In choosing a training program, where you live is also an important factor in your decision. Madison, the state's capital, offers a quality of life second to none. Frequently rated among the best places to live in the U.S, Madison has a strong economy, outstanding health care, and an extensive range of cultural and recreational activities. Home to approximately 200,000 people, Madison is situated on an isthmus between two large lakes—a setting which offers impressive beauty in a compact and vital metropolitan area.
Recently ranked as the greenest city in the nation, Madison's 150 parks offer hiking trails, beaches, tennis courts, playgrounds and a free zoo. Madisonians enjoy farmers markets, nearby state parks, ski hills, cross-country ski trails, a nationally ranked trout stream, and more bike trails than any other state in the nation. These qualities combine to make Madison a favorite locale for outdoor enthusiasts.
Cultural activities abound, from summer open-air concerts, to theater, opera, ballet, and nearby open-air Shakespeare. For those seeking an escape to a "big city," Milwaukee, Chicago and Minneapolis are within a few hours' drive.
Madison's public school system is among the best in the country, with more recipients of the Presidential Award of Excellence than any other city in the United States. Commutes are short, the cost of living reasonable, and the crime rate low.
This is the quality of life that makes Madison a nice place to visit—and an even better place to live.