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Cost of Living

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Our cost of living indices are based on a US average of 100. An amount below 100 means Madison, Wisconsin is cheaper than the US average. A cost of living index above 100 means Madison, Wisconsin is more expensive.

Madison, Wisconsin cost of living is 109.60.

Housing is the biggest factor in the cost of living difference.
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  COST OF LIVINGMadison, WisconsinUnited States
  Overall  110100
  Grocery  100.9100
  Health  122100
  Housing  116100
  Utilities  105100
  Transportation  106100
  Miscellaneous  106100

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Difficult Move From Blue State

Since they passed Act 10 in 2007 they have done away with collective bargaining and many protective measurers for workers have been eliminated, like reductions of... (Read More)



Very quickly becoming unaffordable.

I call it the most conservative liberal city in the US. After living here 35+ years I've seen the best and worst. There has been a boom in Dane County recently with much... (Read More)



Pretty mid-sized metro area with pros and cons

This city would be on my short list if the winters weren't so long and... (Read More)



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