The 10 Best Madison, WI Neighborhoods To Live In For 2019


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 2019. This is our fifth 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.

Here are the best neighborhoods in Madison for 2019:

  1. Dudgeon-Monroe (Homes)
  2. Westmorland (Homes)
  3. Regent (Homes)
  4. Wexford (Homes)
  5. Nakoma League (Homes)
  6. Highlands Community (Homes)
  7. Glacier Ridge (Homes)
  8. Maple-Prairie (Homes)
  9. Hawk’s Landing (Homes)
  10. Stonefield Woods-Ridge (Homes)

So what’s the best neighborhood to live in Madison for 2019? 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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How we determined the best Madison hoods in 2019

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.

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 2,932
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 3)
Median Home Value: $366,567 (5th best)
Median Income: $103,218 (9th best)
More on Dudgeon-Monroe: Homes For Sale | Data

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 2,290
Rank Last Year: 19 (Up 17)
Median Home Value: $259,200 (26th best)
Median Income: $84,087 (18th best)
More on Westmorland: Homes For Sale | Data

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 6,315
Rank Last Year: 20 (Up 17)
Median Home Value: $436,460 (1st best)
Median Income: $65,433 (50th best)
More on Regent: Homes For Sale | Data

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 2,590
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 7)
Median Home Value: $247,950 (34th best)
Median Income: $81,566 (21st best)
More on Wexford: Homes For Sale | Data

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 1,526
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 3)
Median Home Value: $334,433 (10th best)
Median Income: $95,864 (14th best)
More on Nakoma League: Homes For Sale | Data

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 594
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 5)
Median Home Value: $334,500 (8th best)
Median Income: $119,911 (2nd best)
More on Highlands Community: Homes For Sale | Data

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 1,293
Rank Last Year: 56 (Up 49)
Median Home Value: $248,200 (32nd best)
Median Income: $101,711 (10th best)
More on Glacier Ridge: Homes For Sale | Data

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 1,656
Rank Last Year: 16 (Up 8)
Median Home Value: $223,900 (45th best)
Median Income: $71,506 (36th best)
More on Maple-Prairie: Homes For Sale | Data

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 748
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 4)
Median Home Value: $425,800 (2nd best)
Median Income: $113,164 (4th best)
More on Hawk’s Landing: Homes For Sale | Data

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 183
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 3)
Median Home Value: $334,500 (8th best)
Median Income: $119,911 (2nd best)
More on Stonefield Woods-Ridge: Homes For Sale | Data

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 2019

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 Stone Meadows 1,014 $223,500 $107,112
13 Hill Farms-University Neighborh 3,267 $274,000 $73,024
14 Country Grove 864 $248,200 $101,711
15 Vilas 2,646 $289,450 $62,260
16 Sunset Village 1,741 $283,975 $80,260
17 Woodland Hills 381 $334,500 $119,911
18 Walnut Grove 1,154 $286,300 $71,680
19 Schenk-Atwood-Starkweather-Yahar 5,496 $232,720 $59,647
20 Summit Woods 726 $259,000 $64,837
21 Orchard Ridge Community 2,526 $225,600 $67,383
22 Sauk Creek 1,428 $275,150 $78,240
23 Wisconsin Co-Op Housing 298 $276,800 $81,250
24 Marquette 6,993 $277,183 $59,736
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 Midvale Heights Community 2,926 $239,600 $84,269
34 Heritage Heights 2,180 $198,267 $76,411
35 Bay Creek 2,467 $248,950 $57,574
36 Glen Oak Hills 706 $230,300 $90,721
37 University Apartments 852 $363,600 $39,087
38 Faircrest 1,115 $242,450 $72,780
39 Skyview Meadows 480 $205,500 $84,526
40 Reston Heights 1,174 $224,100 $77,901
41 Spring Harbor 1,884 $258,750 $70,634
42 Elvehjem 3,609 $187,400 $79,550
43 North Lake Mendota 744 $233,700 $72,216
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 Sherman Village 2,275 $163,733 $58,090
55 Rolling Meadows 2,028 $179,700 $71,252
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 Waunona 1,727 $186,900 $56,681
64 Highland Manor 410 $171,500 $55,556
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 Brentwood Village 889 $171,200 $40,905
86 Berkley Oaks 778 $175,600 $32,070
87 Moorland-Rimrock 2,073 $169,900 $43,382
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 Clarendon Hills 177 $167,600 $37,176
93 Bram’s Addition 1,081 $59,600 $28,102
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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