Introduction to Menasha, Wisconsin

Menasha, Wisconsin, in Winnebago county, is 4 miles S of Appleton, Wisconsin and 84 miles N of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The city is part of the Appleton-Oshkosh-Neenah metropolitan statistical area. About 16,331 people live in Menasha.

Menasha History

Menasha was originally inhabited by Native Americans. The city derived its name from a Menominee word meaning "settlement on the island." James Doty, the second Territorial Governor of Wisconsin, first traveled through the area in 1820, and the U.S. Government purchased the land in 1831. The City of Menasha was incorporated in 1874.

Menasha and nearby Attractions

  • Heckrodt Wetland Reserve
  • Barlow Planetarium
  • Outagamie Museum & Houdini Historical Center
  • Weis Earth Science Museum
  • Fox Cities Children’s Museum
  • Plamann County Park

Things To Do In Menasha

The Houdini Historical Center, the Outagamie Museum & Houdini Historical Center and the Fox Cities Children’s Museum are all accessible from Menasha. Jefferson Park, Smith Park and Clovis Park are some of the local parks. Local churches include the Trinity Lutheran Church, Saint Thomas Episcopal Church and Saint John’s Polish Roman Catholic Church. Local festivals include the Community Fest, Polk County Fair, the Turtle Days Fall Harvest Festival, the Fox Jazz Fest and the Seafood Fest.

Menasha Transportation

Outagamie County Regional is the nearest airport.

Menasha Higher Education

Fox Valley Technical College at Appleton, Moraine Park Technical College and the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh are some of the local colleges and universities.


Total Population 17,535
Male Share of the Population 47.6%
Female Share of the Population 52.4%
Senior Citizens 12.7%
Employed Population 16+ 8,813
Age of the Population 36


% of people married 51.5%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 21.7%
Median Earnings25+ $32,236
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $15,492
Median Earnings With High School Degree $31,209


Median Family Income $60,547
% Above Poverty Level 87.7%
% Below Poverty Level 12.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 20 minutes
% Working from Home 4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.5%
% Using Public Transportation 1.8%


People Living Alone 32.6%
Median Gross Rent $666
Median House Value $116,300


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 16.3%
US/American 0%
English 4.9%
Irish 7.8%

Menasha Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 4 miles S of Appleton, Wisconsin (center to center)
Nearest Large City 84 miles N of Milwaukee, Wisconsin
County Winnebago
Metro Area Appleton - Oshkosh - Neenah
Standard Zip Codes 54952
Phone Area Codes 920
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 44.202
Longitude -88.446

Menasha Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 5.2 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 16.8 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
Distance 32.4 miles
Jan Temp 4 to 23 F
Apr Temp 32 to 54 F
Jul Temp 58 to 81 F
Oct Temp 34 to 58 F
Annual Precip 32 inches

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
Neenah 25,697 $67,172
Sherwood 2,770 $108,892

Menasha Public Libraries

Elisha D. Smith Public Library
Menasha, Wisconsin
(920) 967-5166

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Student/teacher ratio: 18.7

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