Moving to Madison: Why It's the Top City for Recent Grads

by Jiro Watanabe
Madison, Wisconsin — where's that? If you are a recent grad, it's time to find out. Rated the No. 1 city for young adults to live in, Madison boasts a great job market and social scene with everything in between that a new grad is searching for. With all the changes and choices that come after graduation, here are five reasons new grads should move to “Mad City.”

It's Growing

With a population of just under 600,000, Madison is a mid-size metropolis that is quickly growing. New grads are filing into the city making the rental market competitive, with the average rent of a one-bedroom flat hitting $849, according to Kiplinger. But with any growing city, the development means progress. The city offers metro bus passes and bike initiatives and is working on several major road constructions projects. With the changes coming about, you may opt out of bringing your car with you to Madison. But if commuting to work by bike isn't your thing, consider using to look into shipping your car to Madison.

Solid Job Market

With only a 4.9 percent unemployment rate, Madison is an attractive choice for new grads looking for work. According to the Manpower Employment Outlook Survey, MSA employers in Madison expect to hire steadily throughout the third quarter of this year. With the University of Wisconsin's campus front and center, there is an assortment of engineers, computer programmers and entrepreneurs occupying the mid-size, Midwestern city. The community fosters homegrown start-ups, and many new grads work in academia or for Epic Systems, a health care software developer.

Social Scene

Filled with educated, tech-savvy and motivated people, Madison is the place for recent grads to spend their days working hard and their nights relaxing at the brewpub down the block. As read on, young adults in Madison have the stamina to launch and manage start-ups, and the personality to enjoy a good time. Whether it is browsing the Dane County Farmers' Market, perusing the arts and culture museums, attending a Badgers football game or eating, drinking and enjoying live music at one of the many restaurants in town, the social scene in Madison is rich and plentiful.

Great Food

Filled with award winning restaurants, cafes, barbecue and burger joints, international cuisine hot spots and pubs, Madison offers great food for the recent grad who enjoys a good meal. With great lakeside views, cozy atmospheres and great prices, there is something for everyone in this mid-western city. Rated by the Madison Magazine as the best restaurant in town, The Old Fashioned introduces eaters to what makes the state famous, and that is much more than beers, brats and cheese.

Stuff to Do

While Madison offers a vast assortment of entertainment and attractions for those who love dining and drinking, sports, and arts and culture, it also boasts a great location for outdoor enjoyment. From ATV-ing, biking, hunting and fishing to camping, golfing, hiking and horse back riding, Madison has beautiful scenery and great natural attractions for those who want to spend their weekends venturing outdoors.

Posted by Steve Brady