As the urban center of the region, Dane County is home to the state’s capital in the City of Madison, the University of Wisconsin flagship campus, the world-class Overture Center for the Arts, and an abundance of parks, lakes, and unique neighborhoods. Home to the fastest growing population of any county in Wisconsin, Dane County boasts a highly educated workforce to power its diverse and innovative industries. With assets in information technology, life sciences, and agriculture, Madison and Dane County consistently rank among the top communities for work and play.
2010 Population: 488,073
2019 Population Estimate: 536,078
Top private-sector employers in Dane County include Epic, UW Health, American Family Insurance, Exact Sciences, CUNA Mutual, and PPD.
Sources: U.S. Census; Emsi; Wisconsin’s WORKnet; Municipality Population Estimates, Wisconsin Department of Administration, Demographic Services Center; Applied Geographic Solutions via LocateInWisconsin.