Oshkosh and its surrounding communities have a population of 95,000. The city plays host to hundreds of local, regional, national and international events each year—Oshkosh is, after all, Wisconsin’s Event City.
Oshkosh offers a variety of unique attractions that offer affordable and accessible cultural experiences for visitors of all ages: the Grand Opera House, Leach Amphitheater, Menominee Park & Zoo, Military Veterans Museum, Morgan House, Opera House Square, Oshkosh Public Museum, Paine Arts Center & Gardens, Pollack Community Water Park, and the Oshkosh Public Library. Oshkosh is also home to the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, Fox Valley Technical College and many thriving businesses.
COST OF LIVING
The cost of living in Northeast and Central Wisconsin is one that you can really live with! The area is well below both the U.S. average and Wisconsin as a whole. In fact, the cost of living in our region is 7% less than the U.S. average—making your dollars go further here.
Wisconsin Public Service serves the City of Oshkosh and surrounding area with electricity and natural gas. For 24-hour residential service, call 800-450-7260. For business and farm customer service, call 877-444-0888.
Greater Oshkosh’s health and wellness needs are met with comprehensive services that range from community education classes to physician practices, from inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation to advanced wound care, and from hospitals to surgery centers and clinics.
Oshkosh ranks among the safest places to live, work, raise a family or visit! According to the “City Crime Rankings 2013,” published by CQ Press, the Oshkosh-Neenah MSA ranks in the top 20 in the Nation.
Oshkosh has a strong tradition of education and offers one of the finest school systems in the nation. Our schools, both public and private, provide a variety of educational programs. Oshkosh was one of the seven cities in Wisconsin on a list of the top 25 school districts in the country, according to the July 2006 issue of Corporate Report Wisconsin.
Public schools in Oshkosh include fifteen elementary schools, five middle schools, two high schools, and four charter schools, with a total of almost 10,300 students. In addition, the private schools have an enrollment just over 1,000 students.
Fox Valley Technical College, headquartered in Appleton, has four locations in Oshkosh.
The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh is the third largest university in the state, with a total enrollment of more than 13,000 students. With 1,400 graduate students, UW Oshkosh has the largest graduate program of the eleven comprehensive universities in the UW System.
THINGS TO DO
Oshkosh hosts more than 1,000 events annually where you can have fun at fantastic festivals, watch or participate in sports tournaments and competitions, or see one of the largest aviation festivals on earth. You can also attend live music festivals, catch a fishing tournament, bring the kids to one of the many family-friendly festivals and special events, and enjoy art exhibits, farmers markets, live performances, car shows and more. There’s so much to do in Oshkosh, Wisconsin’s Event City. Visit Discover Oshkosh – Events Calendar to find out what is going on in Oshkosh.
Attractions include the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA), the Grand Opera House, Leach Amphitheater, Menominee Park and Zoo, Military Veterans Museum, Morgan House, Opera House Square, Oshkosh Public Museum, Paine Art Center and Gardens, Pollack Community Water Park, and the Oshkosh Public Library.
If you are looking for national retail chains, we’ve got them! But if you are looking for a local shopping experience, we’ve got that too!
Sports & Outdoors
Explore beautiful parks, take in a round of golf, cheer on the Wisconsin Herd or strap on some skis for a cross-country workout. Oshkosh is here to keep you active whether you’re playing sports or just taking a walk in the park. You’ll find more than 30 miles of walking and biking trails, which include two miles of paved Riverwalk along the beautiful Fox River in downtown Oshkosh. Step into the outdoors, find your path and enjoy year-round recreation.