Introduction to Kaukauna, Wisconsin

Kaukauna, Wisconsin, in Outagamie county, is 7 miles E of Appleton, Wisconsin and 87 miles N of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The city is part of the Appleton-Oshkosh-Neenah metropolitan statistical area. About 12,983 people live in Kaukauna.

Kaukauna History

The city now known as Kaukauna was known as "The Lion on the Fox" during the 1880s. The city was officially incorporated in 1885. Charles A. Grignon was given Wisconsin’s first land deed and then built a mansion on the northern side of Kaukauna, which now operates as a museum of the Outagamie County Historical Society. The Fox River divides the city into the South Side and the North Side. The name of the community is derived from an Indian word, translated as "crow nestling place" or "long portage."

Kaukauna and nearby Attractions

  • Plamann County Park
  • Oneida Nation Museum
  • Heritage Hill State Park
  • Fox Cities Children’s Museum
  • High Cliff State Park
  • National Railroad Museum

Things To Do In Kaukauna

Local parks include La Follette Park, White City Park, Grignon Park and Horseshoe Park. The White Pillars Museum, the Neville Public Museum of Brown County and the Hazelwood Historic House Museum provide insights into the area’s history. Local churches include Saint Aloysius Catholic Church, the Immanuel United Church of Christ and the Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church. The Irish Waters Golf Club, the North Shore Golf Club and the High Cliff Golf Course are all in the area as well.

Kaukauna Transportation

Austin Straubel International Airport is nearby.

Kaukauna Higher Education

Students in the area can pursue higher education at Lakeland College, Northeast Wisconsin Technical College and at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.


Total Population 15,649
Male Share of the Population 51.4%
Female Share of the Population 48.6%
Senior Citizens 11.6%
Employed Population 16+ 8,554
Age of the Population 35


% of people married 54.1%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 21.3%
Median Earnings25+ $35,442
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $21,983
Median Earnings With High School Degree $33,264


Median Family Income $68,896
% Above Poverty Level 91.1%
% Below Poverty Level 8.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 21 minutes
% Working from Home 3.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1%
% Using Public Transportation 1%


People Living Alone 27.3%
Median Gross Rent $732
Median House Value $137,200


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 15.8%
US/American 0%
English 3%
Irish 9.7%

Kaukauna Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 7 miles E of Appleton, Wisconsin (center to center)
Nearest Large City 87 miles N of Milwaukee, Wisconsin
County Outagamie
Metro Area Appleton - Oshkosh - Neenah
Standard Zip Codes 54130
P.O. Box Zip Codes 54131
Phone Area Codes 920
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 44.278
Longitude -88.271

Kaukauna Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 5.1 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
Distance 18 miles
Jan Temp 7 to 24 F
Apr Temp 34 to 55 F
Jul Temp 60 to 82 F
Oct Temp 38 to 59 F
Annual Precip 31.5 inches
Distance 22.6 miles
Jan Temp 5 to 24 F
Apr Temp 33 to 56 F
Jul Temp 59 to 82 F
Oct Temp 37 to 59 F
Annual Precip 30.8 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Freedom (54131)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Appleton 72,861 $68,623
Combined Locks 3,407 $73,466
Kimberly 6,590 $64,007
Little Chute 10,520 $68,377
Sherwood 2,770 $108,892

Kaukauna Public Libraries

Kaukauna Public Library
Kaukauna, Wisconsin
(920) 766-6340

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Kaukauna High Schools

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Student/teacher ratio: 15.8

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Historic Kaukauna


Fox River at Kaukauna between 1880 and 1899

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Fox River at Kaukauna between 1880 and 1899

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