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Madison is the capital of Wisconsin, a state of the United States of America. As of the 2000 census, it has a population of 208,054. It is the county seat of Dane County. The city completely surrounds the smaller Town of Madison.

The University of Wisconsin's main campus is located in the city. The main downtown thoroughfare is State Street, which links the University campus with the State Capitol square, and is lined with restaurants and shops. Only pedestrians, buses, police and bikes are allowed on State Street. The Capitol Square is situated on the isthmus between lakes Mendota and Monona.

Madison is considered the healthiest city in America by Mens Health magazine.

Notable buildings include the Wisconsin State Capitol, and the Monona Terrace meeting and convention center, based on a design by Frank Lloyd Wright. Wright, who spent a brief time as a student at the University, also designed other buildings in Madison, such as the Unitarian meeting house. In the summer time, on Saturday mornings, the Dane County Farmers' Market is on the Capitol Square.

Madison has three identities—state capital, college town, and working-class city—which blend and synergize. Madison will always be associated with the name of "Fighting Bob" LaFollette and the Progressive movement. La Follette's magazine, The Progressive, founded in 1909, is still published in Madison today.

Two daily newspapers, the Wisconsin State Journal and the Capital Times, are published in the city, which is also the home of a free weekly alternative newspaper, Isthmus. The Onion satirical weekly was also founded in Madison.

In Madison during the sixties, thousands of students and other citizens took part in antiwar marches and demonstrations. These protests were the subject of the documentary The War at Home. The counterculture was centered in the neighborhood of Mifflin and Bassett streets, referred to as Mifflin-Bassett or Miffland. The area contained many three-story apartments where students and counterculture youth lived, painted murals, opened vegetarian restaurants and co-operative grocery stores, and used illegal substances. The neighborhood often came into conflict with authorities, particularly then-Mayor Bill Dyke (who was later to run for vice-president with segregationist Lester Maddox). Tom Bates writes in Rads that Dyke's attempt to suppress the annual Mifflin Street block party "would take three days, require hundreds of officers on overtime pay, and engulf the student community from the Southeast Dorms to fraternity row. Tear gas hung like heavy fog across the isthmus." In the fracas, student activist Paul Soglin, then an alderman, was arrested and taken to jail. Later, Soglin was to become mayor of Madison, serving from 1973 to 1979 and from 1989 to 1997.

In 1996 Money magazine identified Madison as the best place to live in the United States. It has consistently ranked near the top of the best-places list in subsequent years (the list is published annually by the magazine), with the city's consistently low unemployment rate being a major factor in its ranking.

Notable people associated with Madison include Thornton Wilder, Eric Heiden, Tyne Daly and Chris Farley all born in Madison; Charles A. Lindbergh, who entered a mechanical engineering program at the University of Wisconsin in 1920, did poorly, and dropped out to become a barnstormer; and musicians Steve Miller (who attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison) and Otis Redding (who died in a 1967 plane crash in Madison).

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According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 219.3 km² (84.7 mi²). 177.9 km² (68.7 mi²) of it is land and 41.5 km² (16.0 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 18.91% water.

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