Why Oshkosh

Oshkosh is home to many successful businesses that are powered by the area’s exceptional workforce.

The Oshkosh-Neenah Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) has a population of 167,860 according to the U.S. Census reports from 2013. The MSA also has a civilian labor force size of 93,243, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Oshkosh is located about 90 miles north of Milwaukee and 50 miles south of Green Bay. Oshkosh is a progressive and participative community that offers small-town friendliness with big city features and a high quality of life for people of all ages and interests.


Oshkosh is both the county seat and largest municipality in Winnebago County, which has a population estimate of 168,216 within its borders. Oshkosh and its surrounding communities have a population of 95,000 and the city plays host to hundreds of local, regional, national and international events each year—we are, after all, Wisconsin’s Event City! Additionally, Oshkosh offers a variety of unique attractions—like the Experimental Aircraft Association Museum (EAA), AirVenture, the historic Grand Opera House, the Paine Art Center and Gardens and more—that offer affordable and accessible cultural experiences for visitors of all ages.

Oshkosh is also home to the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, Fox Valley Technical College and many thriving businesses.

Our Location

Oshkosh is centrally located in the state on the western shore of Lake Winnebago and banked by the Fox River and Lake Butte des Morts. Our proximity provides us with ample accessibility to many main transportation vessels.

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Our Business Climate

In Wisconsin, we know how to grow things, especially business. Successful organizations looking to locate or expand operations will find resources, support and opportunities. Our state offers many programs and incentives that promote business growth and provides a tax and regulatory climate that encourage growth. Oshkosh is no exception to this and boasts a business friendly climate.

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Growth Industries

Rooted in manufacturing excellence, Greater Oshkosh is committed to the continued diversification of our manufacturing base in order to ensure and maintain a strong economic climate long term.

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Our History

Our roots run deep and we are very proud of our history and heritage. The lumber barons and immigrants who settled in Oshkosh created a vibrant and unique city on the shore of Lake Winnebago. Their fascinating stories live on as we look to the next century. Oshkosh will continue to grow and thrive because our greatest asset—our people—continue to make this a great place to live, work and visit.

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Living Here

Oshkosh is a great place to live because of our excellent school system, outstanding health care facilities, abundant entertainment opportunities, low cost of living, a clean environment and much more. The attributes of Oshkosh include its parks, galleries, nationally accredited museums, golf courses, entertainment venues, festivals and activities that make Oshkosh a haven for anyone interested in combining city life with the benefits of a small town.

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Things To Do

Attractions, shopping, nightlife and outdoor recreation are just a few of the best things to do in Oshkosh.

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