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Appleton, Wisconsin

Appleton is a city in the U.S. state of Wisconsin. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 70,087. It is the county seat of Outagamie County, but extends into both Calumet County and Winnebago County.

Appleton was the childhood home of both magician Harry Houdini and Iwo Jima flag-raiser John Bradley, and is the birthplace of actor Willem Dafoe. Sen. Joseph McCarthy, who was born nearby in Grand Chute, Wisconsin, is buried in Appleton. Appleton also had the first telephone in all Wisconsin and the first incandescent light in any city beyond the East Coast.



Appleton is located at 44°15'56" North, 88°24'6" West (44.265536, -88.401655)1.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 55.3 km² (21.4 mi²). 54.1 km² (20.9 mi²) of it is land and 1.2 km² (0.5 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 2.20% water.


As of the census2 of 2000, there are 70,087 people, 26,864 households, and 17,676 families residing in the city. The population density is 1,296.0/km² (3,355.9/mi²). There are 27,736 housing units at an average density of 512.9/km² (1,328.0/mi²). The racial makeup of the city is 91.48% White, 0.99% African American, 0.57% Native American, 4.61% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 1.05% from other races, and 1.27% from two or more races. 2.53% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 26,864 households out of which 35.0% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.9% are married couples living together, 8.7% have a female householder with no husband present, and 34.2% are non-families. 27.6% of all households are made up of individuals and 9.1% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.52 and the average family size is 3.13.

In the city the population is spread out with 27.4% under the age of 18, 9.7% from 18 to 24, 31.8% from 25 to 44, 19.7% from 45 to 64, and 11.3% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 34 years. For every 100 females there are 96.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 93.7 males.

The median income for a household in the city is $47,285, and the median income for a family is $57,097. Males have a median income of $40,459 versus $25,890 for females. The per capita income for the city is $22,478. 5.5% of the population and 3.3% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 7.1% of those under the age of 18 and 4.8% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.

Educational Institutions

Lawrence University, a private liberal arts college, is located in Appleton on the shores of the Fox River.

University of Wisconsin - Fox Valley, a two-year collegiate campus of the University of Wisconsin System.

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