As the second largest city and capital of Wisconsin, Madison is the center of academia in a state once known for the strength of its lumber industry. The university and the government are the city’s biggest employers. The town supports a strong cultural scene, which includes a local repertory theater, opera, ballet, and symphony. The university is a leading venue for stem-cell research, since UW-Madison Professor James Thompson first isolated human embryonic cells in 1998, generating more than $800 million for research in 2008.
Dec 8, 2009
Madison Is Sixth "Smartest" College Town
This ranking is per the Daily Beast. Ranking does not mean much in itself but large academic-research centers are hotbeds of progressive movements that brought down the national GOP, what John Judis and Ruy Teixeira call the Ideopolis—enemy of bigotry, Palinesque ignorance and neo-McCarthyite politics of "terror" propaganda.