Madison rapid growth

Madison Rapid Growth

While 21 counties including Milwaukee lost people over the past ten years, Dane County did the opposite–putting up a 15% population increase, the largest in the state.

MADISON, Wis. — Year over year in the last decade, Madison has added hundreds of new housing units to try and keep up with a population that grew by 16% between 2010 and 2020.

In about half of those years, newly-permitted units, the vast majority in large, multi-family-home buildings, reached about 2,000 a year. But in a city where many continue to struggle to find or afford their homes, housing development still struggles to keep pace with the city’s best decade for growth in recent memory.

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