Madison ranked 24th in a recent U.S. News and World Report’s inaugural list of the 100 best places to live in America. The site analyzed 100 cities on the basis of factors such as quality of life, job market and desirability for their recently released list.

“Against a backdrop of high-tech businesses and acclaimed academic institutions, Madison, Wisconsin, exudes the casual, down-to-earth feel you’d expect in the capital of America’s Dairyland,” the report said, giving Madison an overall score of 6.8 out of 10. “On a given night, Madisonians can dine on food prepared by award-winning chefs and take in performances by national and international musicians and actors. The next morning, Madisonians can buy produce, meats and baked goods at the Dane County Farmers Market, often grabbing breakfast and coffee there or at hot spots like Marigold Kitchen and Michelangelo’s Coffee House.”

The report called Madison a “hotbed of the health care, information technology and manufacturing industries.”

Denver topped the list, because, according the U.S. News review of the city, its residents are “ambitious, progressive-minded fitness fanatics and nature lovers who are eager to push the envelope on everything from civil rights to drug laws.”

U.S. News analyzed the 100 most populous metro areas to find the best places to live. To make the top of the list, a place had to have good value, be a desirable place to live, have a strong job market and a high quality of life.