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Oshkosh: Just the Facts


Urban population of 95,000 within a 1.3 million northeastern population

Area and Altitude

24.24 square miles at 767 feet

Drive Distance

In Wisconsin
Green Bay – 55 miles
Milwaukee – 80 miles
Madison – 82 miles
Wisconsin Dells – 82 miles
Door County – 93 miles

Out of State
Chicago – 174 miles
Minneapolis/St. Paul – 270 miles
Toronto, Ontario – 684 miles
Detroit – 453 miles


Average Annual Temperature 46 F
Average January Temperature 18 F
Average July Temperature 67.5 F
Average Annual Precipitation 31.5″
Average Annual Snowfall 36.0″

10 Largest Employers

(Information provided by the Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce)

Oshkosh Corporation Specialized trucks 2,712
Bemis Packaging tape/Plastic film 1,580
Oshkosh Area School District Education 1,440
University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Education 1,344
Aurora Medical Center and Aurora Medical Group Health care 1,079
Winnebago County Government 999
Silver Star Brands Mail order distribution 863
Winnebago Mental Health Institute Health care 700
US Bank Financial 675
City of Oshkosh Government 600

Health Care Amenities

Oshkosh is home to five major health care providers:

Population Percentage by Age of Residents

Persons under 5 years old 5.4%
Persons under 18 years old 20.7%
Persons 65 years old and over 13.1%


Settled in 1836 after the Menominee nation of Native American’s ceded land to the U.S. government. Named after Menominee Chief Oshkosh.


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 the recent Policom Economic Strength Study.

IndustryWeek’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.com 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.


5.0% Sales tax

Living Here

Median family income is $54,270 and the median price of a family home is $118,000. Oshkosh’s schools boast the highest educational test scores in the nation. The city and surrounding areas are served by multiple national award-winning health care systems.


Oshkosh is served by the Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh and the Appleton International Airport, located less than 30 minutes away in Appleton.


981 total rooms are available in Oshkosh from 13 hotels, motels or bed and breakfasts, plus multiple scenic campsites.

City on the Water

Located in Northeast Wisconsin on the western shore of Lake Winnebago, Oshkosh is banked by the Fox River and Lake Butte des Morts. Both lakes provide the perfect opportunity for water sports, such as boating, sailing, swimming, fishing, ice fishing, and sturgeon spearing. Many of the area’s restaurants offer picturesque outdoor dining along the riverwalk while numerous events are held outdoors, such as events at the Leach Amphitheater.

University of Wisconsin Oshkosh

UW Oshkosh is located within walking distance of downtown Oshkosh and is home away from home to more than 13,000 students.