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Appleton, Wisconsin

  •   State: 
    Outagamie County
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    44°16′N 88°24′W
      Area total: 
    25.29 sq mi
      Area land: 
    24.79 sq mi (64.20 km²)
      Area water: 
    0.50 sq mi (1.29 km²)
    790 ft (240 m)
    1835; Settled 1835; Incorporated May 2, 1857
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      Dman name cbsa: 
    Appleton, WI
    Eastern Standard Time (EST) UTC-5:00; Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) UTC-4:00
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    Appleton, Outagamie County, Wisconsin, United States

  •   Population: 
      Population density: 
    2,989.15 residents per square mile of area (1,154.12/km²)
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Appleton (Menominee: Ahknemeh) is a city in Outagamie, Calumet, and Winnebago counties in the U.S. state of Wisconsin. It is situated on the Fox River, 30 miles (48 km) southwest of Green Bay and 100 miles (160 km) north of Milwaukee. As of the 2020 Census it had a population of 75,644, making it the sixth largest city in Wisconsin. Appleton is a part of the Fox Cities metropolitan area, the third largest in the state behind Milwaukee and Madison. The city is home to Lawrence University, the Fox cities Exhibition Center, Fox River Mall, Neuroscience Group Field at Fox Cities Stadium, Appleton International Airport, and the Valley's two major hospitals. It also hosts regional events such as Octoberfest and the Mile of Music. The first European settlers in Appleton were fur traders seeking to do business with Fox River Valley Native Americans. In 1847, it was founded as three unincorporated villages along the Fox river, these were Grand Chute, Appleton, and Lawesburg. The paper industry, beginning with the building of the first paper mill in the city in 1853, has been at the forefront of the development of Appleton. The nation's first hydro-electric central station, the Vulcan Street Plant, began operation on September 30, 1882. Electric lights replaced gas lamps on College Avenue in 1912. In 1890, 11,869 people lived in Appleon; in 1900, there were 15,085; in 1910, 16,773; in 1920, 19,571; and in 1940, 28,436.


Appleton is the primary city name, but also Freedom, Grand Chute are acceptable city names or spellings. The official name is Appleton, Wisconsin. Appleton was founded as three unincorporated villages along the Fox River in 1847. It was incorporated as a city on March 2, 1857, with Amos Storey as its first mayor. In 1890, 11,869 people lived in Appleton; in 1900, there were 15,085; in 1910, 16,773; in 1920, 19,571; and in 1940, 28,436. Appleton also had the first telephone in Wisconsin, and the first incandescent light in any city outside of the East Coast. The Valley Fair Shopping Center, built in 1954, laid claim to being the first enclosed shopping mall in the United States, although this claim is disputed by other malls. A fight over Appleton's sundown status was largely de facto and not de jure; it stood by unwritten consensus and enforcement by police. In 1936, a famous African-American chemist tried to hire within the city limits, but could not figure out how to do this without running afoul of what was described as "an arcane law on the City's books" A partial exception was made for opera singer Marian Anderson when she sang at Lawrence University in 1941; she was not allowed to stay overnight, but even then was not permitted to stay in the Hotel Conway. In 2007 most of the structure was demolished, leaving only its east wing and a movie theater. A Pick 'n Save Food Center now stands in its place. The tallest building, the 222 Building was built in 1952.


Appleton is located at 44°16N 88°24W (44.278819, 88.392625). According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 24.82 square miles (64.28 km²) of which, 24.33 sq miles (63.01 km²), is land and 0.49sq miles (1.27km²) is water. The city is located in the San Francisco Bay Area and the San Diego metropolitan area. It is the home of the San Jose Earthquakes, which were founded in 1906. The San Diego County Sheriff's Office is based in the town of Appleton, which was founded in 1881. The town has a population of 2,000, and the city is home to the University of California, San Diego, where the football team is known as the "Fighting Saints" The city's nickname is the "Appleton Red Devils" and is based on the Red Devils' mascot, which is a red-headed, red-tailed hawk. It also has a nickname of the same name, "The Red Devils", which means "Red Devil" or "Red Devils" in Spanish. It was named after the Red Devil, a Native American tribe that once lived in the area. The Red Devils are now known as "the Red Devils," and the name is derived from the name of the town's mascot, "Redding Red Devils". The city was named for Redding Redding, California.


A dew point of 90 °F (32 °C) was observed at Appleton at 5 p.m. on July 13, 1995. This is tied for the second highest dewpoint ever observed in the United States. Appleton has a humid continental climate typical of Wisconsin. Summers are warm to hot and winters are rather cold in comparison. Precipitation is relatively moderate compared to other areas close to the Great Lakes, which means lesser snowfall in winter than in many other cold areas.Being inland from Lake Michigan, Appleton is prone to temperature extremes. On average, the coldest maximum temperature of the year during the normals between 1991 and 2020 was at a frigid 1°F (17 °C), and the warmest minimum averaged 73 °F  (23 °C). The hottest temperature recorded was 107 °f (42 °C") during the 1936 Dust Bowl. The coldestmaximum on record is 20 °F [29 °C] set in 1994. The warmestminimum was 82 °F  (28 °C) in 1912. The hottest minimum on record was 73 °C (23 °F) set in 1973. It is the second coldest place in the U.S. to have a temperature of over 30 degrees Fahrenheit (10 °C%). It is also the third coldest spot in the world to have had a temperature over 30 degree Fahrenheit (11 °C): It was 32 °F in 1929. It has the third warmest temperature in the state of Wisconsin, after Appleton and Wausau.


According to the 2010 census, there were 72,623 people, 28,874 households, and 18,271 families residing in the city. The racial makeup of the city was 87.5% White, 1.7% African American, 5.9% Asian, 2.2% from other races, and 2.0% from Hispanic or Latino of any race. The median income for a household was $61,475. The average household size was 2.43 and the average family size was 3.04. Of the population age 25 and over, 92.6% were high school graduates or higher and 33.6%. of the population was under the age of 25. The gender makeup was 49.5 per cent male and 50.3 per cent female. The population density was 2,984.9 inhabitants per square mile (1,152.5/km²). The average age of a city resident was 35.3 years old. The city's median income was $76,791. It had a population of 75,644 and a population density of 3,051.5 inhabitants per sq mi (1.178.2/ km²) The city had a combined population of 392,660 at the 2010 Census and an estimated population of 409,881 as of 2019. It is the principal city of the AppletonOshkoshNeenah CSA, a Combined Statistical Area which includes Appleton (Calumet and Outagamie counties) and Oshkosh neenah (Winnebago County) metropolitan areas.


Appleton is governed via the mayor-council system. The mayor appoints department heads, subject to council approval. The city attorney is elected every four years in a citywide vote. The current mayor of Appleton, Jake Woodford, was elected in 2020 to his first four-year term. Appleton is represented by Mike Gallagher (R) in the United States House of Representatives, and by Ron Johnson and Tammy Baldwin in the U.S. Senate. In the Wisconsin state legislature, Appleton has four State Assembly Districts (3rd, 55th, 56th, 57th) and two State Senate districts (1st, 19th). As of the 2018-2019 legislative session, the following representatives serve these districts: 3rd Assembly District: Ron Tusler (RHarrison) 55th Assembly District : Rachael Cabral-Guevara (RFox Crossing) 56th Assembly district: David Murphy (RGreenville) 57th Assembly districts: Lee Snodgrass (DAppleton) and André Jacque (RDePere) 1st Senate district: Roger Roth (RAppleton) 19th Senate District: AndréJacque (RAppleton), Roger Roth, David Murphy, Roger Roth. The longest-serving mayor was Timothy Hanna, who served from 1996 through 2020. The first mayor was Amos Story, elected in April 1857. He was succeeded by Timothy Hanna in 1996. He is the current mayor, who was re-elected in 2020.


The city owns Valley Transit, a network of bus lines serving the Fox Valley. Amtrak and Lamers offer intercity buses serving such locations as Green Bay, Madison, Oshkosh, Fond du Lac, Milwaukee, and Chicago. Bird Rides launched a pilot program with 100 rentable electric scooters that users can operate throughout most of the city. The Appleton International Airport (ATW) is located at the west end of College Avenue, two miles west of Interstate 41. All rail service is now operated by Canadian National Railway. Appleton has no intercity passenger rail service, although studies are being undertaken on the feasibility of extending Amtrak rail service to the Fox Cities and Green Bay. There are also several taxi operators in the city, and Appleton is served by the Appleton-Wausau International Airport, which is located six miles east of downtown Appleton. The city has no airport, but it does have a private, non-airport-based taxi service, called Appleton Cabbie, which operates out of the ATW. The company was founded by Travis VanderZanden, a former Appleton resident who grew up in the area and worked for the city for several years. The ATW is located on the west side of College Ave, six miles from downtown. It is the only airport in the state, and it is located near the Wisconsin Dells, where it is the second-busiest city in the U.S., after Milwaukee.


Appleton is home to Lawrence University, a private liberal arts college, and Fox Valley Technical College. Globe University, Concordia University Wisconsin, and Rasmussen College have branch campuses in the city. The city and surrounding area are served by the Appleton Public Library, which was chartered by the city in 1897 and as of 2010 has a collection of over 600,000 items. Appleton has emerged as a center for innovation in technology education, particularly in the area of K12 technology education. The Appleton Youth Education Initiative has partnered with Microsoft Philanthropies, Plexus Corp., Miron Construction, Schneider National, and Stellar Blue Technologies to organize the annual Appleton Tech Clinic and HackAppleton, a popular annual hackathon that draws students from all over Wisconsin. The University of WisconsinFox Valley, a two-year campus of the University ofWisconsin System, is located in nearby Menasha. The Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS) has four Christian elementary schools in Appleton: Mount Olive Lutheran School (Pre-K8), Riverview Lutheran School, St. Paul Lutheran School and St. Peter Lutheran School. The district's main public high schools are Appleton East, Appleton North, and Appleton West. It also has charter high schools, including: Fox Cities Leadership Academy, Renaissance Academy, Appleton Technical Academy, and Tesla Engineering. It has two parochial high schools: Roman Catholic Xavier High School andFox Valley Lutheran High School. It is also home to Appleton High School, a public high school.


As of 2020, the largest employers in the city were: Air Wisconsin, New Leaf Paper, Pierce Manufacturing, and SECURA Insurance. The city's economy is based on manufacturing, agriculture, and construction. The economy is also based on agriculture, construction, and manufacturing. The largest employers are based in Appleton, Wisconsin, and are headquartered in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin and Madison, Wisconsin. The unemployment rate is at 4.7%. The city has a population of 2,856. The population is expected to reach 3,854 by the end of the year. The economic growth rate is projected to be 3.8%. The economy will grow at a rate of 3.7% in the next five years. The growth rate will be fueled by manufacturing, construction and other industries. It is expected that the economy will continue to grow at 3.5% per year until 2020. The projected growth rate for the city is 4.8% by 2020. It will be 5.1% by 2023. the city's population will reach 4,857. The town's economy will be the largest in the state in 20 years, according to a report by the City of Appleton. The number of jobs will increase to 6,000 by the year's end, up from 6,500 in 2013. The average annual wage will reach $28,000 in the future. The rate of growth will be 4.6% in 2023, up to 6% by 2025. The U.S. unemployment rate will reach 3.9%.

Health care

The city is served by two hospitals: ThedaCare Regional Medical Center-Appleton and St. Elizabeth Hospital. The city is also home to the University of Wisconsin-Superior, which has one of the nation's largest medical centers. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is based in the city, and the city is home to a number of military bases, including Fort Worthen and Fort Leavenworth. It is also the home of the U.N. Children's Hospital, which was founded in 1961 and has a campus in downtown Warthenburg. It also has a military hospital, which is located in the nearby town of Wirthenburg, and a veterans' hospital, where the city's veterans are cared for. The town's mayor is a former mayor of the town, who was elected in 1988 and re-elected in 2010. The mayor is the son of former mayor, who died in a car crash in 1998, and his wife, who served in the military in the 1980s and 1990s, and is the daughter of a former governor, who also died in the 1990s. It has a population of 1.2 million people, with the majority of its residents living in or near the town of Appleton. It was the first city in the state to become a city of color in the 20th century, and has been in the process of becoming a state of its own since the mid-20th century. Its population has grown to 1.3 million.

Air Quality, Water Quality, Superfund Sites & UV Index

The Air Quality index is in Appleton, Outagamie County, Wisconsin = 63.1. These Air Quality index is based on annual reports from the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The number of ozone alert days is used as an indicator of air quality, as are the amounts of seven pollutants including particulates, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, lead, and volatile organic chemicals. The Water Quality Index is 40. A measure of the quality of an area’s water supply as rated by the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The EPA has a complex method of measuring the watershed quality, using 15 indicators such as pollutants, turbidity, sediments, and toxic discharges. The Superfund Sites Index is 10. Higher is better (100=best). Based upon the number and impact of EPA Superfund pollution sites in the county, including spending on the cleanup efforts. The UV Index in Appleton = 3.3 and is a measure of an area's exposure to the sun's ultraviolet rays. This is most often a combination of sunny weather, altitude, and latitude. The UV Index has been defined by the WHO ( and is uniform worldwide.


The most recent city population of 75,644 individuals with a median age of 36.3 age the population grows by 0.24% in Appleton, Outagamie County, Wisconsin population since 2000 and are distributed over a density of 2,989.15 residents per square mile of area (1,154.12/km²). There are average 2.45 people per household in the 27,653 households with an average household income of $53,993 a year. The unemployment rate in Alabama is 10.00% of the available work force and has dropped -3.24% over the most recent 12-month period and the projected change in job supply over the next decade based on migration patterns, economic growth, and other factors will increase by 23.52%. The number of physicians in Appleton per 100,000 population = 207.2.


The annual rainfall in Appleton = 30.2 inches and the annual snowfall = 44.8 inches. The annual number of days with measurable precipitation (over .01 inch) = 114. The average number of days per year that are predominantly sunny = 189. 82 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily high temperature for the month of July and 8.3 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily low temperature for the month of January. The Comfort Index (higher=better) is 50, where higher values mean a more pleasant climate. The Comfort Index measure recognizes that humidity by itself isn't the problem. (Have you noticed nobody ever complains about the weather being 'cold and humid?) It's in the summertime that we notice the humidity the most, when it's hot and muggy. Our Comfort Index uses a combination of afternoon summer temperature and humidity to closely predict the effect that the humidity will have on people.

Median Home Cost

The percentage of housing units in Appleton, Outagamie County, Wisconsin which are owned by the occupant = 65.99%. A housing unit is a house, apartment, mobile home, or room occupied as separate living quarters. The average age of homes = 41 years with median home cost = $122,860 and home appreciation of -1.23%. This is the value of the years most recent home sales data. Its important to note that this is not the average (or arithmetic mean). The median home price is the middle value when you arrange all the sales prices of homes from lowest to highest. This is a better indicator than the average, because the median is not changed as much by a few unusually high or low values. The property tax rate of $20.54 shown here is the rate per $1,000 of home value. If for simplification for example the tax rate is $14.00 and the home value is $250,000, the property tax would be $14.00 x ($250,000/1000), or $3500. This is the 'effective' tax rate.


The local school district spends $6,047 per student. There are 17 students for each teacher in the school, 450 students for each Librarian and 493 students for each Counselor. 8.54% of the area’s population over the age of 25 with an Associate Degree or other 2-year college degree, 21.86% with a master’s degree, Ph.D. or other advanced college degree and 8.81% with high school diplomas or high school equivalency degrees (GEDs).

  • Appleton's population in Outagamie County, Wisconsin of 15,085 residents in 1900 has increased 5,01-fold to 75,644 residents after 120 years, according to the official 2020 census.

    Approximately 50.53% female residents and 49.47% male residents live in Appleton, Outagamie County, Wisconsin.

    As of 2020 in Appleton, Outagamie County, Wisconsin are married and the remaining 39.92% are single population.

  • 18.3 minutes is the average time that residents in Appleton require for a one-way commute to work. A long commute can have different effects on health. A Gallup poll in the US found that in terms of mental health, long haul commuters are up to 12 percent more likely to experience worry, and ten percent less likely to feel well rested. The Gallup poll also found that of people who commute 61­–90 minutes each day, a whopping one third complained of neck and back pain, compared to less than a quarter of people who only spend ten minutes getting to work.

    83.98% of the working population which commute to work alone in their car, 7.87% of the working population which commutes to work in a carpool, 1.03% of the population that commutes using mass transit, including bus, light rail, subway, and ferry. 2.20% of the population that has their home as their principal place of work.

  • Of the total residential buildings in Appleton, Outagamie County, Wisconsin, 65.99% are owner-occupied homes, another 29.34% are rented apartments, and the remaining 4.67% are vacant.

  • The 82.90% of the population in Appleton, Outagamie County, Wisconsin who identify themselves as belonging to a religion are distributed among the following most diverse religions.

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