Portage County: an economic powerhouse and a delightful place to live

Portage County, Wisconsin, home to more than 70,000 people, is at the center of the Centergy Region, surrounding Interstate 39 with a strong and diverse mix of businesses. 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, we’re seeing added growth in IT and robotics, with plenty of local markets for those industries.

The county’s healthy economy and low real estate costs combine to make it a delightfully affordable place to live -- far below the national average for similar communities. There’s a wide variety of housing options, so everyone from University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point students and young professionals, to seasoned workers will find something that’s ideal for them. Those who prefer a more urban environment will enjoy the vibe of Stevens Point, while folks who are after a quieter way of life will welcome the natural beauty of our more rural corners. Either way, work is conveniently close at hand, along with all the resources individuals and families need, including outstanding education providers that keep the local workforce of 40,000 strong and smart. The county offers many recreational amenities, such as 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.

You’ll find outstanding business sites and existing facilities all along I-39, with great connections for highway and rail travel. Companies that need air travel will appreciate the convenience of Stevens Point Municipal Airport (KSTE), with 6,000-plus-foot runways that can accommodate all business jets and the extra safety of an ILS approach. If your business values connections to customers, a low cost of living, and a commitment to hard work and innovation, you’ll feel right at home in Portage County!

Population: 70,447 | Labor Force: 39,586