Community Profile

Stevens Point, Wisconsin

Overview - Ministry Saint Michael's Hospital, Rice Medical Group and other Ministry Health Care services are located in Portage County, which has a population base of more than 67,000 people. Stevens Point is located in the midst of the Green Circle Trail, 26 miles of beautiful landscapes and a multitude of recreational opportunities.

Churches - Many faiths are represented among the area's 16 churches: Assembly of God, Baptist, Episcopal, Christian Science, Presbyterian, Lutheran, United Church of Christ, Roman Catholic and Methodist. Some provide schools for grades K-8.

Housing - More than 71 percent of county residents own their homes, with a median housing value of more than $91,000. Median county household income is more than $43,000.

Schools - Public education is administered through Stevens Point Area Public Schools, which has 10 elementary schools for K-6 grades and more than 3,700 students. Curricula feature a full day kindergarten and one of those schools features an English as a Second Language program. Students may also participate in the Boston School Forest, an environmental education program. Two junior highs provide education and extracurricular opportunities for more than 1,900 students in grades 7-9. Stevens Point Area High School serves more than 1,900 students and provides a full complement of extracurricular activities. An alternative high school offers coursework for those needing an individual curriculum. The district offers a "Gifted and Talented Program," for students to learn at their own pace. The program is open to qualified students of all ages. Three charter schools are also operated by the system. The district was the first in the state to establish a charter school.

Arts and Entertainment - Fine arts are supported through local and UW-Stevens Point theater productions, art galleries, choirs, art center and other special events. Stevens Points boasts several historical museums and districts, environmental preserves and educational facilities and many seasonal special events.

Community Service - Residents are presented with a variety of civic, historical, charitable, social and fraternal organizations for volunteer and leadership opportunities.

Transportation - Stevens Point is located near U.S. Highways 39 and 51, within two hours of Madison, Wausau, Rhinelander and La Crosse. The city can be accessed by air, through a nearby regional airport.

Parks - City and local parks include athletic fields, picnic areas, playgrounds, swimming beaches and pools, ice skating/hockey rinks, sledding hills, and other amenities.

Climate - The average winter daytime temperature is 23 degrees with an average 41 inches of snowfall. Average summer daytime temperature is 82 degrees with an average rainfall of 32 inches.

Recreation - Portage County's rich, natural landscape provides plenty of opportunities for biking, hiking, canoeing, kayaking, boating, camping, golf, skiing, snowmobiling, softball, sledding, and ice skating. Indoor sports include skating, bowling, racquetball, tennis and fitness facilities.

Shopping - Local and national retailers include book stores, bath and beauty products, clothing, gift shops, music stores, jewelry, department stores, electronics, furniture, shoe stores, discounters and service amenities. Appleton and Madison, within 1 1/2-hours of Stevens Point, offer several shopping malls with major department stores and specialty shops.

Events - Stevens Point hosts cyclical and annual events representing a wide variety of interests. Activities include spectator and participant sporting events, wellness conferences, car shows, picnics, carnivals, fairs and seasonal events.

Stevens Point:  Population - 24,698

Located in Portage County:  Population - 67,692

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