Nineteen communities along the Fox River make up the Fox Cities, one of Wisconsin's fastest growing areas with more than 236,000 residents. A unique mixture of urban style and small town warmth make the Fox Cities a great place to meet, play, shop and stay.
The communities of the Fox Cities are:
Counties: Outagamie, Calumet, Winnebago
Population (2010 Census): 72,623
The heart of Wisconsin's Fox Cities, Appleton is a community known for its quality of life. A bustling economy, low crime rate and bountiful recreational opportunities make Appleton a great place to live and visit. Appleton's eclectic downtown is home to many specialty retail shops, fine dining and a wide array of ethnic eateries. At the east end of downtown is Lawrence University, a leading liberal arts college that attracts students from around the world.
Appleton was home to escape artist Harry Houdini and celebrated author Edna Ferber. The History Museum at the Castle in Appleton highlights the lives of both in permanent displays. Another Appleton attraction is the Hearthstone Historic House Museum, the world's first home to be lit by a hydroelectric center.
Population(2010 Census): 15,462
The City of Kaukauna is located on the picturesque Fox River between the waters of Green Bay and Lake Winnebago. The ever-flowing Fox River provides Kaukauna with outstanding scenery and fishing opportunities, as well as making it a key papermaking city.
The community offers many fine attractions such as 1000 Islands Environmental Center, a 320 acre nature and education preserve, the historic Grignon Mansion, home to Kaukauna pioneer and fur trader Charles Grignon, many fine shops and restaurants, and a trail system that features a nine piece bronze sculpture garden and the Fox Locks Heritage Trail.
County: Winnebago, Calumet
Population (2010 Census): 17,353
Located on the north shore of Wisconsin's largest inland lake, Menasha enjoys a beautiful waterfront setting. This navigable waterway running through the heart of Menasha provides recreational opportunities for residents and visitors alike. Waterpower afforded by the Fox River helped establish Menasha as an industrial center in the mid to late 19th century. Its industrial heritage carries through to today with the paper industry providing the economic underpinnings of the city and the area.
Menasha retains elements of its historic character in a rejuvenated downtown and has reoriented itself to the waterfront with an 87-slip marina.
Impressive community parks and the newly developed Heckrodt Wetland Reserve reflect the city's commitment to providing opportunities for everyone to enjoy its abundant resources.
Population (2010 Census): 25,501
Whether you're looking for a place to live or do business, Neenah offers something special for everyone. The metro area's business climate has earned it the ranking of third best market for business development among all small metropolitan areas in the nation.
Neenah's nationally recognized historic downtown is a delightful, friendly place to shop. At the end of downtown, historic mansions of area paper barons surround Riverside Park and Kimberly Point Park offering a spectacular architectural walking tour along Lake Winnebago and the Fox River. The Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass, former home to the paper industry's Bergstrom family, houses the world's largest collection of glass paperweights as well as featuring traveling displays.
Population (2010 Census): 3,328
Combined Locks is the smallest incorporated community in the Fox Cities with a quality of life unique to the area. It is considered a quiet, peaceful "bedroom community" yet is the proud home of two of the area's most dynamic employers - U.S. Oil and Appleton, Inc.
It is growing rapidly yet retains ample acreage of wooded and ravine filled parklands to insure tranquil green spaces in an ever-expanding urban environment.
It is a small community made up of caring people . . . and a great place to live.
Founded: 2016 (Formerly the Town of Menasha, founded in 1854)
Population (2010 Census): 18,498
Thriving on the picturesque banks of Little Lake Butte des Morts, the Town of Menasha "bridges" the Fox Cities into the future.
Home to several Fortune 500 companies, the Town's dynamic growth affords its residents the charm and amenities of small town life in an urban setting.
The Town's low tax rate allows for various housing opportunities and superior municipal services, including a nationally accredited police department and top-ten ranked statewide fire department.
With over 200 acres of pristine parkland, miles of paved pedestrian/bicycle trails, including the Fox Cities Trestle, the Town offers year-round recreational activities for the entire family.
At the center of several new transportation corridors, including US Highway 10 and County Highway CB, the Town is an ideal location for residential and commercial development.
A progressive community with a proud past, the Town always encourages quality development to preserve what the residents and businesses expect as their high quality of life.
Population (2010 Census): 10,839
The Village of Harrison is located on the northeast shore of Lake Winnebago and represents one of the fastest growing areas of the Fox Cities. Its ideal location near the lake makes it desirable for residential and commercial development.
The Town of Harrison was chartered in 1853, at which time the township was known as the Town of Lima. Since that first Town meeting on the "Pratt" farm south of Sherwood, the Village of Harrison has become a thriving community of 5037 residents in 2000. Census information received recently indicates that the current population is now approximately 7389 individuals. Harrison encompasses some 30 square miles of land and 80 miles of town roads.
Population (2012 Census): 2,711
The area now occupied by the Village of Hortonville was once home to the Sac, Fox and Ho-Chunk peoples. European control of the area was first documented as part of the Northwest Territory in 1789 which was succeeded by the Wisconsin Territory in 1836. The Village was founded in 1848 and named after its first settler, Alonzo E. Horton (1813-1909), who later was one of the founders and developers of San Diego, CA. In 1873, Hortonville was serviced by its first railroad and was also the site of one of the first match light factories in the world. On August 11, 1894, Hortonville was incorporated as a village.
Home to Outagamie County's only lake, the Village of Hortonville is a growing place of friendly people with a strong work ethic, a place of safe neighborhoods and affordable housing, a place in close proximity to excellent learning and medical facilities, a place near bountiful shopping opportunities and unlimited recreational and sightseeing opportunities.
Population: (2010 Census): 6,468
Kimberly offers the surrealism of life along the banks of the Fox River in a suburban setting that has maintained its small town atmosphere in the "Heart of the Fox Cities." One of the largest parks in the Fox Cities, Sunset Point Park, is a frequent host to the International Softball Congress (ISC) World Tournament as well as home to the Kimberly Amphitheatre, nature trails, boat landings and passive recreation areas.
The quality of life has gained Kimberly a reputation for excellent housing, quality schools and a thriving community located in the heart of the Fox Cities.
Prosperity and growth abound in this picturesque community whose citizens continue to work together to maintain their reputation as "The Progressive Community."
Population (2010 Census): 10,449
Nestled in the heart of the Fox Cities, just east of Appleton, the village of Little Chute combines a pleasant small-town atmosphere with all the amenities of a larger metropolitan area.
The village is blessed with an abundance of natural resources - including the historic Fox River on its southern border.
While larger cities are just a short drive away, the Village of Little Chute offers a wonderful quality of life and is truly "on the river and on the way."
Population (2010 Census): 2,713
Sherwood, nestled between the rolling green farmlands of Calumet County and the sparkling waters of Lake Winnebago, is overlooked by the exposed Niagara Escarpment which offers a pleasant view of the area. Sherwood features a dynamic community of retail, agricultural, and recreational businesses, with a wide selection
Abundant open space, two golf courses, a state park, towering cliffs, rich history, 137,000 acre Lake Winnebago, miles of paved and unpaved walking, bicycling, and horseback trails are some of accoutrements available to guests and residents of the Village of Sherwood.
Population (2010 Census): 6,755
The Town of Buchanan was established in January 1858 at an adjourned session of the County Board of Outagamie County. The resolution creating the new town provided that the first annual meeting be held at the local schoolhouse. Buchanan's name derived from then president James Buchanan.
The town continues to be one of the fastest growing residential and commercial areas in Outagamie County.
Population (2010 Census): 3,951
One of the fastest growing communities in the Fox Cities, the Town of Clayton marks the western boundary of the area. Beautiful residential development and the WIOUWASH Recreational Trail add to Clayton's appeal.
Population (2010 Census): 5,842
Located halfway between Green Bay and Appleton, the Town of Freedom was formed in 1852 and soon after settled by the Irish, Dutch and German. Named by a grateful runaway slave, Freedom was originally called "Sangola" an Indian name meaning "good morning." Historically a small, successful farming community Freedom is now a booming residential area.
Population (2010 Census): 20,919
The Town of Grand Chute combines he charm of a rural community with the amenities of a larger urban area. With U.S. Highway 41 intersecting the town, Grand Chute is the commercial hub of the Fox Cities. The Fox River Mall, with over 1 million square feet of shopping space is the largest shopping center in the State north of Milwaukee. In and around the Highway 41 corridor are a variety of shopping, dining, entertainment and indoor recreational opportunities.
For family entertainment, Grand Chute offers Fox Cities Stadium, home of the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, the Milwaukee Brewers' Class "A" minor league affiliate. Grand Chute also features a variety of outdoor recreational opportunities such as disc golf at Plamann Park and Bubolz Nature Preserve - a 600-acre environmental center.
Whether you are looking for the relaxation of a small town or something more exciting, the Town of Grand Chute has it for you.
Population (2010 Census): 10,309
Town of Greenville, located west of Grand Chute is the fastest growing commercial area of the state, while retaining its rich farming heritage.
Greenville is home to the Outagamie County Airport (ATW), and is currently developing a 58-acre family recreation area featuring a Wisconsin agricultural theme.
Historic buildings such as the Greenville Grange now serve as a community gathering place and the former train station and hotel has been transformed into the Greenville Station restaurant.
Population (2010 Census): 3,237
Rustic, quaint and semi-rural are the adjectives best describing the Town of Neenah. The Town's fields, meadows, lakefront and wetlands lend to the Green Belt running on both sides of the City of Neenah.
Neighborhoods evolving along the shores of Lake Winnebago possess unique characteristics contributing to the Town's rural feel. Winding and rustic roads host a variety of activities from hiking to biking.
Population (2010 Census): 1,474
The Town of Vandenbroek is located along Hwy. 41 nestled between Kaukauna and Little Chute. The township, founded in 1902, is named after Father Van den Broek, a Dutch priest who came to America in 1832 and settled in what later became the Village of Little Chute.
Today the Town of Vandenbroek encompasses 89 square miles of farmland and continues to experience steady growth.
Population (2010 Census): 980
The Town of Woodville is located at the north end of Calumet County. A portion of the Village of Hilbert lies in Woodville, as does all of the unincorporated communities of St. John and Dundas. Woodville is proud of its agricultural activity and its open landscape.