Madison has a population of just over 200,000. About 50,000 of those people are college students
, most at the University of Wisconsin Madison
The combination of university jobs and state government jobs means that Madison has very little industry for a city its size; the only notable factory in the city is the Oscar Meyer meat-packing plant.
Because of the high concentration of college kids and the low concentration of actual blue-collar workers, Madison has become known for its very liberal culture in comparison to the surrounding farm communities.
The only notable contemporary celebrity from Madison is dead comedian du jour Chris Farley. Avid Computer Gamers might note that Rune developer Human Head Studios is also based in Madison. Avid computer music production enthusiasts might note that Sound Forge developer Sonic Foundry was based in Madison, until they went broke.