Welcome to Madison, one of Family Circle magazine’s award winning, top 10 towns for families in America. Known as “Mississippi’s Shining Star,” Madison has the state’s highest per capita income, highest percent of married family households and highest percent of high school and college graduates of any city in the state. Madison also has the highest median home value. Preserving our abundant quality of life has always been a top priority.
Distinctive neighborhoods, vibrant arts and cultural programs, well-maintained parks and excellent schools are all Madison hallmarks. For the second year in a row, Madison Central High School has led the state with National Merit Semifinalists. The public and private schools are recognized with top honors both regionally and statewide.
Madison also claims the title of “Mississippi’s Safest City.” With our focus on crime prevention, the Madison Police Department’s minimum college requirements and extensive training have, in fact, contributed to an even lower crime rate in our city. The Madison Police Department was recently awarded its fourth national advanced law enforcement accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies. Compliance on the national level is a voluntary, ongoing process, which requires an agency to maintain and prove compliance with 480 law enforcement standards.
Our attractive lifestyle has led to remarkable growth, yet Madison remains committed to careful planning and enforces strict architectural and building guidelines to ensure that the city retains its small-town charm. The Madison Organization of Neighborhood Associations (MONA) remains very active monitoring and carefully nurturing our neighborhoods. MONA plays a vital role in linking city leaders with residents throughout the community.
In our city, we recognize that Madison churches form the cornerstone and volunteers provide Madison’s backbone. Madison’s success has been called a journey over the last 30 years, and some said it couldn’t be done, but we said, “Why not?” The best is yet to come in Madison. We invite you to catch the hometown spirit and be a part of building our future. Why not share Madison’s spirit and join our Chamber, businesses, volunteers, churches and families as we pray and build for tomorrow?
Mary Hawkins Butler, Mayor
City of Madison