Life in the Fox Cities

Life in the Fox Cities

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

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

It is a safe community offering many opportunities for participation in the arts and sports, as well as further study. Appleton International Airport and the Fox River Mall are just outside of Appleton. Many churches, organizations, and neighborhood parks help to make this a very nice area in which to live, work, and raise a family.

As the Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce says, "The Fox Cities is a thriving community where live music, art, creative place-making, and the entrepreneurial spirit seep into everything we do."

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



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 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 is home to a wide variety of summer outdoor music festivals featuring country, rock, Christian, alternative performers and more.

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

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

  • Appleton is #50 in a ranking of “Best Small Places for Business and Careers” by Forbes (only ranked below LaCrosse for Wisconsin representation)
  • Appleton is listed in the top ten “Best Affordable Places to Live”
  • In 2014 Appleton was ranked one of the safest communities in the state
  • Appleton is the ninth-best city in the U.S. for children
  • Appleton is #15 of the Best Cities to Live in Wisconsin for 2019

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