Madison ranks 1st among state capitals

According to a new study by SmartAsset, Madison placed first among state capitals to live in. The study analyzed 10 metrics, including employment, education, affordability, and livability. Madison ranks first in the livability category, with the fifth-shortest average workweek (36.7 hours) and the 10th-lowest property crime (2,474 incidents per 100,000 residents). Madison also placed fourth in the employment and education category, ranking ninth-best for both low unemployment in June 2021 (3.5%) and a strong high school graduation rate (88.64%).