65,433 (50th best)
More on Regent: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 2,590
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $247,950 (34th best)
Median Income: $81,566 (21st best)
More on Wexford: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 1,526
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 2)
Median Home Value: $334,433 (Tenth best)
Median Income: $95,864 (14th best)
More on Nakoma League: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 594
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $334,500 (Eighth best)
Median Income: $119,911 (Second best)
More on Highlands Community: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 1,293
Rank Last Year: 46 (Up 39)
Median Home Value: $248,200 (32nd best)
Median Income: $101,711 (Tenth best)
More on Glacier Ridge: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 1,656
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $223,900 (45th best)
Median Income: $71,506 (36th best)
More on Maple-Prairie: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 748
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 2)
Median Home Value: $425,800 (Second best)
Median Income: $113,164 (Fourth best)
More on Hawk's Landing: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 183
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $334,500 (Eighth best)
Median Income: $119,911 (Second best)
More on Stonefield Woods-Ridge: Homes For Sale | Data

How We Determined The Best Madison, WI Neighborhoods In 2020

In order to rank the best neighborhoods in Madison, we had to determine what criteria defines a "best".

Using crime, census, and extrapolated BLS data, we arrived at the following set of criteria:

  • High incomes
  • Low unemployment rates
  • Low crime
  • High home prices
  • High population densities (A proxy for things to do)

We then ranked each neighborhood with scores from 1 to 102 in each category, where 1 was the best.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each neighborhood to create a best neighborhood index.

And finally, we crowned the neighborhood with the lowest best neighborhood index the "Best City Neighborhood In Madison." We're lookin' at you, Dudgeon-Monroe.

Read on below to learn more about what it's like to live in the best places Madison, Wisconsin has to offer. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the neighborhoods in the city from best to worst.

Putting A Bow On Our Analysis Of The Best Neighborhoods In Madison

If you're measuring the neighborhoods in Madison where crime is low and everyone wants to live, this is an accurate list.

As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Madison aren't all good. Vera Court takes the title of the worst neighborhood to live in Madison.

We ranked the neighborhoods from best to worst in the chart below.

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Detailed List Of The Best Neighborhoods To Live In Madison For 2020

Rank Neighborhood Population Home Value Median Income
1 Dudgeon-Monroe 2,932 $366,567 $103,218
2 Westmorland 2,290 $259,200 $84,087
3 Regent 6,315 $436,460 $65,433
4 Wexford 2,590 $247,950 $81,566
5 Nakoma League 1,526 $334,433 $95,864
6 Highlands Community 594 $334,500 $119,911
7 Glacier Ridge 1,293 $248,200 $101,711
8 Maple-Prairie 1,656 $223,900 $71,506
9 Hawk's Landing 748 $425,800 $113,164
10 Stonefield Woods-Ridge 183 $334,500 $119,911
11 Parkwood Hills 1,558 $287,600 $96,877
12 Hill Farms-University Neighborh 3,267 $274,000 $73,024
13 Country Grove 864 $248,200 $101,711
14 Vilas 2,646 $289,450 $62,260
15 Sunset Village 1,741 $283,975 $80,260
16 Woodland Hills 381 $334,500 $119,911
17 Walnut Grove 1,154 $286,300 $71,680
18 Schenk-Atwood-Starkweather-Yahar 5,496 $232,720 $59,647
19 Summit Woods 726 $259,000 $64,837
20 Orchard Ridge Community 2,526 $225,600 $67,383
21 Wisconsin Co-Op Housing 298 $276,800 $81,250
22 Sauk Creek 1,428 $275,150 $78,240
23 Marquette 6,993 $277,183 $59,736
24 Stone Meadows 1,014 $223,500 $107,112
25 Blackhawk 444 $375,100 $83,240
26 Radio Park 203 $298,900 $106,806
27 Sunset Hills 203 $298,900 $106,806
28 Schenk-Atwood 3,815 $232,720 $59,647
29 Westhaven Trails 1,224 $217,000 $98,384
30 Old Middleton Greenway 387 $304,750 $72,483
31 Mcclellan Park 2,193 $221,100 $75,385
32 Oakbridge Community 976 $245,300 $71,481
33 Heritage Heights 2,180 $198,267 $76,411
34 Bay Creek 2,467 $248,950 $57,574
35 Midvale Heights Community 2,926 $239,600 $84,269
36 University Apartments 852 $363,600 $39,087
37 Faircrest 1,115 $242,450 $72,780
38 Skyview Meadows 480 $205,500 $84,526
39 Reston Heights 1,174 $224,100 $77,901
40 Spring Harbor 1,884 $258,750 $70,634
41 Glen Oak Hills 706 $230,300 $90,721
42 North Lake Mendota 744 $233,700 $72,216
43 Elvehjem 3,609 $187,400 $79,550
44 Tenney-Lapham 4,740 $264,533 $51,115
45 Junction Ridge 691 $375,100 $83,240
46 Vanchamasshe 103 $298,900 $106,806
47 Arbor Hills 1,004 $256,650 $69,910
48 Tamarack Trails Community 404 $286,300 $71,680
49 Greenbush 2,955 $257,900 $39,294
50 High Point Estates 1,198 $241,950 $69,041
51 Meadowood 2,460 $195,880 $65,893
52 Indian Springs 381 $171,500 $55,556
53 Allied Community 4,480 $167,900 $37,268
54 Rolling Meadows 2,028 $179,700 $71,252
55 Sherman Village 2,275 $163,733 $58,090
56 Wexford Ridge 175 $267,600 $58,359
57 Ridgewood 2,609 $196,050 $59,423
58 Prairie Hills 2,660 $166,667 $60,294
59 Heistand 3,482 $181,150 $45,097
60 Greentree 2,033 $176,250 $65,565
61 Marbella 145 $208,100 $64,310
62 Dunn's Marsh 4,480 $167,900 $37,268
63 Highland Manor 410 $171,500 $55,556
64 Waunona 1,727 $186,900 $56,681
65 Lake Edge 2,267 $179,133 $51,310
66 Glendale 2,244 $179,233 $48,999
67 Eastmorland 2,469 $158,800 $62,229
68 Burr Oaks 3,954 $205,650 $38,660
69 Broadway-Lakepoint 797 $186,900 $56,681
70 Lerdahl Park 478 $219,750 $69,598
71 Mendota Hills 144 $205,800 $66,979
72 Bluff Acres 3,557 $163,850 $44,698
73 Sheridan Triangle 325 $171,200 $40,905
74 Lake View Hill 1,743 $156,600 $39,728
75 Cherokee Park 102 $188,700 $69,398
76 Emerson East 1,535 $175,350 $43,317
77 Capitol 26,162 $107,322 $26,626
78 Westchester Gardens 987 $191,500 $71,042
79 High Crossing 426 $171,100 $70,167
80 East Buckeye 511 $216,200 $75,607
81 Sherman 2,712 $154,267 $45,648
82 Whitetail Ridge 456 $175,600 $32,070
83 Sherman Terrace 230 $96,300 $33,200
84 Leopold 2,263 $98,400 $27,788
85 Moorland-Rimrock 2,073 $169,900 $43,382
86 Brentwood Village 889 $171,200 $40,905
87 Berkley Oaks 778 $175,600 $32,070
88 Eken Park 1,841 $158,300 $41,852
89 Bayview 118 $209,300 $26,429
90 Burke Heights 493 $189,800 $37,026
91 Brittingham Apartments 66 $209,300 $26,429
92 Bram's Addition 1,081 $59,600 $28,102
93 Clarendon Hills 177 $167,600 $37,176
94 Nobel Park 580 $149,000 $30,769
95 Carpenter-Ridgeway 1,286 $159,250 $38,199
96 Norman Acres 356 $167,600 $37,176
97 Hawthorne 1,120 $152,250 $34,401
98 Worthington Park 712 $145,700 $29,219
99 Park Ridge 327 $105,100 $40,880
100 Mayfair Park 1,079 $169,950 $37,174
101 East Bluff 98 $164,200 $48,688
102 Vera Court 129 $149,000 $30,769

About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

You can find out more about him on LinkedIn or his website.

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