About Madison, Wisconsin

The City of Madison is located in Dane County in the southwest part of Wisconsin between lakes Mendota and Monona. In addition to being home of the Wisconsin State Capitol it is also home to the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

University Of Wisconsin-Madison

University of Wisconsin-Madison is the oldest university in the state, founded in 1848. With nearly 30,000 students, it is also the largest university in the state university system. A prominent public research university, University of Wisconsin-Madison is one of the largest

The Wisconsin Badgers

Wisconsin takes its sports seriously and the athletics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison are no exception. The university boasts a renowned athletics department.

Part of the Big Ten Conference, the Wisconsin Badger football team has participated in 28 bowl games. Football fans enjoy games at Camp Randall Stadium.

Their Badger basketball team has participated in the NCAA Tournament for 18 years, appearing in the final four three times. Badger basketball fans cheer for their team at Kohl Center.

Integral to the University's athletics program is the school mascot, Bucky the Badger. Adored throughout Wisconsin, Bucky's image has become synonymous with great sports moments.

The badger became the university's mascot in the 1890s when a live badger was introduced at football games. The iconic Bucky mascot was created in 1940.

Mendota And Monona Lakes

Lake Mendota and Lake Monona are two lakes that surround the isthmus where Madison is built. Both lakes host a number of recreational activities, including sailing, kayaking, wake-boarding, wind-surfing, fishing, skiing and more.

Employers In The Madison region

Madison and the communities surrounding it are supported by a diverse economic base. In addition to the University of Wisconsin-Madison, major employers include:

  • Epic Systems Corp
  • Sub-Zero
  • American Family Insurance
  • WPS Health Insurance
  • Lands' End
  • John Deere & Co
  • Quad Graphics Inc.
  • Colony Brands, Inc.
  • Monroe Clinic

The region is also supported by numerous smaller employers in the information technology, manufacturing, agriculture, life sciences and health care industries.

Local Attractions

Madison boasts many local attractions, including the Henry Vilas Zoo, which is located on the northeast side of Lake Wingra near Lake Monona. Bordering the zoo and surrounding Lake Wingra visitors will find the University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum. The arboretum has more than 1,200 acres tallgrass prairie, wetlands and forests to explore. The Olbrich Botanical Gardens, on the north side of Lake Monona, has 16 acres of gardens to explore, as well as the Bolz Conservatory.

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