Madison, New Jersey, offers the perfect combination of small-town feel with the cosmopolitan draw that only a community near NYC would have. Sometimes called “The Rose City” and “Bottle Hill,” nearly 16,000 residents, hundreds of thriving businesses and three colleges call it home.
It’s no surprise that CNN-Money magazine’s 2011 list of the Best Small Towns in America ranks us No. 33.
In Madison you’ll find the internationally renowned club Shanghai Jazz, the New Jersey Shakespeare Theatre, the Museum of Early Trades & Crafts, the Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey and a historical downtown district with 52 buildings registered with the National Register of Historic Places.
In addition, Madison is home to three higher education institutions that enrich the community with their outstanding programs. Drew University’s annual Forum Speakers Series presents esteemed thinkers such as Tony Blair, Bill Clinton, Rudolph Giuliani and Madeline Albright. Fairleigh Dickinson University’s unique partnership with the United Nations brings dignitaries to lecture and teach, supporting their commitment to global education. And, College of Saint Elizabeth hosts the “Week of Holocaust Remembrance” and houses a state-of-the-art performance hall.
Commuters appreciate accessible, affordable train and bus transportation. The NJ Transit MidTown Direct takes riders to New York’s Penn Station in about an hour. Bus and shuttle services run regularly between the Madison train station and many business and shopping areas throughout town. Bicycling and walking around our picturesque neighborhoods are also favorite alternatives in a pedestrian-friendly town like ours.
Madison also boasts a high level of volunteerism and civic engagement. Whether it’s May Day, a town-wide sprucing up, Bottle Hill Day, the annual downtown fair or the work of service clubs such as Rotary along with volunteers serving on committees and boards, Madison’s level of community spirit is matched by no other town. Newcomers are welcomed with a “come and join us” attitude.
Highly ranked public schools. Clean and safe parks. Top restaurants. Cultural activities. A commitment to the arts. A historic heritage. Madison has it all, and that’s why we call it home.