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Income/capita 11%
Household income 2%
Unemployment 25%
IndexMadisonWisconsinNational
Income per capita$33,215$29,253$29,829
Median household income$56,464$54,610$55,322
Median income owner occupied$87,974$69,544$70,586
Median income renter occupied$35,192$31,736$35,192
Median earnings male$31,584$37,342$36,919
Median earnings female$24,701$25,818$26,250
Unemployment rate3.5%3.7%4.7%
Poverty level18.6%12.7%15.1%

Key findings

  • The income per capita in Madison is 11% higher than the national average
  • The median household income in Madison is 2% higher than the national average
  • Male median earnings are 41% higher than female median earnings
  • The unemployment rate in Madison is 25% lower than the national average
  • The poverty level in Madison is 23% higher than the national average

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      am i middle class

      $Input your household income
      $37,638$56,464$112,928
      City
      $36,403$54,610$109,220
      State
      $36,877$55,322$110,644
      Nation
      According to the PEW research center, the middle class is defined as a range from two thirds (2/3) of the median household income to a multiple of two (2) times the median household income. Displayed above are the city, state and national median household income averages. Simply enter your median household income to determine if your income falls into the middle class or if your household income is considered upper or lower class.

      Madison median earnings by income bracket

      Madison employment by industry

      Labour TypeMaleFemale
      Construction industry3.8%0.7%
      Manufacturing sector9.8%0.5%
      Financial & insurance services5.2%5.7%
      Wholesale & retail services12.0%9.4%
      Public administration4.9%4.4%
      Transportation, warehousing & utilities3.1%1.2%
      Education, health & social services22.9%41.3%
      Other34.1%30.1%

      Nearby cities with high median household income

      City, StatePopulationHousehold IncomeNational Avg.
      Maple Bluff, WI1,452$133,438141%
      Shorewood Hills, WI1,996$123,889124%
      Waunakee, WI13,092$93,13268%
      Windsor, WI6,658$91,21665%
      Verona, WI12,113$89,96563%
      Madison, WI246,034$56,4642%

      Cities with similar population

      City, StatePopulationHousehold IncomeNational Avg.
      Norfolk, VA245,724$45,26818%
      Irvine, CA246,992$93,82370%
      Lubbock, TX244,507$45,49918%
      Chandler, AZ242,131$74,32934%
      Laredo, TX251,671$39,54829%
      Madison, WI246,034$56,4642%
      Source: The Madison, WI employment data displayed above is derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).