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Hear it from the Locals

Don’t just take our word for it – hear from the people who live in Portage County. Listen as native and non-native residents speak about their experiences in Portage County and explain all the wonderful opportunities central Wisconsin has for you.

“I am not from Stevens Point originally, I grew up in Milwaukee so coming here was really hard on me, but over the years I have realized that I can't imagine raising my kids anywhere else. There are always free family events going on. I feel like my daughter is going to a great school, and there's so much to do in the surrounding areas without having to drive too far.”

 - Jennifer 

“I enjoy living there (Stevens Point) because it still had the country feeling while being a pretty big city. Lots of different things to do and see!”

 - Ryan

“I grew up in Wausau area and eventually moved to Stevens Point area in 2010 when my children were little. Definitely would choose this area for what you’re looking for. I have friends and family that want me to move back, but as much as I love them, I love it here”

 - Tara 

“We lived in West Bend before Stevens Point. I live in Stevens Point now and work in Wausau. Stevens Point has a lot of the amenities (amazing schools, restaurants, Starbucks), but feels more small/college townish. We love this area!

 - Anna

“I enjoy living in Portage County because there are three huge pillars in the community. Industry, Advocacy, and an Appreciation for Nature. There are huge corporations here that are accessible to the community for both jobs and as partners in fundraising. They also sponsor activities and the winding trails and natural scenes bear their names on plaques. There is always an opportunity for individuals to create positive change and make big ripples. All it takes is a decent idea, patience, and cooperation.”

 - Steven

“I love living in Stevens Point because it's easy to get involved in community events and volunteer opportunities. People don't hesitate to lend a helping hand when needed. That's why this community is so great.”

 - Sarah

“I grew up in Wausau and always thought I would want to live there again one day. Now that I've lived in Stevens Point for 7 years, I can confidently say I love it here and would never plan to move back.  Stevens Point feels more like home.”

 - Jayme

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