Portage County, Wisconsin, home to more than 70,000 people, is named for the connection between two rivers, but residents find connections here in much more, including arts, education and work. And that work comes with variety: While the county’s economy is known for a focus on agriculture, food processing, insurance, manufacturing, forest products and the dairy industry, you’ll also find innovators in health care, education, and biotechnology. Today, the region is growing in IT and robotics, with plenty of local markets for those industries.
Moving to Portage County is easy because a healthy economy tied to lower costs of living make this central area an incredibly desirable place to be. There’s a wide variety of housing options catering to everyone from seasoned workers and families to University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point students and young professionals. Those who prefer a more urban environment can spend a night out in college town Stevens Point, a town frequently listed among the Top 10 Places to Live and known for hosting the world’s largest trivia contest each April.
For those looking for more-wide open spaces, like many of our central Wisconsin communities, Portage County not only offers smaller village living but rural housing that incorporates big views and acreage. No matter where you live in the county, recreation abounds. Decompress from your workday and grab a bike, grab the dog, grab a picnic and head out onto The Green Circle, a 27-mile scenic hiking and biking trail that loops through the Stevens Point area and connects with over 45 miles of additional trails.