The national media says this is one of the best places to live.
Nothing like overstating the obvious.

Riverfront Arts Center, Stevens Point

Stay and Play

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.

Over 750,000 visitors come to Portage County for conventions, sports, and group and recreational travel per year.

238,272 visitors stay in area hotels annually.

(Figure is based on a single occupancy and does not take into effect those staying with family and friends and day trippers.)

View the

Stevens Point Area Convention and Visitors Bureau Guide 2018

or Visit the

Stevens Point Area Convention and Visitors Website


Tourism = Economic Impact
Travelers spent an estimated $124.7 Million in Portage County in 2016.  For Wisconsin, tourism had a $20 Billion impact on the state’s economy in 2016.

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.)

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