Appleton 48th Best City to live in the U.S.

Appleton Ranked 48th Best City to Live in the U.S.

APPLETON, Wis. (WBAY-TV) The league of Wisconsin Municipalities Conference is in Appleton this week. The league is made up of 601 cities and villages.

“We often look to Appleton as an example of good strategic planning,” Gail Sumi, League of Wisconsin Municipalities. “Appleton always seems to be looking forward.”

The league took a tour Wednesday morning to learn more about Appleton being ranked 48th best city to live in America by 24/7 Wall St., a financial news and opinion company. 

While this is the first time the city made this particular ranking, Appleton Communications Coordinator Chad Doran notes they’ve been honored by other publications in the past.

“We’ve been everything from best place to live, best place to raise a family, best place for kids.”

The Wall Street study cites Appleton’s housing costs, quality of schools, and the high concentration of restaurants, bars, and entertainment opportunities.

“It’s always really good to be on those lists,” said Appleton Mayor Tim Hanna.

The report considered the highest performing city in each county with more than 65,000 people.

Lawrence University Associate Professor Arnold Shober says trustworthy data was collected in areas that matter to people, from crime, poverty and more.

“Air quality, housing prices, quality of schools, availability of jobs and also leisure activities,” said Shober.

The report points to Appleton’s walk-a-bility, quicker commute to work and high amount of amenities.

“You have all the amenities you would find in any big city but you still have that small town feel,” said Dale Ver Voort, Owner of Crazy Sweet.

“Interesting lively downtown. If you go downtown, there are plenty of bars and restaurants,” said Rosa Lemos, Lawrence University Senior.

“There’s a lot of culture. There’s a wide array of activities, whether it’s hiking, the museums or restaurants,” said Kerry Geocaris of Green Bay.

Appleton Performing Arts Center


Doran feels other recent efforts the city has made also helped them earn the distinction.

“We’re improving our parks.  We’ve done renovations to Erb Park.  Jones Park is undergoing renovations.  Memorial Park is going to be undergoing renovations.  Kind of providing the basics and the services that people expect.”

Doran explains how the city can benefit from the recognition.

“Just being on these lists that get shared across the country really puts Appleton out there and makes us a destination that people really want to come to.”



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