Appleton, WI

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Population

233,025

0.68% growth

Median Age

38.4


Median Household Income

$63,415

2.55% growth

Poverty Rate

8.04%


Number of Employees

126,305

1.37% growth

Median Property Value

$161,800

1.63% growth

About

In 2017, Appleton, WI had a population of 233k people with a median age of 38.4 and a median household income of $63,415. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Appleton, WI grew from 231,452 to 233,025, a 0.68% increase and its median household income grew from $61,840 to $63,415, a 2.55% increase.

The population of Appleton, WI is 88.8% White Alone, 4.16% Hispanic or Latino, and 3.11% Asian Alone. N/A% of the people in Appleton, WI speak a non-English language, and 98.2% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Appleton, WI are Fox Valley Technical College (2,756 degrees awarded in 2016), Lawrence University (438 degrees), and Globe University-Appleton (66 degrees).

The median property value in Appleton, WI is $161,800, and the homeownership rate is 72.7%. Most people in Appleton, WI commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 19.1 minutes. The average car ownership in Appleton, WI is 2 cars per household.

Economy

The economy of Appleton, WI employs 126k people. The largest industries in Appleton, WI are Manufacturing (29,507 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (15,603 people), and Retail Trade (13,558 people), and the highest paying industries are Management of Companies & Enterprises ($63,516), Utilities ($62,663), and Public Administration ($52,294).

Median household income in Appleton, WI is $63,415. Males in Appleton, WI have an average income that is 1.33 times higher than the average income of females, which is $46,291. The income inequality in Appleton, WI (measured using the Gini index) is 0.453, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$63,415

2017 value

± $1,305

2.55%

1 Year Growth

± 2.38%

Households in Appleton, WI have a median annual income of $63,415, which is more than the median annual income of $60,336 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $61,840 in 2016, which represents a 2.55% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$61,348

Average Male Salary

± $1,322

$46,291

Average Female Salary

± $998

In 2017, full-time male employees in Wisconsin made 1.33 times more than female employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. Asian

    $51,905 ± $6,236

  2. White

    $46,737 ± $788

  3. Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander

    $43,959 ± $36,574

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Wisconsin workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.11 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Appleton, WI is from Wisconsin.

0.453

2017 Wage GINI

0.452

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Wisconsin was 0.453 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.212% growth from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even.

The 2017 the GINI for Wisconsin was lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Wisconsin in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in Wisconsin across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

In 2017, the county with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Appleton, WI was Ozaukee County, WI with a value of $82,869, followed by Waukesha County, WI and St. Croix County, WI, with respective values of $82,248 and $80,512.

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 18 - 24

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

8.04% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Appleton, WI (18.4k out of 229k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 13.4%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 18 - 24, followed by Females 25 - 34 and then Males 25 - 34.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. White

    14,147 ± 780

  2. Hispanic

    1,928 ± 328

  3. Other

    1,058 ± 292

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Appleton, WI is White, followed by Hispanic and Other.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

126k

2017 Value

± 2,018

1.37%

1 Year growth

± 2.18%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Appleton, WI grew at a rate of 1.37%, from 125k employees to 126k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Appleton, WI, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (17,354 people), Production Occupations (14,818 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (12,927 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Appleton, WI.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Appleton, WI, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (17,354 people), Production Occupations (14,818 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (12,927 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other msas, Appleton, WI has an unusually high number of residents working as Production Occupations (2.02 times higher than expected), Material Moving Occupations (1.47 times), and Architecture & Engineering Occupations (1.18 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Appleton, WI, by median earnings, are Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($72,908), Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($69,391), and Management Occupations ($69,151).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

126k

2017 Value

± 2,018

1.37%

1 Year growth

± 2.18%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Appleton, WI grew at a rate of 1.37%, from 125k employees to 126k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Appleton, WI, are Manufacturing (29,507 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (15,603 people), and Retail Trade (13,558 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Appleton, WI, though some of these residents may live in Appleton, WI and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Appleton, WI, by number of employees, are Manufacturing (29,507 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (15,603 people), and Retail Trade (13,558 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other msas, Appleton, WI has an unusually high number of Manufacturing (2.31 times higher than expected), Wholesale Trade (1.24 times), and Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (1.22 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Appleton, WI, by median earnings, are Management of Companies & Enterprises ($63,516), Utilities ($62,663), and Public Administration ($52,294).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Wisconsin to other states, or from other states to Wisconsin.

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $37.5B

  2. $28B

  3. $26B

In 2015, the top outbound Wisconsin product (by dollars) was Other foodstuffs with $37.5B, followed by Mixed freight ($28B) and Machinery ($26B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Wisconsin products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$325B

2015 Value

$493B

Projected 2045 Value

51.7% growth

In 2015, total outbound Wisconsin trade was $325B. This is expected to increase 51.7% to $493B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Wisconsin trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Wisconsin to other states, or from other states to Wisconsin.

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $28.7B

  2. $28.3B

  3. $10.2B

In 2015, the top outbound Wisconsin domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Illinois with $28.7B, followed by Minnesota with $28.3B and Michigan and $10.2B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Wisconsin shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Health

95.1% of the population of Appleton, WI has health coverage, with 63.4% on employee plans, 9.53% on Medicaid, 10.6% on Medicare, 10.5% on non-group plans, and 1% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the msa of Appleton, WI was $8,702 in 2014. This is a 6.26% increase from the previous year ($8,189).

Primary care physicians in Appleton, WI see 1247 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.565% increase from the previous year (1240 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1516 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 560 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Adams County and Menominee County have the highest prevalence of diabetes (13.1%). Additionally, Menominee County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (45.1%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,247 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Wisconsin see an average of 1,247 patients per year. This represents a 0.565% increase from the previous year (1,240 patients).

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.

Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

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Health Care Spending

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$8,702

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$5,159

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$7,057

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$9,608

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Wisconsin (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 6.26%, from $8,189 to $8,702.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

4.89%

Uninsured

63.4%

Employer Coverage

9.53%

Medicaid

10.6%

Medicare

10.5%

Non-Group

1%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Appleton, WI declined by 5.35% from 5.16% to 4.89%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Appleton, WI changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.

Most at risk counties

  1. 13.1% prevalence

  2. 13.1% prevalence

  3. 12.4% prevalence

Adams County and Menominee County have the highest prevalence of diabetes in Wisconsin, at 13.1%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in Wisconsin by county over multiple years.

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Diversity

Appleton, WI is home to a population of 233k people, from which 98.2% are citizens. As of 2017, 3.73% of Appleton, WI residents were born outside of the country (8.69k people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Appleton, WI is composed of 207k White Alone residents (88.8%), 9.69k Hispanic or Latino residents (4.16%), 7.25k Asian Alone residents (3.11%), 3.21k Two or More Races residents (1.38%), 3.13k American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (1.34%), 2.61k Black or African American Alone residents (1.12%), 257 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.11%), and 30 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.0129%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Appleton, WI are N/A.

Age

Age by Nativity

38

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.2

40

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 1.3

In 2017, the median age of all people in Appleton, WI was 38.4. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 38, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 40. But people in Appleton, WI are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Appleton, WI residents was 38.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

3.73%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

8.69k people

3.78%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

8.74k people

As of 2017, 3.73% of Appleton, WI residents (8.69k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Appleton, WI was 3.78%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    89,715 ± 7,296 people

  2. India

    23,224 ± 3,734 people

  3. Laos

    17,104 ± 3,206 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Wisconsin was Mexico, the natal country of 89,715 Wisconsin residents, followed by India with 23,224 and Laos with 17,104.

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Citizenship

98.2%

2017 Citizenship

98.1%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 98.2% of Appleton, WI residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Appleton, WI was 98.1%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    207k ± 153

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    9.69k ± 818

  3. Asian Alone

    7.25k ± 320

In 2017, there were 21.4 times more White Alone residents (207k people) in Appleton, WI than any other race or ethnicity. There were 9.69k Hispanic or Latino and 7.25k Asian Alone residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in Appleton, WI as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  2. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  3. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

N/A% of Appleton, WI citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is approximately the same as the national average of 21.8%. In N/A, the most common non-English language spoken in Appleton, WI was N/A. N/A% of the overall population of Appleton, WI are native N/A speakers. N/A% speak N/A and N/A% speak N/A, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    4,254 ± 273

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    1,727 ± 281

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    1,478 ± 229

Appleton, WI has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.46 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Appleton, WI awarded 3,372 degrees. The student population of Appleton, WI is skewed towards men, with 6,442 male students and 6,107 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Appleton, WI are White (2,678 and 80.7%), followed by Unknown (252 and 7.59%), Asian (118 and 3.56%), and Hispanic or Latino (113 and 3.41%).

The largest universities in Appleton, WI by number of degrees awarded are Fox Valley Technical College (2,756 and 81.7%), Lawrence University (438 and 13%), and Globe University-Appleton (66 and 1.96%).

The most popular majors in Appleton, WI are Nursing Assistant & Patient Care Assistant (502 and 14.9%), Criminal Justice - Police Science (171 and 5.07%), and Truck, Bus, & Commercial Vehicle Operator & Instructor (143 and 4.24%).

The median tuition costs in Appleton, WI are $44,544 for private four year colleges, and $N/A and $N/A respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 99 degrees awarded

  2. 93 degrees awarded

  3. 86 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in Appleton, WI was General Business Administration & Management with 99 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Associates Degree from schools in Appleton, WI according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 2,756 degrees awarded

  2. 438 degrees awarded

  3. 66 degrees awarded

$N/A

Median In-State Public

$44,544

Median Private

In 2016, the Appleton, WI institution with the largest number of graduating students was Fox Valley Technical College with 2,756 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

1,539

Degrees Awarded to Men

1,833

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 1,539 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Appleton, WI, which is 0.84 times less than the 1,833 female students who received degrees in the same year.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    2,678 degrees awarded

  2. Unknown

    252 degrees awarded

  3. Asian

    118 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Appleton, WI were to White students. These 2,678 degrees mean that there were 10.6 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Unknown, with 252 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Appleton, WI was $161,800 in 2017, which is 0.744 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $159,200 to $161,800, a 1.63% increase. The homeownership rate in Appleton, WI is 72.7%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Appleton, WI have an average commute time of 19.1 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Appleton, WI is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$63,415

Median Household Income

± $1,305

91.6k

Number of Households

± 1,715

In 2017, the median household income of the 91.6k households in Appleton, WI grew to $63,415 from the previous year's value of $61,840.

The following chart displays the households in Appleton, WI distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Housing

Property Value

$161,800

2017 Median

± $1,529

$159,200

2016 Median

± $1,512

In 2017, the median property value in Appleton, WI grew to to $161,800 from the previous year's value of $159,200.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Appleton, WI compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Appleton, WI the largest share of households have a property value in the $150k - $175k range.

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Property Taxes

$3k+

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Appleton, WI distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Appleton, WI the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

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Rent vs Own

72.7%

2017 Homeownership

73%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 72.7% of the housing units in Appleton, WI were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 73%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Appleton, WI compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Appleton, WI distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Appleton, WI have 2 cars, followed by 3 cars.

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Commute Time

19.1 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Appleton, WI have a shorter commute time (19.1 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 1.48% of the workforce in Appleton, WI have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    85.6%

  2. Carpooled

    6.55%

  3. Worked At Home

    3.87%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Appleton, WI was Drove Alone (85.6%), followed by those who Carpooled (6.55%) and those who Worked At Home (3.87%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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