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Middleton is a city in Dane County, Wisconsin, United States, and a suburb of the state capital, Madison.

Middleton's motto is "The Good Neighbor City." The population was 17,442 at the 2010 census.


Middleton Municipal Airport (C29) serves Middleton and the surrounding communities. A free trolley service called Middleton Trolley runs through Middleton and has 13 stops at landmarks around Middleton. Madison's bus service Madison Metro's routes 70, 71, 72, 73, 78 and 15 all have stops throughout Middleton.

Municipal services

The City of Middleton is served by the Middleton Police Department. The Middleton Fire Department provides fire protection services to a district consisting of the city of Middleton, as well as the neighboring Town of Middleton and portions of the towns of Springfield and Westport. The Middleton Emergency Medical Services department provides paramedic level services to the City of Middleton and the neighboring townships of Middleton and Springfield.


Middleton belongs to the Middleton-Cross Plains School District. There are six elementary schools, two middle schools, one high school and one alternative senior high school in the district.

Students attend either Middleton High School or Clark Street Community School.


Middleton is served by Madison TV, radio, print, and other media. The Middleton Times-Tribune is a weekly community newspaper. The Middleton Review is a free community newspaper that serves the city.


Middleton is the home of the National Mustard Museum. It was originally located in the nearby town of Mount Horeb, Wisconsin, but moved to Middleton. The museum and its curator were featured on National Public Radio's Morning Edition broadcast of July 29, 2010, and Weekend Edition Saturday on February 18, 1995 (when it was located in Mount Horeb).

The Pheasant Branch Creek Conservancy is a nature preserve of green space and wetland[15] with prairie hills, natural springs, and Native American burial mounds. The creek drains on the east into Lake Mendota, and a hiking trail follows beside it through a forest, passing beside Parisi Park.

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How did Wisconsin earn the grade of C? We examined the state taxes based on how age friendly they are. Wisconsin has a state sales tax of 5.00%. Of particular interest is that Wisconsin does not have taxes on social security. There are no estate taxes. There are no taxes imposed on inheritance. Wisconsin has an effective property tax rate of 1.95%. Weighing these taxes and other taxes most likely to impact the aging population is how Wisconsin earned its state tax grade of C.

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