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A Madison Neighborhood


The Bassett Neighborhood is a tale of two distinct neighborhoods grouped into one.

Everything north of W. Washington Ave including W. Mifflin St. (known for its infamous Mifflin Street Block Party), is dominated by UW undergraduate students.

Though less raucous than its State-Langdon neighborhood counterpart, this areas close proximity to campus and history as a hub of UW student activity make it a strong student encampment.

However, as you move away from the UW campus and toward the Capitol or Lake Monona this neighborhood turns from a Big10 neighborhood into a more typical Madison one, with a mix of older houses (some in decent shape, some not so much) and apartment buildings that range from high-end luxury to cheap studio apartments.

As a result, wide swaths of different people call the southern part of this neighborhood home, from students to professionals to hippies to seniors.

People of all shapes and sizes agree on the Bassett Neighborhood's greatest advantage: being within walking distance to all of downtown Madison.

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September Rent Report

Welcome to the September 2020 Madison Apartment Report. In this assessment of the local rental market, ABODO data scientists and rental experts break down the September 2020 key findings and figures for the Madison rental landscape.

Our experts analyze the pricing trends — one-bedroom, two-bedroom, year-over-year and month-over-month — in Madison and surrounding areas and provide comparisons to the entire metro area, nearby cities and some of the most desirable and expensive cities in the United States. Take a look at the last 12 months of Madison rent prices in the chart below.

Monthly Rent Report

Madison Rent Prices Increase From August to September

Madison rent prices increased over the last month. From August to September, the city experienced a 0.09% increase for the price of a one-bedroom apartment. The rent price for a Madison one-bedroom apartments currently stands at $1,153.0.

When we take a look at the two-bedroom comparison from August to September, Madison experienced a 0.07% increase for the price of a two-bedroom apartment. The rent price for a Madison two-bedroom apartments currently stands at $1,383.0.

September Prices: Madison vs. Surrounding Areas

Rent Prices in Madison and Surrounding Areas

Rent prices have increased in Madison over the last month. But how have the surrounding areas fared when it comes to the recent volatility in apartment prices? Rent prices in 4 of the Madison suburbs increased last month. On the other hand, 3 local areas experienced a decrease in the price of a one-bedroom apartment.

More key findings include:

  • Rent increased in Fitchburg, WI, Middleton, WI, Maple Bluff, WI, Cottage Grove, WI .

  • Rent decreased in Sun Prairie, WI, Verona, WI, Waunakee, WI.

  • 5 suburbs are currently priced higher than the city of Madison.

  • 2 suburbs are currently priced lower than the city of Madison.

September 2020 Pricing Trends: Madison vs. National Comparisons

Madison Rent Prices More Affordable Than Major Cities

Rent growth in Madison over the past year has been on the rise. When compared to major cities nearby, along with some of the most expensive cities in the country, Madison rent prices appear to be relatively affordable for local residents.

The price for a Madison one-bedroom apartment remains vastly more affordable than four of the largest cities in the United States — New York City, Washington, D.C. San Francisco and Los Angeles. And pricing compares quite similarly to nearby Midwest cities.

You can view the full rundown of ABODO's September 2020 National Apartment Report and data set here.

For more information about Madison and surrounding area rent prices, take a look at the complete data set below.

Data set for Madison and suburbs

1 BR September 1 BR M/M % Change 2 BR September 2 BR M/M % Change
Madison, WI $1,152.0 0.00% $1,382.0 -0.72%
Fitchburg, WI $1,244.0 0.32% $1,457.0 -1.42%
Middleton, WI $1,319.0 1.85% $1,598.0 3.56%
Sun Prairie, WI $1,175.0 -1.76% $1,467.0 -0.54%
Verona, WI $1,067.0 -0.19% $1,281.0 -1.46%
Waunakee, WI $1,230.0 -0.08% $1,617.0 -2.00%
Maple Bluff, WI $1,676.0 0.06% $3,060.0 0.00%
Cottage Grove, WI $1,137.0 1.25% $1,453.0 -0.21%


Each month, using over 1 million ABODO listings across the United States, we calculate the median 1-bedroom and 2-bedroom rent prices by city, state, and nation, and track the month-over-month percent change. To avoid small sample sizes, we restrict the analysis for our reports to cities meeting minimum population and property count thresholds.