Quality Of Life

Quality Of Life

If ever there was a true testimonial for the best quality of life, the people of Shawano County could give it. Surrounded by farms, lakes, streams and forests, the communities of Shawano County live in a very enviable area. Plenty of recreational opportunities, low cost of living, good education and health care, low crime rates and easy access to the world around them.

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With a four season climate, variety in recreation is abundant. You can camp, hunt, fish (134 lakes and lots of streams), boat, sail, canoe, golf, downhill and cross country ski, hike and snowmobile.

High school sports play a large role in the communities and several boast of state championships. If professional sports are enjoyed, the Green Bay Packers are less than an hour away.

Shawano County maintains approximately 300 miles of marked snowmobile trails. These trails connect with Oconto, Waupaca, Langlade, and Marathon County trails. Within Shawano County, there are no less than 2 hiking/biking trails together combined nearly 100 miles.

The Navarino Wildlife area public hunting grounds in Southeast Shawano County is comprised of approximately 13,000 acres and covering parts of four town-ships.

Cost of Living:

Shawano County is one of the most affordable places to live. The cost of living is well below state and national averages. Housing is very affordable ($80,000 median value) and insurance and utility rates are well below national levels.


The primary and secondary education systems are very progressive and reflect the state of Wisconsin's commitment to excellence in education. Bonduel, Bowler, Clintonville, Marion, Tigerton, Wittenberg-Birnamwood and the Menominee Indian High Schools are connected together via a fiber-optics telephone system providing audio and visual communication. It also links these schools via satellite to thousands of other schools across the U.S., Canada and Mexico. It is the first Interactive Distance Learning Project in the nation.

Just east of the county is the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, a Division I college, and Northeast Wisconsin Technical College with a satellite campus in Shawano. Northcentral Technical College serves the western part of the community with a campus in Wittenberg.

Health Care:

Primary and 24-hour emergency health care is available in Shawano at the ThedaCare Medical Center-Shawano, with Green Bay, Wausau and Appleton medical and hospital facilities less than an hour away. Five nursing homes serve the county. Shawano County also boasts of clinics in Shawano, Stockbridge-Munsee Indian Reservation, Wittenberg, Birnamwood and Tigerton.


Shawano County is a place where neighbors look out for one another and where communities are still small enough to take care of themselves. Plus, crime is well below the state average and is less than half the national average.