Appleton is at the hub of the Fox Cities and its largest community. The history of the city mirrors that of Lawrence University as the two grew up simultaneously. Lawrence University was chartered in 1847 and a main benefactor was Samuel Appleton. In appreciation, his name was given to the community. Appleton’s downtown area, bolstered by the new Fox Cities Performing Arts Center, is a center for entertainment, recreation and diverse commercial and professional businesses.
Location: North of Lake Winnebago
Nestled between Lake Michigan and Lake Winnebago in Calumet County, the City of Brillion is a great place to live, work, learn, and play.
Location: The Town of Brillion is located in the northeast corner of Calumet County and is bordered by Brown County to the north and Manitowoc County to the east. The city of Brillion, a separate municipality, is in the southeast part of the town, while the unincorporated Forest Junction is in the northwest.
Regionally, Chilton is centrally located within the Fox Valley – Bay Lake region. Within this region, Chilton is a wonderful place to live for families and people seeking a high quality of life.
Location: Chilton is located within major crossroads, Highway 151 (Main Street) and State Highway 32/57 (Madison Street).
Information: City of Chilton.
The Town of Clayton is a progressive rural community which is experiencing substantial growth. With our close proximity to Appleton, Neenah and Oshkosh, there is quick access to outstanding medical facilities, excellent shopping, great restaurants, and various job centers.
Location: Clayton is located on Hwy 63 in the southeast corner of Polk County.
Combined Locks, Wisconsin
Combined Locks, along the Fox River, is a quiet, picturesque community with a solid industrial base and residential development. The village has expanded south of County CE.
Location: Between Kimberly and Kaukauna south of the Fox River, Combined Locks is accessible off County Roads N, CE, Z, K and HH.
Information: Heart of the Valley Chamber of Commerce.
This unincorporated area is the fastest-growing residential area in the Fox Cities. Situated in two municipalities (Village of Harrison and Town of Buchanan) and two counties (Outagamie and Calumet), growth depends on the Darboy Sanitary District. The commercial district is developing to serve the large residential population.
Location: East of Appleton and south of Kimberly, Combined Locks and Kaukauna around County Roads N, K and KK.
Population: Town of Buchanan, 6,725; Town of Harrison, 7,389, more than 7,500 of these people live in the Darboy Sanitary District.
Village of Fox Crossing, Wisconsin
The Village of Fox Crossing, between Appleton and Menasha, is in the heart of several transportation corridors. It is an urban town with a diverse economy of retail, commercial, service and industrial businesses.
Location: West of Little Lake Butte des Morts, along Fox River, with access from State 441, U.S. 10 and County Road CB.
Town of Freedom, Wisconsin
Freedom was established 150 years ago. The unincorporated area is a mixture of large farms and new housing development.
Location: North of Appleton, Little Chute and Kaukauna on State Highway 55 at County Roads E and S.
Grand Chute, Wisconsin
Grand Chute is an urban town that features the Fox River Mall, the second largest shopping mall in Wisconsin. In addition, it is the third most populous municipality in the Fox Cities. It also is the site of Fox Cities Stadium, home of the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers baseball team.
Location: West and north of Appleton on U.S. 41
Rural farms in this town situated west and north of the Fox Cities are quickly being replaced by subdivisions, commercial development and industrial parks. It ranks as one of the fastest growing residential areas in the state.
Location: West and north of Appleton, State Highways 96 and 15 off U.S. 41, W. College Avenue.
The Village of Hilbert is a quiet but bustling community whose charm, local businesses and community events make it a great place to visit and live.
Location: Hilbert is located in Calumet County in between Lake Winnebago and Lake Michigan.
Information: Village of Hilbert.
Located in Outagamie County, Hortonville offers residents a suburban-rural feel. Many families and young professionals live in Hortonville.
Location: Southwestern Outagamie County, at the intersection of State Highway 15 and County Highway M, 10 miles northwest of the City of Appleton
Major attractions: Hortonville contains the the only lake in Outagamie county – the 75 acre Black Otter Lake. Also home to Grand View Golf Club and 7 parks, including Black Otter Park, which allows boat access to the lake.
Information: Village of Hortonville.
The “Electric City” is one of Wisconsin’s oldest communities, settled in the late 1600s by trappers, merchants and missionaries traveling up the Fox River. Jean Nicolet made the trip up the Fox in search of a water passage to the Orient. The falls made Kaukauna a natural stop for travelers and later would be a boon to hydropower, which lends its name to the city.
Location: East end of the Fox Cities at U.S. 41 and State Highway 55.
The Village of Kimberly, established in 1889, is the only land-locked municipality in the area. The Fox River prevents the village from expanding north, while Combined Locks and a border agreement keeps it from expanding south. It was named in honor of John A. Kimberly, a founder of the Kimberly Clark Company, which established a pulp and paper mill in the area.
Location: South of the Fox River and Little Chute and east of Appleton. Access on County Road N from U.S. 41 off County Road CE.
Little Chute, Wisconsin
Dutch heritage is proudly exhibited in Little Chute, which got its name from the French explorers who named it “La Petite Chute,” or Little Falls. The Fox River forms a scenic backdrop for Little Chute, which continues to grow its economic base with commercial and industrial development. It is the area’s largest village.
Location: Outagamie County, County Road N south off U.S. 41, it stretches from Appleton to Kaukauna along State Highway 96 north, of the Fox River.
City of Menasha, Wisconsin
Menasha shares much of its history with Neenah as the other half of the Twin Cities. Historic photos and artifacts tell the history of the Fox River and the construction of the bridge in the Tayco Street Bridge Tower Museum at Tayco and Main streets.
Location: Northwest shore of Lake Winnebago. Several accesses off U.S. 41, also U.S. 10, and State Highways 47 and 114.
Major attractions: Heckrodt Wetland Reserve, Menasha Marina, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh – Fox Cities Campus.
City of Neenah, Wisconsin
Neenah was an early center of industry because of its location on Lake Winnebago and the Fox River, pioneering in milling grain and the lumber industry. The paper industry became a major part of the community, which has a diverse retail and professional business. ThedaCare Regional Medical Center is one of many institutions made possible through community-minded residents.
Location: West shore of Lake Winnebago, several accesses off U.S. 41.
Town of Neenah, Wisconsin
The Town of Neenah retains much of its rural atmosphere as it has been able to manage urban sprawl so far. A boundary agreement with the City of Neenah will allow orderly development in the future.
Location: South and west of the City of Neenah.
New London, Wisconsin
New London is surrounded by a year-round scenic paradise for boating, canoeing, rafting, tubing, hiking, biking, golfing, fishing, snowmobiling, and hunting. Within the city and surrounding area there are 900 acres of parks, trails and recreation facilities.
Location: The city of New London spans the counties of Outagamie and Waupaca, and is located northwest of Appleton on Highway 15.
In August of 2011, Omro was announced as Wisconsin’s 37th Main Street Community. The Main Street Program is an economic development tool that enables communities to revitalize downtown and neighborhood business districts by leveraging local assets-from historic, cultural and architectural resources to local enterprises and community pride.
Location: The city of Omro is located in Winnebago County, along the Fox River, approximately 10 miles west of Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
The city of Oshkosh was incorporated as a city in 1853, and its metropolitan area is now home to 159,972 people. Named for Menominee Chief Oshkosh, the establishment and growth of the lumber industry in the area spurred its development.
Location: Oshkosh is located on Interstate 41 in Winnebago county, where the Fox River enters Lake Winnebago.
Seymour was officially founded in 1869. It was named for Horatio Seymour, who was governor of New York. As the population continued to grow, it was recognized as a registered town in 1877, along with Osborn and Freedom.
Location: Located in Outagamie County within the Town of Seymour and the Town of Osborn, the city of Seymour can be found on State Highway 55, west of Green Bay.
The area’s newest village is growing rapidly because of its location on the shore of Lake Winnebago, High Cliff State Park, golf courses, and quiet, rural setting.
Location: State Highways 55 and 114, on the east shore of Lake Winnebago.
The Wolf River meanders through the Village of Shiocton, making it a regular with fishermen, starting with the walleye spring run in April, followed by Sturgeon spawning later in the month as they swim upstream from Lake Winnebago.
Location: Shiocton is located in Outagamie County, north and slightly west of Appleton, on State Highway 76.
Information: Village of Shiocton.
Known as the “Sturgeon Center of the World,” the Village Stockbridge lies entirely within the Town of Stockbridge. Resting on what is appropriately dubbed “the quiet side of the lake” (eastern shore of Lake Winnebago), the Stockbridge area is a peaceful collection of lakeside homes and rolling farms where the smiles come easy and the natural beauty never stops.
Location: Stockbridge is located in Calumet County, to the east of Lake Winnebago, on Highway 55.
Population: 935 (Village), 1,455 (Town)
Winneconne is located on the Wolf River with over 160,000 acres of waterway access to Lake Winneconne, Lake Poygan, Lake Butte des Morts, and Lake Winnebago. The Town of Winneconne is centrally located in Winnebago County and is primarily agricultural, with several areas of rural residential subdivisions.
Location: The Village of Winneconne is located within the Town of Winneconne, southwest of Appleton. The Wolf River runs through the village.
Location is the reason why this village in Outagamie and Brown counties is growing rapidly in population, commercial ventures, and industry. It is located along the Fox River, midway between Appleton and Green Bay.
Location: State Highway 96, three miles east of Kaukauna.
Major attractions: Fox River, Royal Scot Golf Course.