Retire in Madison

Best Retirement City - Madison

See why many believe that Madison is the best city to retire

Home to the University of Wisconsin, picturesque Madison is the second largest city in the state. Having the university as the focal point of the city means that local residents enjoy a variety of restaurants, brewpubs, cafés, and bookstores, most of which are surprisingly affordable. For foodies, a trip to State Street Brats for a famous bratwurst, or a stop at one of the local bars for some fried cheese curds is an absolute must. One of the best parts about retiring in the Madison area is apparent on Wisconsin Badger game days, where the entire community descends on the stadium and the surrounding area. With direct access to Lake Mendota, those who enjoy being on the water (or a boat!) will find much to enjoy in the city. Madison is comprised of a variety of neighborhoods, with West Madison and Shorewood Hills to name a few. West Madison is known for its green space, as well as its proximity to shops, restaurants, and libraries. Shorewood Hills boasts a variety of Tudor homes, and is one of the most sought after communities in the area.

City Highlights

  1. Vibrant college atmosphere
  2. Lake access
  3. Restaurant options
  4. Close proximity to local airport

Potential Drawbacks

  1. Cold winters
  2. Lack of 65+ full time work

At a glance



Median age:


Median Household Income:

$ 53,933

Nearest City with Population of 200k+:

Milwaukee, WI

Population Growth Last 3 Years




Age Breakdown (%)

  • 55 and under
  • 55 to 64 years
  • 65 to 74 years
  • Over 75

Gender breakdown over 65 years (%)

  • Men
  • Women


Closest Airport:

Dane County Regional Airport

Distance to Closest Airport:


Closest Major Airport:

General Mitchell International Airport

Distance to Closest Major Airport:


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