Forbes.com announced in October 2010 that Marshfield is one of the “Best Small Cities to Raise a Family” in America.
The prestigious website ranked the top 126 cities in the U.S. that have populations of 100,000 or less, and Marshfield was ranked No. 5. Forbes.com compiled its list by studying factors such as short commute times, percentage of adults with a high school degree, median household income, rate of home ownership and housing affordability.
“We never had to contact Forbes.com and say 'hey, look at us,' to get on this rankings list, which made the No. 5 recognition even better,” says Scott Larson, executive director of the Marshfield Area Chamber of Commerce & Industry. “For those of us who live and work in the Marshfield area, it was simply an affirmation of something we already know.”
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Larson points out that it's true that home ownership is high in the Marshfield area, and the homes are nice looking. Meanwhile, the city is above average with regard to household income.
“I think those are all testaments to the educational opportunities here, and a testament to our solid economy,” he says. “We are very professionally based. For example, large employers include Marshfield Clinic and Ministry St. Joseph's Hospital, and obviously there is a need for highly trained, highly educated people to staff those facilities.”
Larson adds that a convenient amenity in Marshfield is its central location, both in the state of Wisconsin and in the Midwest. It is easy to drive to the larger cities of Milwaukee, Madison, Green Bay, Eau Claire and La Crosse, and it's not overly taxing to drive to Chicago and the Twin Cities.
“As for education, we have some of the best K-12 schools in the nation, plus have post-secondary opportunities that are extraordinary as well,” he says. “Forbes.com got it right. Marshfield is a great city to raise a family.”
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