Life in the Fox Cities

The Appleton Area School District is located in Appleton, a community of 70,000, located about 100 miles north of Milwaukee and 30 miles south of Green Bay. 

East-central Wisconsin is comprised of 18 unique communities positioned along the scenic Fox River and Lake Winnebago. Appleton is the largest of and most diverse of the Fox Cities. Appleton is full of livable city neighborhoods spreading east and northeast until reaching farmland outside the city.

Living here blends the conveniences of urban living with stunning natural beauty, Midwest friendliness, a very affordable cost of living, and low crime rates, and high-ranking schools and universities.

  • Appleton was ranked #38 on a list of "2020 Top 100 Best Places to Live" by livability.com
  • Appleton was #15 of the "Best Cities to Live in Wisconsin for 2019"
  • Appleton was rated the 3rd-best city in the U.S. for children in 2017 by SmartAsset
  • Appleton was listed in the top ten “2015 Best Affordable Places to Live”
  • In 2014 Appleton was ranked one of the safest communities in the state
  • Appleton was #50 in a ranking of “Best Small Places for Business and Careers” by Forbes (only ranked below LaCrosse for Wisconsin representation)
 

Interested in seeing a slice of Appleton? Check out these videos by Lawrence University, located near downtown Appleton.

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Appleton serves as the heart of the Fox River Valley and is home to Lawrence University, the Fox Cities Exhibition Center, Fox Cities Performing Arts Center, Fox River Mall, Neuroscience Group Field at Fox Cities Stadium, Appleton International Airport, and the Valley's two major hospitals: St. Elizabeth Hospital and ThedaCare Regional Medical Center. It also hosts regional events such as Octoberfest and the Mile of Music.

Recreational Opportunities
Fishing is available year-round—by boat in the warmer months, and on ice in the winter. Our state parks and forests are open for hiking, biking, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, and scenic drives. We have access to 80 bicycle trails throughout the state. We camp and play golf in the summer and hunt in the fall. The city of Appleton has 24 neighborhood parks and four community parks in its park system.

The Arts
Wisconsin is rich with artistic opportunities, we have hundreds of museums and art galleries, along with venues for watching live theater performances or listening to live music. The state and our area are home to a wide variety of summer outdoor music festivals featuring country, rock, Christian, alternative performers, and more.

Travel
Madison, Milwaukee, and Chicago are within a few hours driving distances. Airports in both Appleton and Green Bay connect the Fox Cities to domestic and international destinations. 

Visit www.appleton.org to find out more about Appleton, the hometown of magician Harry Houdini, author Edna Ferber, and actor Willem Dafoe.