Judge James Duane Doty traveled through Madison’s isthmus in 1829 and liked it so much that he bought most of the area. Madison’s first residents were German, Irish, and Norwegian immigrants. Italians, Greeks, Jews, and African Americans joined the vibrant city at the turn of the 20th century.
An integral part of Madison’s history is, of course, the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Founded when Wisconsin achieved statehood in 1848, it has since been at the center of the entire state’s political and intellectual life.
Madison Metropolitan School District has a solid rating on Niche: B+. The district’s student-to-teacher ratio is 12:1 and earns top grades in teachers, diversity, and college prep. It’s also a strong contender for sports, so if you have any little athletes in the family, the east side might be perfect.
Like many growing cities with a top-ranked college smack dab in the center, Madison has a very competitive real estate market. But, here’s a secret: you can find some fabulous three-bedroom, two-bathroom homes on the far east side in the Atwood neighborhood in the mid-$300K range.