Appleton, WI, is a centrally located city in the larger Paper Valley region, close to Green Bay and just north of Lake Winnebago overlooking the Fox River. Appleton is the cultural heart of the Fox Cities, a lovely section of Wisconsin where woodsy trails link communities and supper clubs and live music and a shared love for the arts bring neighbors together. Appleton is one of the best places to live in the U.S. because of its safe neighborhoods, affordable homes and high-quality health care provided by three major regional hospital systems. One of the safest cities in Wisconsin with a low cost of living and growing entertainment and food scenes, Appleton is increasingly appealing to young families and young professionals.
The Fox Cities have a long tradition of paper making and printing, and other key industries include food processing and heavy transport manufacturing for the military, aerospace industry and emergency services.
Though the winters do get cold and snowy, people in Appleton have learned to embrace it and have found hundreds of ways to get outside and enjoy the season. The cold also makes residents that much more appreciative of warmer months. There’s rarely a summer day that passes without a concert, festival or market somewhere in Appleton, as the residents make the most of the spring and summer months.
Appleton also has a thriving arts and culture scene, with music festivals, a performing arts center that brings touring Broadway shows and the Trout Museum of Art. The area is known for its live music, ranging from a summer concert series to punk bands playing at pizzerias and guitarists strumming at coffee shops. There’s also a history museum in a castle where you can learn about one of Appleton’s most famed residents, Harry Houdini, and his legendary tricks.
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