Howards Grove is a small, fast growing village (pop. 3,245) located amid rich farmland about six miles northwest of Sheboygan. Green Bay is one hour north and Milwaukee is one hour south of Howards Grove. It is primarily a residential community for people who work in the industry abundant Sheboygan area. New housing is continually being constructed in and around the village as people opt for rural living. The population increased by approximately 17% over the last decade.The village has two large parks with active recreational programs. Lake Michigan is only 10 minutes away, providing easy access to beaches, boating and fishing. Area parks and trails invite picnickers, hikers, bicyclists, cross-country skiers and snowmobilers.Community members are proud of their long-time commitment to education. Newcomers have found friendly, caring neighbors who take pride in their homes and schools. In Howards Grove, the schools are the gathering centers for the area.Opportunities for post-secondary and continuing education abound. Lakeshore Technical College in Cleveland and Northeast Technical College in Green Bay provide programs that meet today's technical job demands. Lakeland College, a private liberal arts college, is 3 miles west of Howards Grove. The University of Wisconsin has a two year center in Sheboygan. The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Marquette University are only an hour away. Other area schools include Concordia College, Marian College, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, and Lawrence University.