Downtown Madison



Surrounding the state capitol and expanding to the northeast is Madison’s downtown. Residents shop, eat, and play on State Street while taking in the breathtaking views of Lake Mendota and reclining in the grass of the grand white granite capitol building.

About the area

State Street, downtown’s main east-west thoroughfare, bridges the UW-campus area and the east side via a path of gourmet restaurants, theatres, museums, and trendy shops. Rising 284 feet, the capitol stands as Madison’s most memorable building. To the northeast of the capitol is one of Madison’s most historic areas, with abundant Gothic Revival, Italianate, and Victorian architecture.


  • City population (2014 census): 245,691
  • Median resident age: 31.3 years
  • Estimated median household income in 2013: $49,546
  • Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $209,700


  • Stroll down State Street for a bite or something new at bars, restaurants, and shops
  • See a show at the magnificent Overture Center for the Arts, which houses seven performing spaces and ten resident companies
  • Grab the freshest flowers and food at the Dane County Farmers’ Market on the Capitol Square — it’s the largest producer-only Farmers Market in the country
  • Do a little yoga or get inspired about a new cause at Madison’s Frank Lloyd Wright-designed convention hall, Monona Terrace
  • Take a page out of history on a tour of the State Capitol (or, if it’s nice out, just recline in the grass on the square!)

District Schools


  • Franklin Elementary School
  • Lapham Elementary School

Middle School

  • Hamilton Middle School
  • O'keeffe Middle School

High School

  • West High School
  • East High School