Top 12 Small Cities In Wisconsin

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There are plenty of reasons to love the state of Wisconsin. Nicknamed “America’s Dairyland,” Wisconsin is known for its agriculture along with industries like manufacturing, paper products, information technology, healthcare and tourism.

Outdoor recreation is popular with hikers, skiers and snowmobilers, and water sports are plentiful thanks to Wisconsin being situated on two Great Lakes.

From quaint and artsy, from rustic to refined. The small towns of Wisconsin and countless routes that connect them are sure to delight at every turn.

These are the top 12 small cities in Wisconsin:

12. Madison

Who says cutting edge environment friendly technology is just for the big cities? Madison boasts a clean-running propane-powered taxi company. The company has run on propane since 1980, servicing the Madison area with their unique, green cars. The town also boasts some great urban bicycle routes. Think of it like San Francisco minus the hipsters, the massive population, and the tech community.

The population of Madison rests at around a quarter million, according to Google, so it’s definitely more of a small city than a town, however. If you do mind a slightly busier existence that you’ll find in some areas of Wisconsin, Madison puts you right in the heart of small city living, with access to the peace and quiet and the beautiful, green outdoorsiness of Wisconsin.

The leadership in Madison has always leaned towards greener pastures, with more progressives than conservatives on every ballot. The city also has plans for a streetcar and a light rail system. Locally-sourced restaurants are big in Madison, too, as they well should be, given that Wisconsin has some of the best farmlands in the entire world.

Madison is home to the Freedom from Religion Foundation, a group that focuses on influencing the government towards greater separation of church and state.

Stereotypically, we regard big cities and coastal states as being more progressive, with the South and the Midwest tending towards more conservative politics, but the environmentally-friendly initiatives in Madison, the progressive leadership and groups like FFRF all help to make Madison one of the more liberal cities in the country.

If you’re more politically neutral, moderate or even conservative, Madison might not be for you, but if you’re an environmentalist, or if your politics lean left and you’d like to reduce your carbon footprint, Madison, WI is a pretty easy place to live, with the city’s official website pointing to Mayor Soglin’s progressive record.