The national media says this is one of the best places to live.
Nothing like overstating the obvious.
Portage County residents enjoy a high quality of life that has been recognized by the national media. Stevens Point ranked No. 6 on Forbes’ list of “Best Small Cities for Families,” and CNNMoney named it No. 18 on its roster of “Top 25 Places To Retire.” The city has made Relocate America’s “Top 100 Places to Live” list several times, winning a “Top 10 Cities” ranking and also making the “Top 10 Recreation Cities” list.
The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point was named one of the best public universities in the Midwest by U.S. News and World Report, placing 10th in the magazine’s 2013 rankings. Businesses and residents also benefit from the area’s close proximity to Chicago, Madison, Milwaukee, Minneapolis and Green Bay, all within a half-day’s drive.
Tourism = Economic Impact
Travelers spent an estimated $104.3 Million in Portage County in 2013. For Wisconsin, tourism had a $17.5 Billion impact on the state’s economy in 2013 tourism spending in Portage County increased more than 4 percent over 2012.
Tourism = Jobs
One in every 13 jobs in the state of Wisconsin are sustained by tourism activity.
Tourism = Return on Investment
For every one dollar spent on tourism advertising, six are returned.
Tourism = FUN
Fun is the number one travel motivator, according to research. (Across four different research projects measuring behaviors, perceptions and motivations of Midwestern travelers, not surprisingly ‘having fun’ is consistently reported as being the strongest motivating factor for travel at 51 percent.)