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Outagamie County
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Population Outagamie County: Latest 150,048
Wisconsin became a state in 1848. Outagamie County was created from Brown County in 1851.
The Fox Cities are 12 communities along the Fox River. Appleton, Neenah, Menasha, Kaukauna, Kimberly, Combined Locks, Town of Grand Chute, Little Chute, Freedom, Town of Neenah, Town of Menasha, Town of Vandenbroek.
Early residents of the area included the Menomonee, Outagamie and Winnebago tribes. Although the Menomonees are the oldest known residents, the history of the area comes from the Outagamie Indians whom the French nicknamed "les renards," meaning foxes. Hence the name Fox Cities.
In 1634, French explorer Jean Nicolet was the first European to the area followed soon by French fur traders. One of these traders, Charles Grignon (GREEN-YO), built his mansion in the woods in 1837, the oldest home in Outagamie County. Other ethnic groups settling here include Dutch, German, Polish, Irish and, more recently, Laotian.
The first mills in the area using water power from the Fox River were flour and woolen mills. These were converted to paper-production when the wheat crop failed and farmers turned to dairy cows for their livelihood.
The early giants of the paper industry, Kimberly-Clark, Appleton Papers, Wisconsin Tissue Mills and Menasha Corporation have earned the area its nickname--the Paper Valley. While paper-making is still the largest industry here, insurance, finance service and hospitality are also important to the economy.
Lawrence University, the second oldest co-educational college in the country, was established in 1846 by Amos Lawrence with 5,000 acres of land and $10,000. Its reputation as a fine liberal arts and music school brings it national attention.
Outagamie County History - Appleton Public Library

Outagamie County Population
Source: Decennial Census Data 
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Year Population
1990 140,510
1980 128,799
1970 119,356
1960 101,794
1950 81,722
1940 70,032
1930 62,790
1920 55,113
1910 49,102
1900 46,247
1890 38,690

Outagamie County Facts


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