Stevens Point Wisconsin is located in the central part of the state approximately an hour and a half west of Green Bay. It is the largest city in its county with a population of 24,551.
Stevens Point is names after the founder who was George Stevens. George Stevens operated a grocery and supply business of the river. Logger on the Wisconsin River found this area to be a convenient stopping point because the river bends slightly and they could tell from a fair distance if Stevens point was open for business.
The average temperature of Stevens Point ranges from 20 to 80 degrees. All four seasons are very distinctive with snow falling in December and January and summer temps of about 70 hitting in July and August.
The census done in 2000 determines there were 9,305 households and 4,652 families residing in the city. The diversity of the population is 92.5% White. Of the households 23.6% have children under the age of 18 and 37.8 were married couples living together.
Stevens Point is home to the University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point, established in 1894 as the Stevens Point Normal School. The university enrolls approximately 8700 students in both undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Mid-State Technical College (MSTC), a technical college, is also located in the city.
The Sisters of St. Joseph of the Third Order of St. Francis have their mother house in Stevens Point. Catholic parishes in the city include St. Stanislaus Kostka, the Newman University Parish, St. Stephen, St. Casimir, St. Peter, and St. Joseph. There are also a few Lutheran and other Protestant churches in the area, including Grace Baptist Church (founded 1975). There are also members of the Bahá’í Faith in the city and county.
Stevens Point is home to a community theater group (cwACT), a children’s museum, and a group of museums run by the Portage County Historical Society, including the Beth Israel Congregation Museum, located in the former synagogue.
The downtown area was designated a “Wisconsin Main Street Community” and offers specialty shops, restaurants, an enclosed shopping mall, and offices. The city and county offices are located downtown, as well as a major bank regional headquarters and two major insurance companies. The downtown also offers a night life on “the Square” that is popular with college students.
Stevens Point hosts the world’s largest trivia contest, run by UWSP’s radio station, WWSP-FM. The contest, which typically involves over 12,000 contestants in more than 400 teams, is usually held every year in April and lasts for 54 straight hours, from Friday to Sunday.
Stevens Point was listed in Relocate-America’s Top 10 Best Places to Live in 2007 and 2008 for the United States and listed in the Top 100 for 2003, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010. In addition to being in the Relocate-America’s Top 100 cities in 2010], it was also listed in the Top Ten Recreation cities in America