MiddletonHills[1]Middleton, WI

Middleton is a city in Dane County, Wisconsin, United States. It is a north-western suburb of the state capital, Madison, but it was actually founded before Madison. It got its name from Middletown, Connecticut; the “w” being dropped was due to a paperwork error made by longtime historian Edward Kromrey. Middleton’s motto is “The Good Neighbor City.” The population was 17,442 at the 2010 census.

In July 2009, CNN/Money and Money magazine ranked Middleton the fourth best small town to live in the United States.

The American Girl, Capital Brewery, Springs Window Fashions, and Electronic Theatre Controls company headquarters are located in Middleton. Middleton is also home to Morey Field, a multi-runway, general aviation airport.

Middleton is the site of Middleton Hills, a nationally recognized Parade of Homes neighborhood, based on the principles of New Urbanism. Founded by the late Marshall Erdman and designed by architects Andres Duany and Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, Middleton Hills is credited as being the first such neighborhood in Wisconsin.

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 Imperial Garden Restaurant, founded in 1981, has been voted the Best of Madison: Best Chinese Restaurant for 28 straight years.

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