Centered Around Community
Central Wisconsin has something for everyone. Living in the Center gives you access to:
- World-class, year-round outdoor recreation
- Leading K-12 school systems, universities and childcare centers
- Affordable cost of living at the center point from Wisconsin’s major cities
Access Thousands of Central Wisconsin Jobs
Central Wisconsin offers incredible opportunities for career growth in many leading industries. Working in the Center gives you access to:
- Community initiatives to find in-demand jobs in your career field
- Career-oriented educational courses in key industries
- Programs and incentives for onsite and offsite job training
Build Your Business Legacy
Central Wisconsin fosters a thriving economy at just a few hours’ drive from the state’s largest cities. Doing business in the Center gives you access to:
- Educational pipelines of skilled professionals from leading schools and universities
- Tax credits and incentives to secure the land and facilities your business needs
- Modern transportation infrastructure for shipping, receiving and traveling
At the Center of Where You Want to Be
Cost of Living
The average housing cost in the Center is less than $130K, compared to $300K nationally. You can afford to build the life you’ve always wanted here.
The Center has a uniquely strong sense of community and culture you’ll find in the area’s events and attractions. Nothing says Central Wisconsin quite like breakfast on the local dairy farm.
Central Wisconsin features world-class outdoor recreation through all four seasons. You can ski or snowboard down Rib Mountain one day and explore one of our peaceful state natural areas the next.
Central Wisconsin boasts a rich tapestry of culture and diversity, bringing together a vibrant mix of communities that celebrate their unique traditions and histories.
The annual Hmong Festival stands as a testament to the area’s cultural richness, showcasing the vibrant heritage of the Hmong community through art, music, and cuisine. The presence of the Ho-Chunk Nation further adds to the cultural mosaic, with its deep-rooted traditions and contributions to the region’s history. Additionally, Central Wisconsin embraces diversity by welcoming Ukrainian and Afghan communities, each bringing their own distinctive customs and flavors to the local scene.
This inclusive spirit is a testament to the region’s commitment to fostering an environment where all people, regardless of their background, are not only accepted but celebrated. Central Wisconsin proudly reflects a melting pot where residents and visitors alike can experience the beauty of different cultures coming together in harmony, creating a community that thrives on the strength of its diversity. Everyone is welcome in Central Wisconsin.
Mosaic of North Central Wisconsin
Mosaic is a hub for community inclusion, diversity, equity, accessibility, and belonging (IDEA+B) efforts in order to reduce redundancy and increase participation outreach led by other organizations.
New Beginnings for Refugees
COMING SOON! – WAUSOME.COM
Northcentral Technical College – Hispanic / Latino Resources & Support Guide
UWSP Latino Student Alliance
Portage County Cultural Festival
Inclusive Excellence Institute (IEI)
Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging (EDIB) Resources
Putting Down Roots in Central Wisconsin
The job at Wenzel’s Farm brought me to Central Wisconsin almost 20 years ago, and the job and area have been very good to me. I love living here because of the beauty of the area, the variety of the four seasons and because people are willing to lend a helping hand whenever you need it.”
Most of the families in our east side (Wausau) neighborhood have children around our kids’ ages. It’s a very diverse neighborhood, and that’s what I love about it. It’s quiet, friendly, peaceful, private and safe. It’s the kind of neighborhood where people wave ‘hi’ as they pass on the road.”
Central Wisconsin: a cherished haven. Good schools, friendly people, cheese, abundant boating spots, fresh produce, affordable living, less traffic and endless trails. A place where my heart found home, amidst nature's gifts and warm embrace.”
Seeing the great people we have living here, raising their families, how much they care and are willing to help in any way they can is not something every community has. I love the small-town vibes and having the ability to know a lot of people to help make a difference in our community today.”
I enjoy life in Central Wisconsin for its mix of rural charm and nearby city living. Owning a business here is truly special, with a sense of small-town pride and the incredible impact a business can have on its communities.”
Since we were deciding between Madison and the Twin Cities, I was skeptical when my wife suggested that we move back to Central Wisconsin. I never spend time in traffic, and I have more time to spend with family and friends. There’s also a variety of affordable activities in the area and within a few hours of driving, including two great lakes, the Northwoods, the Driftless Area, & several larger cities.”
Central Wisconsin offers its residents an abundance of recreational opportunities within a short distance, making it a wonderful place to play year-round”