These Are The 10 Best Neighborhoods In Madison For 2018


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

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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.

Here are the best neighborhoods in Madison for 2018:

  1. Dudgeon-Monroe
  2. Wexford
  3. Nakoma League
  4. Stone Meadows
  5. Westmorland
  6. Maple-Prairie
  7. High Point Estates
  8. Vilas
  9. Sunset Village
  10. Hill Farms-University Neighborh

Read on to see how we determined the places around Madison that deserve a little bragging rights.

Or, if you’re thinking of moving to elsewhere in Wisconsin check out the best places in Wisconsin overall or the worst neighborhoods in Madison.

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How do you determine the best neighborhoods in Madison for 2018?

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 limited the analysis to neighborhoods with over 1,000 people.

We then ranked each neighborhood with scores from 1 to 54 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 has to offer. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the neighborhoods in the city from best to worst.

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1. Dudgeon-Monroe

Population: 2,562
Median Income: $90,963
Median Home Value: $333,933

2. Wexford

Population: 2,577
Median Income: $89,590
Median Home Value: $238,100

3. Nakoma League

Population: 1,442
Median Income: $96,729
Median Home Value: $309,533

4. Stone Meadows

Population: 1,017
Median Income: $82,411
Median Home Value: $238,000

5. Westmorland

Population: 2,307
Median Income: $77,837
Median Home Value: $247,300

6. Maple-Prairie

Population: 1,624
Median Income: $72,721
Median Home Value: $225,000

7. High Point Estates

Population: 1,059
Median Income: $82,836
Median Home Value: $215,050

8. Vilas

Population: 2,008
Median Income: $59,287
Median Home Value: $333,600

9. Sunset Village

Population: 1,672
Median Income: $80,212
Median Home Value: $284,450

10. Hill Farms-University Neighborh

Population: 3,006
Median Income: $70,715
Median Home Value: $259,500

Putting A Bow On Our Analysis Of Madison

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

If you’re curious, here are the worst places in Madison:

  1. Lake View Hill
  2. Hawthorne
  3. Eken Park

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Detailed List Of The Best Neighborhoods In Madison

Neighborhood Rank Population Home Prices Crimes Per 100k Unemployment Rate
Dudgeon-Monroe 1 2,562 $333,933 1,232 0.9%
Wexford 2 2,577 $238,100 1,232 1.9%
Nakoma League 3 1,442 $309,533 1,232 0.7%
Stone Meadows 4 1,017 $238,000 2,183 0.0%
Westmorland 5 2,307 $247,300 1,977 3.1%
Maple-Prairie 6 1,624 $225,000 2,125 0.7%
High Point Estates 7 1,059 $215,050 1,973 4.2%
Vilas 8 2,008 $333,600 1,341 3.7%
Sunset Village 9 1,672 $284,450 1,267 2.7%
Hill Farms-University Neighborh 10 3,006 $259,500 1,684 2.5%
Marquette 11 6,637 $263,033 1,764 3.9%
Regent 12 6,841 $421,880 1,232 1.5%
Parkwood Hills 13 1,527 $298,700 1,232 4.4%
Arbor Hills 14 1,011 $248,000 1,550 3.1%
Sauk Creek 15 1,222 $231,650 1,560 2.6%
Tenney-Lapham 16 4,443 $250,833 1,985 4.5%
Waunona 17 1,845 $195,650 2,591 10.9%
Faircrest 18 1,142 $252,800 1,700 4.0%
Orchard Ridge Community 19 2,721 $223,000 2,435 2.9%
Schenk-Atwood-Starkweather-Yahar 20 5,739 $214,380 2,368 4.4%
Mcclellan Park 21 1,811 $218,200 2,355 1.9%
Spring Harbor 22 1,859 $234,200 1,900 3.9%
Midvale Heights Community 23 2,990 $232,833 2,065 5.1%
Westhaven Trails 24 1,133 $207,300 2,574 1.6%
Bay Creek 25 2,373 $213,350 2,681 2.8%
Elvehjem 26 3,699 $195,567 2,648 3.7%
Heritage Heights 27 2,042 $190,700 2,626 3.1%
Schenk-Atwood 28 3,984 $214,380 2,368 4.4%
Greenbush 29 2,861 $257,400 2,874 4.4%
Walnut Grove 30 1,183 $260,750 1,788 4.0%
Glacier Ridge 31 1,322 $238,900 1,915 9.4%
Meadowood 32 2,317 $199,640 2,776 3.3%
Heistand 33 3,275 $185,200 3,333 3.1%
Rolling Meadows 34 2,070 $181,050 3,009 3.6%
Prairie Hills 35 2,600 $175,000 3,127 4.6%
Greentree 36 1,963 $179,300 3,201 6.6%
Glendale 37 2,216 $182,367 3,064 3.4%
Burr Oaks 38 3,885 $208,800 3,548 6.2%
Emerson East 39 1,615 $173,350 3,383 3.1%
Moorland-Rimrock 40 2,163 $174,850 3,399 5.6%
Bluff Acres 41 3,386 $179,100 3,275 6.0%
Sherman Village 42 2,371 $164,667 3,289 5.5%
Ridgewood 43 2,641 $200,650 2,807 5.9%
Mayfair Park 44 1,004 $167,900 3,413 8.0%
Dunn’S Marsh 45 3,797 $159,350 3,772 6.7%
Allied Community 46 3,797 $159,350 3,772 6.7%
Eastmorland 47 2,626 $157,267 3,245 6.0%
Lake Edge 48 2,204 $177,000 3,091 6.7%
Leopold 49 2,408 $114,400 4,284 5.3%
Capitol 50 24,798 $94,289 4,336 3.7%
Sherman 51 2,413 $146,767 3,656 7.0%
Eken Park 52 2,133 $144,850 3,670 9.5%
Hawthorne 53 1,028 $152,950 3,685 5.6%
Lake View Hill 54 1,745 $153,350 3,789 8.0%

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