Quality of Life

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With a combined population of over 225,000, the Fox Cities are one of the fastest growing metropolitan areas in Wisconsin and yet offer the tranquility of small-town America and easy access to recreational surroundings. The Fox Cities have consistently been named one of the best areas in the nation based on quality of life indicators.

The Fox Valley Family Medicine Residency Program is located in Appleton, the center of the Fox Cities, with a population of over 70,000. By car, Appleton is 30 minutes south of Green Bay, two hours from Milwaukee and Madison, three and one-half hours from Chicago, and five hours from Minneapolis/St. Paul. The Appleton International Airport (ATW) is five miles from campus and is served by United, Delta, and Allegiant Air airlines, having direct flights to major hubs - Milwaukee, Chicago, Atlanta, Detroit, Minneapolis, Las Vegas, Orlando, and Phoenix-Mesa.

LibraryThe Fox Cities are a cluster of 18 communities in Outagamie County located near the Fox River in east-central Wisconsin including the cities of Appleton, Kaukauna, Menasha and Neenah; the towns of Buchanan, Clayton, Grand Chute, Greenville, Harrison, Kaukauna, Menasha, Neenah and the villages of Combined Locks, Hortonville, Kimberly, Little Chute and Sherwood.

The Fox Cities have consistently received national recognition as one of the most inviting places to live, work, and raise a family, including the following:

  • The Fall 2014 issue of Practice Link magazine has highlighted Appleton, Wisconsin as one of the best “Live and Practice” Soccer Cities. 
  • In 2010, Appleton was ranked in the Top 100 Rankings of Money Magazine's Best Places to Live. 
  • Business Week's Top 25 Best Affordable Suburbs in the Midwest for 2007. The magazine praised the city for low crime, cleanliness, great schools, affordable homes, and plenty of entertainment options, and said Appleton "stands out from the rest" of those ranked in the top 25; 
  • 4th safest of 330 metropolitan areas in 2005 by Morgan Quitno Press, which ranks America's Safest and Most Dangerous Cities; 
  • 27th in Forbes magazine's 2006 "Best Small Place for Business" list; 
  • 16th in Top Metro Areas for Public Schools by Expansion Management's 2006 Education Quotient; and 
  • One of the "100 Best Communities for Young People," in the 2005 national competition led by America's Promise - The Alliance for Youth.