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Named for James Madison, 4th President of the United States, Madison is the capital of Wisconsin. It is also the home of the University of Wisconsin and a true college town. Through the university there are numerous cultural offerings and including plays and art exhibitions. The University of Wisconsin is part of the NCCAA Division I Big Ten Conference and tickets for football games are always a hot commodity. The 40,000 college students give Madison a youthful vibe that is balanced by a growing number of retirees. In 2015, the city was number one on the Milken Institute's Best Cities for Successful Aging list in the large metropolitan area category.



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Located approximately 80 west of Milwaukee and 150 miles northwest of Chicago, Madison, Wisconsin, has something for every homebuyer. There are new houses in planned communities as well as ones in more traditional city neighborhoods. Other options include townhomes and condos. Three of the city's most popular neighborhoods are Capitol Hill, Orchard Ridge and Shorewood Hills. Madison's nickname is the "City of Four Lakes" and numerous homes have views of the water or are situated in close proximity to it.
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