Madison is listed fifth in a ranking of livability among U.S. cities.
The ranking from Livability.com measures a community?s economy, health care, education, and infrastructure, among other variables. Madison received a score of 639, only seven points behind Palo Alto, Calif.
Madison was also the only city in the U.S. named to the just-released list of top five college towns in the world.
The list from BBC Travel also includes Cambridge, England; Valparaiso, Chile; Uppsala, Sweden; and Kingston, Ontario.
BCC Travel called Madison a ?lovely? college town and also pointed to the city?s walkability, dedicated bike lanes, lakes and parks.