2011 Best Cities for Families
The top places to live, based on the quality of schools, affordable homes, low crime rates, jobs, and parkland. Plus, see the complete list of Best Cities!
6. Madison, WI
There's no shortage of affordable fun in Madison, which ranked third on our list last year. Madison gets the “green” light for loads of bike trails, lakes, food co-ops, and farmers markets, including Dane County Farmers' Market at Capitol Square, held Saturdays at the foot of the statehouse.
Hugging the banks of Lake Mendota, the University of Wisconsin campus provides museums, art, and theater. Kids also dig the landmark Cave of the Mounds, full of fossils and gems.