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De Pere, Wisconsin
De Pere Dam on the Fox River at De Pere
De Pere Dam on the Fox River at De Pere
Location of De Pere in Brown County, Wisconsin
Location of De Pere in Brown County, Wisconsin
Country  United States
State  Wisconsin
County Brown
Incorporated 1857
 • Total 12.77 sq mi (33.09 km2)
 • Land 11.96 sq mi (30.97 km2)
 • Water 0.82 sq mi (2.12 km2)
600 ft (183 m)
 • Total 25,410
 • Density 2,088.49/sq mi (806.35/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
Area code(s) 920
FIPS code 55-19775
GNIS feature ID 1563754

De Pere ( DEE-peer) is a city located in Brown County, Wisconsin, United States. The population was 25,410 according to the 2020 Census. De Pere is part of the Green Bay Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Registered historic places

De Pere has several areas on the National Register of Historic Places. North Broadway Street Historic District is listed as #83003368. Large homes line Broadway, Ridgeway Blvd., Morris, Fulton, Franklin, Cass, Front, and Wisconsin Streets near the Fox River.

The De Pere Lock and Dam Historic District (#93001331) was added in 1993.


On the coming of the first European, Jean Nicolet, who visited the place in 1634–1635, De Pere was the site of a polyglot settlement of several thousand attracted by the fishing at the first rapids of the Fox River. In 1671 French Jesuit explorer Père Claude-Jean Allouez founded the St. Francis Xavier Mission at the last set of rapids on the Fox River before entering Lake Michigan. The site was known as Rapides Des Pères (rapids of the fathers) which became modern day De Pere.

Originally De Pere consisted of only the community on the east side of the river; however, in 1890 the City of West De Pere, on the west side of the river, consolidated with the city of De Pere to form one community.

St. Norbert College, which abuts the banks of the Fox River on the city's west side near the Claude Allouez Bridge, was founded by Norbertine Abbot Pennings in 1898.


De Pere is located at 44°26′46″N 88°4′27″W / 44.44611°N 88.07417°W / 44.44611; -88.07417 (44.4460910,-88.0740510).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 12.30 square miles (31.86 km2), of which, 11.58 square miles (29.99 km2) is land and 0.72 square miles (1.86 km2) is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 508
1870 1,372 170.1%
1880 1,954 42.4%
1890 3,625 85.5%
1900 4,038 11.4%
1910 4,477 10.9%
1920 5,165 15.4%
1930 5,521 6.9%
1940 6,373 15.4%
1950 8,146 27.8%
1960 10,045 23.3%
1970 13,309 32.5%
1980 14,892 11.9%
1990 16,569 11.3%
2000 20,559 24.1%
2010 23,800 15.8%
2020 25,410 6.8%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 23,800 people, 9,254 households, and 5,869 families living in the city. The population density was 2,055.3 inhabitants per square mile (793.6/km2). There were 9,742 housing units at an average density of 841.3 per square mile (324.8/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 94.0% White, 0.9% African American, 1.2% Native American, 1.5% Asian, 0.7% from other races, and 1.8% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.1% of the population.

There were 9,254 households, of which 33.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.4% were married couples living together, 9.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.1% had a male householder with no wife present, and 36.6% were non-families. 29.2% of all households were made up of individuals, and 10.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.39 and the average family size was 2.97.

The median age in the city was 33.7 years. 23.8% of residents were under the age of 18; 14.1% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 26.4% were from 25 to 44; 23.9% were from 45 to 64; and 11.7% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.9% male and 52.1% female.


St. Mark Lutheran Church is a member of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod in De Pere.

The National Shrine of Saint Joseph is located at St. Norbert College.

St. Norbert Abbey is the mother canonry of the Premonstratensian Order in the United States.


St. Mark Lutheran Church is a member of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod in De Pere.

The National Shrine of Saint Joseph is located at St. Norbert Abbey. The abbey is the mother canonry of the Premonstratensian Order in the United States.


Downtown De Pere

Interstate 41 travels north–south on the west side of De Pere. Wisconsin Highway 32/Wisconsin Highway 57 enter De Pere from the south and split in the middle of De Pere. WIS 32 heads east–west through De Pere before turning north. WIS 57 continues straight north. There is limited transit service operated by Green Bay Metro and the CN provides freight railroad service. The Fox River is navigable for boat and canoe traffic with the exception of a dam.


De Pere is served by two school districts.

The Unified School District of De Pere has the following schools:

  • De Pere High School
  • De Pere Middle School
  • Foxview Intermediate School
  • Dickinson Elementary School
  • Heritage Elementary School
  • Altmayer Elementary School

The School District of West De Pere has the following schools:

  • West De Pere High School
  • West De Pere Middle School
  • West De Pere Intermediate School
  • Westwood Elementary School
  • Hemlock Creek Elementary School
  • Phantom Knight Charter School

De Pere Private Schools:

  • Notre Dame of De Pere
  • Our Lady of Lourdes

De Pere is also home to St. Norbert College, a private Roman Catholic liberal arts college.

Syble Hopp is a school for children ages 3–21 years old who have cognitive and other developmental disabilities. It is operated by the Brown County Children with Disabilities Education Board.

Notable people

  • Arthur J. Altmeyer – Commissioner of Social Security
  • Jason Berken – MLB player
  • Wilson Charles – athlete
  • Robert John Cornell – Roman Catholic priest, former member of the United States House of Representatives
  • Charles W. Day – Wisconsin State Senator
  • Gary T. Dilweg – Wisconsin State Representative
  • Burley Follett – former mayor of Green Bay, Wisconsin
  • Paul Gigot – political commentator
  • Earl Gilson – Wisconsin State Representative
  • Charles Hall – Wisconsin State Representative
  • Robert J. Havighurst – physicist
  • Charlie Hill – comedian
  • James F. Hughes – U.S. Representative
  • Henry J. Janssen – Wisconsin State Representative
  • Stephen King - Author
  • Joseph Konopka – incarcerated terrorist known as "Dr. Chaos"
  • Scott McCurley – NFL assistant coach
  • Robert J. McGeehan – Wisconsin State Senator
  • Terry Anne MeeuwsenMiss America 1973, Miss Wisconsin 1972, co-host of the 700 Club, born in De Pere
  • George F. Merrill – Wisconsin State Senator
  • Enos Warren Persons – Wisconsin State Senator
  • John Schneider – NFL executive
  • Edward A. Seymour – Wisconsin State Representative
  • Alexander H. Smith – mycologist
  • Gale Staley – MLB player
  • William J. Sweeney – Wisconsin State Representative

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