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A+ Appleton Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
B Appleton Cost of Living Cost of living is 7% lower than Wisconsin
8911% less expensive than the US average
964% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Appleton cost of living
B Appleton Crime Total crime is 15% lower than Wisconsin
Total crime
1,81934% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 5534% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-6%Year over year crime is down
Appleton crime
C Appleton Employment Household income is 1% lower than Wisconsin
Median household income
$53,8783% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$28,3695% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
3%39% lower than the US average
Appleton employment
C- Appleton Housing Home value is 17% lower than Wisconsin
Median home value
$137,80025% lower than the US average
Median rent price
$70526% lower than the US average
Home ownership
66%4% higher than the US average
Appleton real estate or Appleton rentals
C Appleton Schools HS graduation rate is 2% higher than Wisconsin
High school grad. rates
90%8% higher than the US average
School test scores
50%1% higher than the US average
Student teacher ratio
18:113% higher than the US average
Appleton K-12 schools or Appleton colleges

Living in Appleton, WI

Located in the state of Wisconsin, Appleton is a moderately-sized city with a population of 73,446 residents. With a population density of 3,004 people per square mile, Appleton is well above the nation's average density level. The majority of Appleton residents report their race to be White; this is followed by Asian and Black. If you are looking for a family friendly city, Appleton might be a good fit as 76% of the population over 15 years old are married, and 55% have kids who are 18 years old or younger.

If you’re considering moving to any new city, it could be a very intimidating task. However, it could also be a fulfilling experience if you are willing to get to know the area before actually living in Appleton, Wisconsin. Finding the best places to live in Appleton and nearby areas is a much easier task when you can rely on information and data from the livability score, which includes crime, cost of living, weather, education, housing and other important metrics.

Appleton has a livability score of 77 out of 100 and is ranked #69 in Wisconsin and #3,666 in the USA. Clearly, Appleton is doing something right, as this score ranks well above the average of most cities. Based on the grades for each individual category, Appleton has received high marks for amenities (A+), crime (B) and cost of living (B). Appleton does not rank well for the following: weather (F). It might be wise to take a closer look at each category to find out why.

Location, location, location - possibly the three most important words in your search for a new place to live. Fortunately, in Appleton, there is no shortage of amazing local amenities and interesting things to do. Here are some of the more popular things to do in Appleton: Fox Cities Performing Arts Center, The Building for Kids, and The History Museum at the Castle.

There are many factors that go into deciding if an area is the right fit for your lifestyle. Certain “must haves” like low crime, great schools and nearby amenities are all at the top of most people's lists. But before even considering if those options are available, most people will need to know if the real estate in Appleton is actually affordable. The median home price for Appleton homes is $137,800, which is 17.5% lower than the Wisconsin average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in Appleton, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 2.6, which is 16.1% lower than the Wisconsin average. Purchasing your new home can come with many financial benefits, some of which are more lucrative than others. Perhaps the most notable benefit could be the appreciation of your new home. Home appreciation rates are a good way to generate tax-free equity on a long term basis. The year over year appreciation rates in Appleton were 7.4%, and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 4.3%.

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Appleton, WI is the Center of North-East Wisconsin

I've lived in Appleton my entire life and have no desire to leave. Appleton offers the activities and events of a big city but maintains a close community feel. For example, if I spent an evening seeing a play at the massive Fox Cities Performing Arts Center I would surely see many familiar faces in the crowd. Then I could cross College Avenue and find myself on the infamous bar thoroughfare that is traveled to from all over the state, making it the most bustling nightlife spot in north-east Wisconsin. As the night turns to day, bar patrons clear the way for the weekly farmers market that runs every Saturday from June through October.

Only blocks away from the busy social center of Appleton, one can get lost in one of the many natural parks that line the Fox River. To get a better view of the river, climb up the hill and have a picnic on the grass on the Laurence University campus, renowned for being one of the nation's top music schools. Appleton hosts the area's largest mall, bar street, and number of performance centers so I have no reason motivation to leave my hometown.
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Source: The Appleton, WI data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
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