Real Estate and Mortgage Guide for Appleton, WI

Appleton is a Wisconsin city located in parts of the following three counties: Winnebago, Calumet and Outagamie. The city is found on the Fox River and is part of a group of areas called Fox Cities. Appleton is also home to Outagamie’s county seat.

Population and Number of Homes

Based on the information found in the 2010 federal Census a total of 72,623 call Appleton home. There are 28,874 homes and there are approximately 2,985 for every square mile in the area. Of the total population approximately 60,045 live within the boundaries of Outagamie County while 1,490 people live in Winnebago County and 11,088 live in Calumet County.

Across the board, the average age of the citizens is 35 years of age. About ¼ of the citizens are younger than 18. The 18 to 24 population represents about 10% of the total population. 27% of the citizenry is aged 25 to 44 and 26% are between the ages of 45 and 64.

The ratio of men to women is almost equal with 50.5% women and 49.5% men.

Local Economy

Appleton has 10 companies in the area that each employ between 750 and 1,800 people. In addition, there are several national companies such as Miller Electric, SECURA Insurance, and Pierce Manufacturing that have their home base in Appleton.

Average Weather

Appleton enjoys mild weather along with a few cold days during the winter. The average high temps are usually in the mid-70s during the month of July. The low point comes in February with averages dipping to the low teens.

Universities, Colleges and Junior Colleges

Appleton is home to a number of colleges and universities to serve a wide range of needs.

  • University of Wisconsin – Fox Valley; two year school and part of University of Wisconsin
  • Fox Valley Technical College; community college school
  • Lawrence University; a private college focused on teaching liberal arts
  • Rasmussen College; for-profit private college that offers Bachelor’s and Associate’s degrees
  • Globe University; for-profit institution that offers career training

Public School System

The Appleton Area School District contains the following schools

  • 16 charter schools
  • 17 elementary schools
  • 4 middle schools
  • 3 high schools

For the public schools, the average class has 18 students for every one teacher.

Private School

Along with the public education system there are 3 other school options

  • Fox Valley Lutheran High School
  • Roman Catholic Xavier High school
  • Appleton Christian School

Important Stats for Level of Education

For the Appleton residents that are least 25 years of age, the following education stats are:

  • 92% graduated high school
  • 31% completed a bachelor’s degree
  • 10% have a Master’s Degree
  • 2.9% have a professional degree

Transportation Options

Appleton is home to one airport, Outagamie County Regional Airport that services flights coming from Allegiant Airlines, United Express, and Delta.

The city of Appleton also owns Valley Transit. This is a bus service that transports passengers from 5:45 am up to 10:40 pm on 6 days a week, Monday to Saturday. The buses usually run each hour and can run every 30 minutes at busy times such as early mornings and after work.

Popular Restaurants and Other Hot Spots

Appleton has a host of wonderful restaurants that cover a wide range of flavors sure to match every kind of appetite

  • Appolon – Greek and Mediterranean
  • Cena Restaurant – American
  • Nakashima of Japan – Sushi bar
  • Cozzy Corner – soul food
  • Mai’s Deli – Asian themed deli
  • Mi Casa Mexican Grill – Mexican
  • Carmella’s – Italian

Along with the restaurants there are a number of other activities such as

  • Fox Cities Performing Arts Center
  • The History Museum at the Castle
  • The Trout Museum of Art
  • The Building for Kids
  • Paper Discovery Center


There are 2 independent hospitals located in Appleton

  • St Elizabeth Hospital
  • Appleton Medical Center

Outdoor Activities

Scattered throughout the area are 4 community parks along with 24 neighborhood parks. Each of the neighborhood parks can range from a small 2 acres up to a hefty 16 acres. The community parks are much bigger in nature, spanning a minimum of 25 acres up to a maximum of 139 acres.

Along with the park there are other outdoor attractions such as

  • Gardens of the Fox Cities
  • Goodland Field
  • John Hart Whorton House
  • Badger Sports Park

Why Choose us as Your Appleton Mortgage Lender?

We are a Mortgage Lender specializing in mortgage loans since we first opened our doors. With licensed offices in 47 states, we have the staff and the experience to meet any home loan needs.

We were named to Mortgage Executive Magazine's list of Top 100 Mortgage Companies in America. In 2018 we were awarded as a Top Mortgage Lender in Top Dollar Volume by Scotsman Guide. We were also named a Top Workplace by the Houston Chronicle for the 5th year. Finally, we were named to Inc. 5000 list of Fastest-Growing Private Companies in America.

Besides these accolades, we are proud that President Ron Zach was named to National Mortgage Professional Magazine’s list of the 40 most influential mortgage professionals under 40.

How to Buy a Home in Appleton with Little or No Money Down

Of course you want to buy a home in Appleton with no down payment. Who doesn’t?

Here’s how you do it:

Many people never buy the home of their dreams simply because they don't think they have enough money for the down payment. They have been told through the years that they need 10% or 20% of the purchase price in order to buy a home. Well, this is true for the conventional/conforming loan programs but not for Appleton Government loans.

So why have so many Lenders told them this?

It’s because selling homes to people with 10% or 20% down is easier than selling homes to people who have little or no money for a down payment. Most mortgage loan officers would rather go after the "easy sale" than try to help people who would rather save the down payment money for a rainy day or for current and future repairs/upgrades.

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