Known as Wisconsin’s “Event City,” Oshkosh is at the southernmost point of what we refer to as the Fox Valley of Wisconsin. This vibrant community boasts the third largest campus in the University of Wisconsin system, a low crime rate, a healthy economy, easy access to water, a vibrant music scene and a developing downtown.

Quick Facts about the City of Oshkosh

  • Find Oshkosh on a map
  • History: Settled in 1836 after the Menominee nation of Native American’s ceded land to the U.S. government, named after Menominee Chief Oshkosh
  • Population: 66,778 in the city, 95,000 with outlying communities
  • Median Family Income: $54,270
  • Median Home Price: $118,000
  • Healthcare: Home to five major health care providers
  • Accolades:
    • The Bloomberg Businessweek ranked Oshkosh “Best Place to Raise Your Kids” in its 2010 survey of cities
    • Oshkosh ranked 132 among the top 366 Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs) in recent Policom Economic Strength Study
    • Industry Week’s Expansion Management rated Oshkosh MSA as a “5-Star Quality of Life” metro area
    • Forbes Magazine ranked Oshkosh 79th in its annual list of “Best Places for Business and Careers”
    • Of 162 small cities in the U.S., Entrepreneur ranked the Oshkosh-Appleton metro area as the 24th “Hottest Cities for Entrepreneurs”
    • The Milken Institute, a non-profit, independent economic think tank, included the Oshkosh MSA in its annual list of “Best Performing Cities”
    • The Oshkosh-Neenah MSA was ranked 20th by Expansion Management Magazine, which graded the nation’s largest 362 metropolitan areas, in terms of the quality of public education
    • CQ Press, a division of Sage Publications, ranked the Oshkosh-Neenah MSA the 18th safest place to live of the 344 metropolitan areas in the United States
    • On the western shore of Lake Winnebago, Oshkosh is banked by the Fox River and Lake Butte des Morts, making it a destination community for boating, sailing, fishing, swimming and outdoor dining
  • Events and Activities: Home to more than 1,000 events annually, virtually every interest can be met in the City of Oshkosh, including: