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You’ve spent countless weekends enjoying the natural beauty, thriving arts scene and renowned restaurants of Door County and now you want make that visit permanent. Sometimes lost in the hustle and bustle of summer is the fact that there is a tight knit community of fellow Door County lovers, making the area perfect for retirement, raising a family or starting your own business.
While you may have enjoyed staying at your favorite hotel in the same community for decades, you should explore the entire county before deciding where to settle down.
Sturgeon Bay offers the area’s largest and most lively year-round community with many of the amenities found in other cities. Communities in southern Door County offer a rural experience rich with cultural history and agriculture while still close to your favorite activities in the northern half of the county and just a short commute to the city of Green Bay.
Communities in the northern part of the county offer the quaint villages and natural beauty Door County is known for while maintaining a local group of residents that keep the area humming all year round. Of the northern communities, Sister Bay is the largest and has the most energetic year ‘round business base.
Five Reasons to Make Door County Home
What do we do in the winter?
Locals hear this question more than any other. But many people who move here quickly find themselves loving winter just as much as the rest of the year. Maybe even more. Not convinced? Check out this video to get a better idea of everything a Door County winter has to offer.
Things to Know Before You Move
Cable internet isn’t a given. Depending on where you live, you may not have access to cable television, as it is primarily available along Highways 57 and 42. Thankfully Door County entrepreneurs have come up with creative solutions to cover most of the county with internet access through wireless line of site. Explore your internet options.
Gym life. Door County is home to an increasing array of workout options from small box gyms to 24-hour access chain gyms. You’ll also find a number of yoga studios, and two beautiful Door County YMCA facilities in Sturgeon Bay and Fish Creek.
Have pets? Familiarize yourself with your Door County options for groomers, doggy daycare, and kennels here>>
Can you hear me now? Cell coverage is solid throughout the county, but due to the towering bluffs around the peninsula there are some spots where coverage is spotty. If connectivity is vital to your life or job, check with local providers to find out where trouble spots are.
While the Door County peninsula and island are treasured as vacation destinations, they're also known for their thriving business climate, which is energized by local, regional and global companies. People like the way business is done here, in a relaxed atmosphere enhanced by extraordinary natural beauty. Door County Economic Development Corporation (DCEDC) partners with entrepreneurs to help build successful businesses throughout the area.
If you are interested in starting or relocating a company on the peninsula or Washington Island, DCEDC can assist you with finding the perfect location, financing, incentives and other information to help your Door County business thrive. The quarterly Business By Nature e-newsletter from DCEDC will give you brief local business news stories, valuable insight, inspiration, and other important information on starting or relocating a business in the area. Sign up today.
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