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Middleton was voted America’s Best Place to Live in 2007 and also one of the Greatest cities to do Business! Welcome to the City of Middleton. Approximately 25 percent of the land within the city limits is open space (including 22 parks and 25 conservancy areas encompassing 1,100 acres. The quality of life in Middleton has encouraged all to see this city as “The Good Neighbor City”. Middleton was nationally recognized in 2005 in Money Magazine as the 7th of the “100 Best Places to Live in the U.S.A. Not only is Middleton considered well rounded in regards to a wonderful city to live, work, play or just visit but it also is a city that welcomes you with open arms. Middleton offers vibrant urban living on the west side of Madison while maintaining the great attributes of a dynamic larger city. For the past eight years Middleton has been honored by Money Magazine and CNN as one of the top ten small cities (under 50,000 population) to live in the United States.


Are you new to the Middleton area, or are you considering moving to the west side of Madison?

Here is some interesting information in and around the Middleton area that you may want to check out if you haven’t done so already:

What does Middleton Have to Offer?

The Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District, its high level of academic and co-curricular achievements, prominent athletic programs, outstanding staff, and quality facilities such as the community’s Performing Arts Center are keys to the community’s success.

Corporate headquarters and home base for American Girl (Mattel), Capital Brewery (America’s #1 Rated Brewery), Electronic Theatre Controls (ETC), Gilson Medical Instruments, the National Mustard Museum, Springs Window Fashions, Standard Imaging (multiple winner of Wisconsin’s Best Small Manufacturer Award), and among many other great businesses in a dynamic regional economy.

We are proud of our environmental ethic, sustainable city plan and initiatives, Tree City U.S.A. designation 17 years running, and as a Wisconsin Water Star, Bird City and legacy Green Tier community. Moreover, Middleton was an All-America City finalist in 2010.

Home to the acclaimed Middleton Hills, the first “new urbanism” subdivision in the Midwest, and the Downtown Middleton neighborhood, honored as the State’s Best neighborhood in 2012 by the Thousand Friends of Wisconsin, the foremost statewide environmental group.

Public amenities include a nationally recognized library that was named the “Library of the Year” for 2007 by the Wisconsin Library Association; a nationally-accredited senior center; the scenic Pleasant View Golf Course; Middleton Municipal Airport-Morey Field; outstanding public safety services, diverse and charming parks and ample public lands, the Capitol Ice arena, two Middleton historic museums (the Rowley House and the Depot), extensive and cost-effective public services and an Aa1 bond rating.

Visitors are welcomed by our historic Middleton Depot Visitors Center and over 70 eclectic dining establishments and 1,000 hotel rooms in seven hotels.

A regional employment center, we are a net importer of jobs-nearly 7,000 according to the 2010 Census-and an exporter of income to surrounding communities. Moreover, the City, Middleton Chamber of Commerce and Middleton Area Development Corporation have forged a sustainable and strong partnership in economic development.

The “Good Neighbor City”, host of Good Neighbor Festival for the past 49 years, partners in development with neighboring communities in Dane County, as well as the City of Madison and the University of Wisconsin through the regional economic development organization of “Madison Region Economic Partnership”

Celebrated our Sesquicentennial (150th birthday) in 2006 and are proud of our heritage which started with the advent of the railroad between Madison and the Mississippi River in 1856. On April 9, 1963, Middleton transitioned from a village to a city, and we recently celebrated our 50th anniversary as a city.