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Overview

Introduction to Green Bay, Wisconsin

Green Bay is a city located at the mouth of the Fox River in Wisconsin. Serving as the county seat of Brown County, Green Bay is situated 112 miles north of Milwaukee to which it is connected by Interstate I-43. Also servicing the city are U.S. Routes 41 and 141; and Wisconsin State Highways 29, 32, 54, 57, and 172.

The area where the Fox River empties into the Green Bay was a natural stopping place as far back as the 17th century for many types of travelers, including French voyagers, woodland Indian tribes, fur trappers, and Jesuit missionaries. This stopping place became Wisconsin's first settlement in 1634, only 14 years after the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock. The French first settled the area, before being driven out by the British in 1763, who retained it as a stronghold until after the war of 1812. The area was a prime fur trading center, but by the time of Wisconsin statehood in 1848, fur trading had given way to lumbering. The first paper mill was built in 1895, establishing a staple industry which retains its prominence today. The borough of Green Bay, formed in 1838, consolidated in 1895 with the City of Fort Howard to form the new City of Green Bay. In the 1920s, the city's meat packing industry provided a name for a local football team known as the Green Bay Packers, which later became one of two charter teams of the National Football League. Green Bay today stands as a progressive, modern city with a thriving, diversified economy. Its economy is still primarily driven by the paper product industry, with transportation and health care also significant employers.

Green Bay Attractions

Green Bay is a vibrant town in terms of arts, culture, and events. A visitor's options for seeing a live performance are plentiful and varied. The 2,000-plus seat Weidner Center for the Performing Arts on the campus of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is a prime venue for performances on a grand scale, such as Broadway shows; while the Resch Center offers sporting events and concerts by world-class entertainers. There are also plenty of museums to enjoy in Green Bay. The Neville Public Museum is a modern 58,000 square-foot facility which houses more than two million items in its permanent collections, including historic artifacts, original artworks, archeological objects, still photographs and film. The Oneida Nation Museum, one of the nation's oldest Native American museums, relates the culture and history of the Oneida people. The National Railroad Museum is a window to the history of railroading and its contributions to the building of a nation. Festivals and events abound in the Green Bay area. The International Bayfest in downtown Green Bay, held in June, is the largest music and food festival north of Milwaukee, attracting well over 100,000 fun-lovers every year. Late August heralds the excitement and color of ArtStreet, a cultural potpourri of both display art and performing arts, with four stages of jazz, blues and classical music; as well as dance and live theater.

The Green Bay area’s passion for sports is as visible as it is undeniable. The city's pride and joy is its Green Bay Packers, a staple franchise of the NFL with a storied past. With a fanbase stretching across the state of Wisconsin, the Packers can boast more championships - twelve - than any other team in NFL history. The Packers play in the recently renovated Lambeau Field, a Green Bay landmark. A couple of minor league teams also call Green Bay their home. The Green Bay Blizzard play a different kind of football, arena football, and provide area fans with the option of watching football pretty much year-round. The Blizzard belong to the af2, minor league of the Arena Football League (AFL), and play their home games at the Resch Center from March through mid-July each year. The Green Bay Gamblers hockey team, a member of the United States Hockey League (USHL), is comprised largely of young players vying for scholarships at Division I schools. Baseball fans can watch minor-league action thanks to the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, the Class A farm team of the Seattle Mariners. The T-Rats belong to the Midwest League and play their home games at the Fox Cities Stadium, located about 30 minutes south of Green Bay. Fans who want to see major league baseball can take the two-hour drive to Milwaukee, home of MLB's Milwaukee Brewers, who play in the spectacular convertible-roof Miller Park. Also in Milwaukee are the Bucks of the National Basketball Association, who play their games at the city's Bradley Center.

People

Total Population 104,847
Male Share of the Population 49.4%
Female Share of the Population 50.6%
Senior Citizens 12.1%
Employed Population 16+ 50,199
Age of the Population 34

Families

% of people married 43.1%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 23.7%
Median Earnings25+ $30,336
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $23,001
Median Earnings With High School Degree $26,076

Wealth

Median Family Income $53,621
% Above Poverty Level 81.8%
% Below Poverty Level 18.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 19 minutes
% Working from Home 2.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 4.1%
% Using Public Transportation 1.5%

Housing

People Living Alone 34%
Median Gross Rent $655
Median House Value $126,500

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 29.2%
US/American 0%
English 3.1%
Irish 8.9%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Green Bay Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 102 miles N of Milwaukee, Wisconsin
County Brown
Metro Area Green Bay
Standard Zip Codes 54301, 54302, 54303, 54304, 54311, 54313
P.O. Box Zip Codes 54305, 54306, 54307, 54308, 54324
Company Zip Codes 54344
Phone Area Codes 920
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 44.519
Longitude -88.019

Green Bay Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station GREEN BAY STRBL INTL AP
Distance 6.1 miles
Jan Temp 7 to 24 F
Apr Temp 34 to 55 F
Jul Temp 59 to 81 F
Oct Temp 37 to 58 F
Annual Precip 29.1 inches
Station KEWAUNEE 3 NW
Distance 24.1 miles
Jan Temp 10 to 26 F
Apr Temp 34 to 49 F
Jul Temp 60 to 77 F
Oct Temp 40 to 56 F
Annual Precip 30.3 inches
Station APPLETON
Distance 25.3 miles
Jan Temp 8 to 24 F
Apr Temp 35 to 54 F
Jul Temp 62 to 81 F
Oct Temp 40 to 58 F
Annual Precip 30.1 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Green Bay, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Bellevue (54311)

Hansen Road (54324)

Hobart (54313)

Preble (54302)

Scott (54301)

Suamico (54313)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Allouez 13,947 $78,351
Ashwaubenon 17,082 $70,631
De Pere 24,366 $76,101
Howard 18,668 $68,828
Pulaski 3,531 $70,000

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Green Bay Public Libraries

Library
Brown County Library
515 PINE ST.
Green Bay, Wisconsin
(920) 448-4400

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Green Bay Hospitals

ST VINCENT HSPTL
(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
835 S VAN BUREN ST
(920) 433-0111
Emergency Service: Yes

ST MARYS HSPTL MED CTR
(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
1726 SHAWANO AVE
(920) 498-4200
Emergency Service: Yes

BELLIN MEMORIAL HSPTL
(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
744 S WEBSTER AVE
(920) 433-3500
Emergency Service: Yes

AURORA BAYCARE MED CTR
(Government - State)
2845 GREENBRIER RD PO BOX 8900
(920) 288-8000
Emergency Service: Yes

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Green Bay High Schools

(Sorted by Number of Students)

PREBLE HI
2222 DECKNER AVE
920-391-2400
Serves 2,145 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.7

BAY PORT HI
2710 LINEVILLE RD
920-662-7000
Serves 1,493 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16

SOUTHWEST HI
1331 PACKERLAND DR
920-492-2650
Serves 1,487 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.8

EAST HI
1415 E WALNUT ST
920-448-2090
Serves 1,410 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.1

WEST HI
966 SHAWANO AVE
920-492-2600
Serves 1,301 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.5

ASHWAUBENON HI
2391 S RIDGE RD
920-492-2955
Serves 1,071 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.4

BAY VIEW
2900 SAINT ANTHONY DR
920-448-7356
Serves 132 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 33

GREEN BAY CORRECTIONAL INST
2833 RIVERSIDE DR
920-432-4877
A Non-traditional School
Serves 77 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 9.6

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