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Welcome to Madison ...

The city of Madison is located in Dane County<1>. It is the County Seat and the capital of Wisconsin.

When the people of Madison refer to themselves (known as a demonym), they frequently use Madisonian<2>

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Madison has a population of 259,680 people<3> (see below for details).

We don't have a date for the establishment of Madison.

Madison is 900 feet [274 m] above sea level.<4>.

Time Zone: Madison lies in the Central Time Zone (CST/CDT) and observes daylight saving time

Madison is located in the (608) area code.

The ZIP codes for Madison: 53562, 53593, 53701-53708, 53711, 53713-53719, 53725-53726, 53744, 53774, 53777-53779, 53782-53786, 53788-53794<5>

Websites for Madison ...

Chamber of Commerce:   www.greatermadisonchamber.com/

Junior League:   www.juniorleagueofmadison.org/

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Madison had an population of 259,680 people. This is an increase of 11.35% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 24.81% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Madison had a population of 233,209 people (which is 47.78% of the total population of Dane County). This makes Madison the county's most populous community.

The population of Madison represents 4.1% of the population of Wisconsin (which has 5,686,986 people), making it the state's 2nd most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 233,209 people, the population of Madison increased 12.09% from the 2000 Census (which had a count of 208,054 people).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Madison.

Adding Madison to Our Gazetteer ...

As we work on our Gazetteer, we occasionally find mention of a community that is new to us. When we find such a community, we add it to our Gazetteer with the hope of adding more information in the future.

We originally found mention of Madison in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

In addition, we also found mention of Madison elsewhere: The earliest book where we found it mentioned was in the Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895).

For more details about the above, see References and Mentions for Madison on our Genealogy Page.

Communities Also Named Madison ...

Using our Gazetteer, we have found that there are 41 communities that are also named Madison - they are located in Alabama (3), Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas (3), Maine, Maryland, Michigan (3), Minnesota (2), Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio (3), Pennsylvania, Saskatchewan, South Carolina (2), South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia (2) and West Virginia.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Madison.

Communities near Madison ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Madison.

  • Sun Prairie [Dane County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Sun Prairie
    • Sun Prairie [Dane County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<6> to the northeast of Madison
    • Estimated population in 2019: 34,661 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Sun Prairie have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sun Prairie
  • Waunakee [Dane County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Waunakee
    • Waunakee [Dane County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<6> to the north of Madison
    • Estimated population in 2019: 14,052 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Waunakee have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Waunakee
  • Verona [Dane County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Verona
    • Verona [Dane County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<6> to the southwest of Madison
    • Estimated population in 2019: 13,233 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Verona have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Verona
  • Stoughton [Dane County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Stoughton
    • Stoughton [Dane County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<6> to the southeast of Madison
    • Estimated population in 2019: 13,114 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Stoughton have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Stoughton
  • Continue List   (6 more) ...
    • DeForest [Dane County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for DeForest
      • DeForest [Dane County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<6> to the north of Madison
      • Estimated population in 2019: 10,691 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on DeForest
    • Oregon [Dane County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Oregon
      • Oregon [Dane County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<6> to the south of Madison
      • Estimated population in 2019: 10,571 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Oregon have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Oregon
    • McFarland [Dane County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for McFarland
      • McFarland [Dane County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<6> to the southeast of Madison
      • Estimated population in 2019: 9,031 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for McFarland have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on McFarland
    • Windsor [Dane County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Windsor
      • Windsor [Dane County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<6> to the north of Madison
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Windsor
    • Mount Horeb [Dane County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Mount Horeb
      • Mount Horeb [Dane County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<6> to the west of Madison
      • Estimated population in 2019: 7,534 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Mount Horeb have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mount Horeb
    • Cottage Grove [Dane County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cottage Grove
      • Cottage Grove [Dane County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<6> to the east of Madison
      • Estimated population in 2019: 7,143 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Cottage Grove have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cottage Grove

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Madison. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Madison.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Madison. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Madison.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Madison. Our list includes 131 papers. See our Newspapers Page for Madison.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Communities in Wisconsin

About Dane County

About Wisconsin

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Madison. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for Dane County: www.co.dane.wi.us/

The official website for State of Wisconsin: https://www.wisconsin.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of Wisconsin's counties, including Dane, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>A demonym is the name for a resident of a community which is usually derived from (or is related to) the name of that community. In other words, it's how the residents of Madison refer to themselves. It's important to note that there aren't any rules for taking a city's name and turning it into a demonym. A demonym is informal and while the majority of Madison may use one name, keep in mind that others may use something different.
<3>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Madison.
<4>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Madison - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<5>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a city (such as Madison). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Madison or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).

Our list of ZIP Codes for Madison includes: 53562, 53593, 53701, 53702, 53703, 53704, 53705, 53706, 53707, 53711, 53713, 53714, 53715, 53716, 53717, 53718, 53725, 53744, 53774, 53777, 53778, 53782, 53783, 53784, 53785, 53788, 53789, 53790, 53791, 53792, 53793 & 53794.
<6>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Madison) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Madison. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Madison

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Madison. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 43.0733, Longitude: -89.4007    
<7>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.






















 

 

 

 

 


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