Going by all the lists and surveys featuring the best places to live in America, Madison always comes up as the most quintessentially American city anyone can live in. If you are looking for a place to live during your retirement years, Madison is it. Here is a bit about Madison's people, its climate, and its wildlife.
At least 245,691 people live in Madison today, with the number of men and that of women being almost equal. The percentage of persons over 65 years of age living here stands at 9.6%, a number indicative of how friendly the city is to senior citizens.
Close to 80% of the population is made up of whites, with Asians, African Americans and American Indians making up the rest of the population.
Over 10% of the people living in Madison were not born there, but these non-veterans have contributed immensely to the growth of the economy since out of the 20,700 businesses here, non-veterans own close to 18,000 of these.
Madison experiences the humid continental climate, an environment that most people around the United States would love to experience because it is not too much on the extremes. Citizens of Madison are sure of at least 187 sunny days, and approximately 114 days without any form of precipitation. With the US average rainfall being 37 inches per year, Madison receives 31, and with the average city snowfall being 25, Madison gets 37. July is the hottest month of the year, where temperatures can reach 82°F whereas January is the coldest month and it can reach lows of 11°F.
Concerning natural disasters and weather extremes, Madison has a very slim to no chance of ever experiencing volcanic eruptions and earthquakes are highly unlikely, but people here have to be ready for the occurrence of tornadoes at any time.
The emergency preparedness efforts of the Wisconsin Emergency Management help people to survive all sorts of weather disasters through sharing information to help reduce the impact of the catastrophe and assisting the people who go through a disaster.
Madison has so much wildlife that anyone with a passion for viewing wild animals and birds would enjoy visiting the parks and interacting with the animals from a safe distance of course. Some animals that you must see include badgers, beavers, chipmunks, prairie moles, flying and gray squirrels, and cottontail rabbits. You can also come across larger animals such as coyotes and black bears. So, you should keep your distance especially with the larger animals, but the adventure they bring is just superb.
The numerous plant species available in Madison make the city and its environs look so beautiful, and people who love nature photography will have a field day anywhere they encounter native plants. Some common trees and shrubs include the American Hazelnut, the Black Chokeberry, the Bur Oak, the Common Juniper, and the Viburnum, Mapleleaf. There are numerous savannah garden plants, ferns, prairie plants and even woodland plants here.
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