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The state Capitol is reflected on windows of Park Bank in downtown Madison.

MIKE DeVRIES — The Capital Times

The quality of life is better in Madison than in every other large American city.

That's according to a study of the 100 largest U.S. cities by personal finance site NerdWallet.

And it's not the first time NerdWallet, using a combination of statistics, has put Madison atop or near the top of one of its lists.

In April, the site listed Madison as the greenest city in America, beating out Anchorage, Alaska, and Corpus Christi, Texas.

A month later, it put Madison fourth on the list of best cities to have a dog.

For the quality of life rankings, NerdWallet used a combination of metrics from the U.S. Census Bureau and Bureau of Labor Statistics to determine the levels of common sources of stress.

Those rankings fell into three categories: income, affordability and health benefits; local economy; and work-life balance.

Madison scored the highest, drawing this review from writer Sreekar Jasthi:

"If you're looking to improve your quality of life, consider moving to Madison. The city offers a great work-life balance, high affordability and health insurance coverage rates, and a low unemployment rate. At the center of the city lies the largest public university in the state, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, which focuses on 'improving the quality of life for all' in its mission statement."

Midwest cities took the top five spots, with a pair of Nebraska cities — Lincoln and Omaha — joining the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota.

Milwaukee is the only other Wisconsin location among the 100 largest U.S. cities, and it came in 36th.


Todd D. Milewski covers Wisconsin Badgers men's hockey and the UW Athletic Department for the Wisconsin State Journal.