Appleton, Wisconsin, was incorporated in 1853. The city of over 72,000 is a part of the counties of Winnebago, Calumet, and Outagamie. Some interesting places in Appleton are the Trout Museum of Art, Fox City Performing Arts Center, the History Museum at the Castle, Lawrence University and Fox River Mall.
According to a recent study, Appletons largest employers were as follows: Thrivent Financial for Lutherans is the largest employer in the city, employing about 1,831 persons. Appleton Area School District employs 1,690 persons living in and around the district. Appleton has 1,535 persons on their payroll. Miller Electric has 1,300 employees serving the community of Appleton. Outgamie County provides jobs for 1,243 persons. Appleton Medical Center has 1,230 employees. St. Elizabeth Hospital has about 1,037 staff members. West Business Services has about 1,000 persons working. Valley Packaging Industries and Voith Chips are other major employers.
Appleton is a fun town that likes to celebrate important dates, but it also likes to have a party for really no reason at all. A great example of this is the Halfway to St. Pat's Day held in September at McGuinness Irish Pub on Walnut St. Late September sees Oktoberfest come to downtown Appleton and there is a classic car cruise. The Appleton Downtown Christmas Parade is the largest nighttime parade in the Midwest. The 2012 edition drew more than 80,000 people. Art on the Town runs the third Friday of each month in downtown from June through September and highlights art displays but also features live music and fun food.
Appleton is a very livable city, in spite of the harsh winters. The quality of life is such that people are drawn to put down roots. Strong feelings of community are evident from the people who live here, but that doesn't mean they aren't welcoming to newcomers. Here's a look at some of the neighborhoods.
Darboy - Midway: Centered around Darboy Park and along the south edge of the city above Lake Winnebago, this part of town features a mix of single-family homes, condos, and some apartment rentals. It goes north to Highway 441.
Bell Heights - Highland Park: This community south of Highland Memorial Park offers a mix of older homes and small multi-unit complexes that are generally quite affordable.
Apple Creek: The large Appleton North High School is in this community that reaches from Highway 41 on the south and North Meade Street on the west, going outward toward the suburbs and farmland.
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