Named for President James Madison, Madison, NY is a town of about 3,000 people and a village within the town. Perched on the border with Oneida County to the east, it sits on U.S. Route 20, making it easy to take a day trip to Syracuse or visit anywhere else in New York—it’s at the center of everything, including some of the state’s most magnificent parks.
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With about 2,800 people, the town of Madison is divided into some 1,100 households and 800 families. Just under 97% of local residents identify as white, with those of other backgrounds representing less than 1% of the population each. The median household income is slightly under $36,000, while the median family income is over $41,000. There are 1,325 housing units, with the number for sale varying greatly by season—from a few dozen listings in fall and winter, you may see 100 or more in the high season.
Prices around Madison vary, with a median listing price for a 2-bedroom family home around $175,000 not unusual. A budget over $200,000 gives you access to a range of desirable 2- and 3-bedroom homes. Browse the newest real estate listings in Madison, NY.
The Madison Central School District oversees public education for local students. With less than 500 pupils in grades pre-K through 12, it has an excellent student-teacher ratio of just 11:1. Since the district maintains a single campus for all students, a great sense of community develops while children progress through their academic career. Students laud the many extracurricular clubs and activities. Madison high school graduates continuing their education have been known to choose colleges like SUNY Morrisville, Le Moyne College, and Nazareth College. Find homes in Madison by school district.
Madison is the ideal place to start or advance a career in healthcare, with Oneida Healthcare adding more than 800 local jobs to rank as the area’s #2 employer. It’s just behind Colgate University’s 1,000 staff and faculty, who contribute to one of America’s top liberal arts colleges.
Manufacturing and technology are big business around Madison. Briggs & Stratton—a Fortune 1000 engine brand—has local facilities. So does Lockheed Martin, one of the top names in aerospace and defense. Other key employers include HP Hood and Knowles Capacitors.
Madison is minutes from breathtaking natural wonders, including Albert J. Woodford Memorial Forest, Beaver Creek State Forest, and Mt. Hunger State Forest. Madison Lake is right in residents’ back yard, while larger Lake Moraine is due south. With 261 acres of water, it is home to both smallmouth and largemouth bass in abundance. Record catches of chain pickerel up to two feet have been reported.
The Hamilton Movie Theater is known for offering a classic “movie palace” experience in lush surroundings, dating back to its opening in 1895. In addition to feature films, it also hosts live performances and community events and is part of the League of Historic American Theatres.
Golf aficionados will be thrilled with Madison, where they have the opportunity to visit the historic 18-hole Seven Oaks Golf Club. In addition to the world-class course, the Clubhouse Restaurant is beloved for scrumptious meals with generous portions.
Eaton’s Old Town Museum is a “can’t miss” sight for history buffs. Ten minutes away in neighboring Eaton, it is a unique collection of artifacts describing local area history sourced from families whose work in the community dates back to the 1790s. You’ll hear about authors, missionaries, inventors, and the groundbreaking steam engine foundry that once drove trains and the economy alike.
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