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Add and BBC Travel as the two latest organizations appreciating the City of Madison. researches and develops monthly top 10 lists of small to mid-sized cities along with an annual ranking of Livable Cities. Madison is ranked #5 on their just released list of 100 Best Places to Live.

"Interestingly," said Mayor Paul Soglin, "we were initially ranked 79th but an AASPIRE Intern in our City Planning Department took a closer look at the numbers and realized Livability made a mistake. We contacted them with questions and it turns out they had erroneously substituted some of our scores with those from Madison Heights, Michigan. Number five is great, but of course, we are still shooting for number one."

BBC Travel also just released Top Five College Towns. This list is international in scope, and Madison is the only American city on the list, which included Cambridge, England; Valparaiso, Chile; Uppsala, Sweden; and Kingston, Ontario.

The BBC story referred to Madison as "…one of the loveliest college towns in the US Midwest. It is also one of the healthiest, with pedestrianised streets, miles of dedicated bike lanes, four lakes and numerous parks."



  • Katie Crawley, 608-266-4611