City Administrator's Welcome

America’s Best Place to Live 2007 & a Great Place to do Business


Welcome to the City of Middleton! This community is very well-rounded, and whether you’re seeking a place to live, work, play or just visit, we’re glad you’re in the Good Neighbor City. Middleton is a vibrant urban ring city on the west side of Madison, the state capital. From 2005-2013, Middleton was honored by Money Magazine and CNN as one of the top ten small city places to live in the U.S. (under 50,000 population), including “America’s Best Place to Live” (2007). Our community offers the best of living and working in a small city while having all the great attributes of a dynamic larger city. Here are some of our most significant features:

  • 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 /or primary home base for American Girl (Mattel), Capital Brewery (America’s #1 Rated Brewery), Electronic Theatre Controls (ETC), Fiskars, Gilson Medical Instruments, Mead & Hunt Engineering, the National Mustard Museum, Natus Neurology (North America), PPD, Springs Window Fashions, Standard Imaging (multiple winner of Wisconsin’s Best Small Manufacturer Award), Spectrum Brands and WTS Paradigm among many other great businesses in a dynamic regional economy.
  • Proud of our environmental ethic, sustainable city plan and initiatives, Tree City U.S.A. designation 21 years running, and as a Wisconsin Water Star, Bird City and legacy Green Tier community. Home of the environmental gem of the Pheasant Branch Conservancy. Moreover, Middleton was an All-America City finalist in 2010 as well as one of 3 finalists for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Siemens Award for Sustainability in 2012.
  • 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 Public Lands department maintain numerous charming parks (Gold Medal NRPA Finalist from 2013-2015 for small parks systems); a library that was named the “Library of the Year” for 2007 by the Wisconsin Library Association; nationally-accredited police department and senior center; the scenic Pleasant View Golf Course; Middleton Municipal Airport—Morey Field; outstanding public safety services, 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 eight hotels
  • A regional employment center, we are a net importer of employees—8,616 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 community development.
  • Host of Good Neighbor Festival since 1964, partners in economic development with the City of Madison, University of Wisconsin and other communities through the “Madison Region Economic Partnership
  • 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.
  • For those in our larger community who struggle with life’s challenges, we exhibit good neighborliness through our local churches and service clubs, Middleton Outreach Ministry, Restoring Hope Transplant House, Gilda’s Club, Gio’s Garden, the Middleton Community Endowment and many other individual and group philanthropic efforts.