General Facts about Appleton, WI
- Population: 72,623 (as of 2010 census)
- Incorporated as a village in 1853 and as a city in 1857
- The Fox River runs through the heart of Appleton. The Fox River is unusual in that it flows north for its entire course. It exits into Lake Michigan at Green Bay about 30 miles to the north of Appleton.
- Lawrence is located adjacent to downtown Appleton, a vibrant community of 74,000 in which the city and the college benefit from one another. The Fox Cities, a cluster of 20 cities and towns along the Fox River with a combined population of more than 250,000, is one of the fastest growing metropolitan areas in the state and has consistently been named one of the best medium-size metropolitan areas in the nation, based on quality-of-life indicators.
One of CNN Money's "Best Places to Live - Small Cities" (ranked 96 out of 100)
45th on the Forbes list of 184 "Best Small Places for Business and Careers"
57th on the Milken Institute’s 179 "Best-Performing Cities”
- A few famous residents: Harry Houdini, escape artist and magician; Willem Dafoe, actor; Greta Van Susteren, news analyst; Maury Laws, music director; Edna Ferber, author; John Bradley, one of the soldiers raising the flag at Iwo Jima.