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Five Best Places to Live in Dane County

By Tiffany Raiford

Wisconsin's Dane County is located in the southern part of the state, home to several lovely communities perfect for raising a family and living the type of life you've always wanted. Whether you're moving into the area for work, family or to be close to great school districts, you will find that Dane County's many cities are an excellent choice.


Middleton is a Dane County city that has made national news. In 2007, CNN and Money magazine named the city as the best place to live in the country. The city is a northern suburb of the state capital, Madison. Residents who live here enjoy the diverse housing options and employment options. Many families choose to commute into Madison for work, though there are several major employers in the Middleton area. The homes are widespread, on a lot of land and encompass many lovely neighborhoods. The school district is exceptional and there is plenty to offer in terms of recreational activities, upscale restaurants and shopping and entertainment.


Verona is nowhere near being a large city, but its proximity to Madison makes that acceptable. Only 10 miles from downtown, the residents of Verona enjoy the quiet lifestyle of a small community with easy access to a bigger city lifestyle right in their own backyards. The homes in Verona are family homes. More than half the population consists of couples who are looking to start a family and nearly half the population has small children at home. With a number of parks, locally-owned restaurants and shops and plenty of kids playing in front yards, it's a great place to raise a family.


Madison is a city you have to include when talking about the best cities in which to live in Wisconsin. It's the capital of the state and home to many amenities for singles, couples and families. With a wide range of neighborhoods that allow you to choose from custom-built homes, historical homes, smaller homes and homes that sit on large parcels of land, you'll find something for everyone. Home to a stellar school district, many diverse restaurants, boutiques, shopping centers and entertainment venues, there's something for everyone's varying tastes in Madison.


Fitchburg is one of the favored suburbs of Madison. This city isn't really considered large, but it's also not considered small. It gives you the feeling of living in a small town with the perks of living in the city. You'll find diverse cultures, neighborhoods, shops and restaurants. There are parks, recreational facilities and plenty of places to workout, meet with friends and check out the sights. It's a great location for small families, couples and singles looking to live outside the big city without being too far to commute to work.


If you're a couple without kids looking for an economically important neighborhood, you're going to love Stoughton. It's a city that feels like a small town, with plenty to do to keep you entertained and not many households with children. The vast majority of residents here are married couples, a few singles and less than a quarter of the population consists of families with children. This makes the city a little more catered to those who are looking to have a good time. There's something for everyone.

The best part about living in Dane County is the proximity to Madison. Even if you choose to live in a smaller suburb without many resources to offer, you'll find that you're so close to Madison that it doesn't matter. Whether you prefer the small town feeling of shopping in locally owned stores and restaurants or a more upscale type of location, Dane County has what you're looking for.

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