Moving to Appleton, WI

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Should you move to Appleton, WI?

Appleton, WI is home to 243,147 residents. Over the past decade, Appleton has seen an increase in population of 0.42%, making it #132 out of 392 US Metros in population growth.

The primary occupations in Appleton, WI are Management, business, science, and arts occupations, followed by Sales and office occupations, earning a median revenue of $44,799. The median household income in Appleton, WI is $74,331, ranking it #71.

Taking household income and the median home price of $396,825 into consideration, Appleton, WI received a home affordability grade of B.

Who is Appleton, WI for?

Based on the aged population, plus factors like weather and affordability, Appleton is Not great for retirees. Families are 65.2% of households, which is one consideration for why this Metro is great for families —  B grade — and okay for singles — scoring a C.

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How Does Appleton Rank?

D
Retirement
F
Diversity
C
Professionals
B
Raising a Family
B
Affordable Living

Who Lives in Appleton?

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Total Population

243,147

10-Year Change

0.42%

F
Diversity Grade
White alone
86.7%
Black or African American alone
1.1%
American Indian and Alaska Native alone
0.8%
Asian alone
3.9%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone
0%
Hispanic or Latino
4.9%

Total Households

98,164

Per Household

2.45

Men vs. Women
Female 49.8%
D
Retirement
B
Raising a Family
Under 5 years
5.6%
Under 18 years
23.2%
Over 65 years
15.8%

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Housing in Appleton

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Total Households

Own vs. Rent

Own 70.5%
Rent 29.5%

Typical Age of Homes

1980 to 1999

Common Residence Type

single-family homes

Median Home Price (Q1 2023)

$396,825

Median Square Footage

1,843

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Monthly Mortgage (Median)

$1,444

Annual Property Taxes (Median)

$3,398

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Cost of Living in Wisconsin

How Does Wisconsin Compare?

23
in Cost of Living
31
in Minimum Wage
22
in Living Wage

Wisconsin State Taxes

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Should you move to Wisconsin?

Wisconsin, the Badger State, is a place of friendly people, diverse landscapes, and a deep love for cheese and beer. Known for its dairy industry, rich cultural heritage, and vibrant sporting scene, Wisconsin offers a welcoming and community-oriented lifestyle.

Wisconsin’s economy is driven by manufacturing, healthcare, and agriculture, with a special emphasis on dairy farming. Its major cities, such as Milwaukee and Madison, offer an attractive mix of urban development and cultural attractions, from the Harley-Davidson Museum to the annual Summerfest music festival.

Living in Wisconsin offers a variety of experiences. From sailing on Lake Michigan, hiking in the scenic Kettle Moraine State Forest, exploring the bustling farmers markets, or cheering on the Packers in Green Bay, Wisconsin’s appeal lies in its balance of outdoor adventure and cultural enrichment. Education is highly prioritized, with strong public schools and renowned universities like the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

If you’re seeking a state that values community, nature, and a hard-working, yet fun-loving spirit, Wisconsin could be your perfect destination. Just be prepared for cold winters and the state’s fondness for cheese and bratwurst!

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Appleton Economy

The industries, jobs, and economics of the Metro

Median Household Income

$74,331

US Average $74,580

Per Capita Income

$39,291

How does Appleton compare?

Primary Occupations

Management, business, science, and arts occupations

Secondary Occupations

Sales and office occupations

Is Appleton Safe?

How much crime is in the Metro?

Total Crimes (2022)

9434

Crime Rate

Per 100,000 residents

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