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:
- Dudgeon-Monroe (Homes)
- Wexford (Homes)
- Nakoma League (Homes)
- Stone Meadows (Homes)
- Westmorland (Homes)
- Maple-Prairie (Homes)
- High Point Estates (Homes)
- Vilas (Homes)
- Sunset Village (Homes)
- Hill Farms-University Neighborh (Homes)
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.
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How do you determine the top 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.
Median Income: $90,963
Median Home Value: $333,933
Median Income: $89,590
Median Home Value: $238,100
3. Nakoma League
Median Income: $96,729
Median Home Value: $309,533
4. Stone Meadows
Median Income: $82,411
Median Home Value: $238,000
Median Income: $77,837
Median Home Value: $247,300
Median Income: $72,721
Median Home Value: $225,000
7. High Point Estates
Median Income: $82,836
Median Home Value: $215,050
Median Income: $59,287
Median Home Value: $333,600
9. Sunset Village
Median Income: $80,212
Median Home Value: $284,450
10. Hill Farms-University Neighborh
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:
- Lake View Hill
- Eken Park
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Detailed List Of The Best Neighborhoods In Madison
|7||High Point Estates||1,059|
|10||Hill Farms-University Neighborh||3,006|
|19||Orchard Ridge Community||2,721|
|23||Midvale Heights Community||2,990|
|54||Lake View Hill||1,745|