Madison 89 Exceptional
Madison Livability #1 ranked city in Alabama#225 ranked city in the USARanks better than 99% of areas

Livability Awards

A- Madison Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
C- Madison Cost of Living Cost of living is 15% higher than Alabama
1022% more expensive than the US average
8812% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Madison cost of living
A Madison Crime Total crime is 57% lower than Alabama
Total crime
1,11952% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 9052% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-19%Year over year crime is down
Madison crime
B Madison Employment Household income is 113% higher than Alabama
Median household income
$95,42372% higher than the US average
Income per capita
$42,48742% higher than the US average
Unemployment rate
4%25% lower than the US average
Madison employment
A- Madison Housing Home value is 82% higher than Alabama
Median home value
$233,60026% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$8649% lower than the US average
Home ownership
70%11% higher than the US average
Madison real estate or Madison rentals
A Madison Schools HS graduation rate is 19% higher than Alabama
High school grad. rates
95%14% higher than the US average
School test scores
n/a100% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
16:12% higher than the US average
Madison K-12 schools
A+ Madison User Ratings There are a total of 20 ratings in Madison
Overall user rating
85% 20 total ratings
User reviews rating
75% 2 total reviews
User surveys rating
87% 18 total surveys
all Madison poll results

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      Living in Madison, AL

      Located in the state of Alabama, Madison is a medium-sized city with a population of 46,396 people. At 75%, the majority of the Madison population is White; this is followed by 14% Black and 6% Asian. If you are looking for a family friendly city, Madison might be a good fit as 83% of the population over 15 years old are married, and 54% have kids who are 18 years old or younger.

      If you’re considering relocating to any new city, it could be a very intimidating task. However, it could also be a fulfilling experience if you are willing to get to know the city before actually living in Madison, Alabama. With useful information like crime, cost of living, employment and other key data points, finding the best places to live in Madison and in the areas around Madison is a much easier task.

      With a livability score of 82/100, Madison is ranked #1,038 in the United States and #6 in Alabama. Based on this score, Madison would be considered a very livable city! The cherry on top is that Madison also ranks in the top 10 percent of all cities. For each of the livability categories, we can establish that Madison ranks very well for amenities (A-), weather (B-), education (A+), employment (B) and housing (A-). The bad news for Madison, there are some categories for which it does not rank well, this includes: cost of living (D).

      Conveniently located amenities and interesting attractions are a great way to continuously enjoy Madison on a regular basis. Knowing that there are an abundance of amenities and things to do can ensure that you always have access to nearby grocery stores, restaurants and coffee shops. Some of the interesting things to do and attractions include: Madison Public Library, Dublin Memorial Park, and Madison City Farmers Market.

      The average school test scores in Madison are 70%. This far exceeds the national average and ensures that this educational system will provide your children with the skills and the tools they need to thrive.

      For buyers, real estate will be the largest purchase they ever make and it will also be their most valuable asset. For renters, the monthly rent paid on their Madison apartments will most likely be their largest expense. Based on tangible metrics like home and rental affordability and appreciation rates, housing in this area has received a score that is well above the average of every other US city.

      Assuming that Madison meets all of your requirements, the next most important item to examine is the affordability of real estate in Madison. Everything else becomes a lot less important if it turns out that home prices in Madison are simply unattainable. Median real estate prices in Madison come in at $233,600, which is 81.8% higher than the Alabama average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Madison, the home price to income ratio is 2.5, which is 13.8% lower than the Alabama average.

      Madison transportation information

      Average one way commute19min25min26min
      Workers who drive to work91.8%85.7%76.4%
      Workers who carpool4.5%8.8%9.3%
      Workers who take public transit0.1%0.4%5.1%
      Workers who bicycle0.1%0.1%0.6%
      Workers who walk0.2%1.1%2.8%
      Working from home2.2%2.9%4.6%

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      Monthly costs include: fuel, maintenance, tires, insurance, license fees, taxes, depreciation, and financing.
      Source: The Madison, AL data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).