Neenah, Wisconsin facts for kids
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|City of Neenah|
The Paper City
“Our future, our Neenah”
Location of Neenah in Winnebago County, Wisconsin.
|• Total||9.74 sq mi (25.24 km2)|
|• Land||9.37 sq mi (24.27 km2)|
|• Water||0.37 sq mi (0.96 km2)|
|Elevation||750 ft (230 m)|
|• Density||2,915/sq mi (1,125.6/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC−6 (Central (CST))|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−5 (CDT)|
|Area code(s)||920 Exchanges: 722,725,886|
Neenah is a city in Winnebago County, Wisconsin, in the north central United States. It is situated on the banks of Lake Winnebago, Little Lake Butte des Morts, and the Fox River, approximately forty miles (60 km) southwest of Green Bay. Neenah's population was 27,319 at the 2020 census.
Neenah is bordered by the Town of Neenah. The city is the southwesternmost of the Fox Cities of northeast Wisconsin. It is the smaller of the two principal cities of the Oshkosh-Neenah Metropolitan Statistical Area, which is included in the Appleton-Oshkosh-Neenah Combined Statistical Area. It is sometimes referred to as a twin city with Menasha, with which it shares Doty Island.
Neenah was named by Governor James Duane Doty for the Winnebago word for "water" or "running water". It was the site of a Ho-Chunk village in the late 18th century. It is Nįįňą in the Hoocąk language.
The area was first designated an industrial and agricultural mission to the Menominee Indians in 1835, and early settlement by Americans of European descent began a few years later, stimulated in large part by the proximity of the area to the Fox River.
A major paper mill was established here in 1873. Kimberly-Clark corporation was formed here in 1872.
Neenah is located at(44.174035, -88.468508).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 9.61 square miles (24.89 km2), of which, 9.23 square miles (23.91 km2) is land and 0.38 square miles (0.98 km2) is water.
|U.S. Decennial Census|
As of the census of 2010, there were 25,501 people, 10,694 households, and 6,700 families living in the city. The population density was 2,762.8 inhabitants per square mile (1,066.7/km2). There were 11,313 housing units at an average density of 1,225.7 per square mile (473.2/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 93.7% White, 1.3% African American, 0.7% Native American, 1.4% Asian, 1.3% from other races, and 1.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.8% of the population.
There were 10,694 households, of which 32.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.6% were married couples living together, 10.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.6% had a male householder with no wife present, and 37.3% were non-families. 30.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 10.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.36 and the average family size was 2.96.
The median age in the city was 37.1 years. 25% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.8% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 27.6% were from 25 to 44; 27% were from 45 to 64; and 12.7% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.9% male and 51.1% female.
Founded in 1959, Neenah's Bergstrom-Mahler Museum has a collection of glass art comprising over 3,000 pieces, concentrating in historic paperweights and Germanic glasswork.
Neenah hosts significant steel and paper industries. Some paper companies include Clearwater Paper, Essity, Kimberly-Clark and Neenah Paper. Kimberly-Clark was founded in Neenah and maintains significant operations there, though its headquarters moved to Irving, Texas in the 1980s. Manhole covers manufactured at Neenah Foundry can be found throughout the central and southern United States and parts of Europe.
Neenah is the headquarters of Plexus, a developer and manufacturer of electronic products, which also has engineering and manufacturing operations in the city. Also headquartered here are Cobblestone Hotel Group, J. J. Keller & Associates, Miron Construction, Menasha Corporation, Theda Clark Hospital, NM Transfer, and Checker Logistics.
Interstate 41 runs north to south through the center of the city. Bus service is operated by Valley Transit. Brennand Airport provides general aviation service for the city. Appleton International Airport provides commercial airline service for the city.
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- Havilah Babcock, businessman and a founder of Kimberly Clark
- James R. Barnett, politician
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- Robert D. Bohn, U.S. Marine Corps major general
- John A. Bryan, U.S. diplomat
- Elmer J. Burr, Medal of Honor recipient
- Merritt L. Campbell, politician
- Charles B. Clark, U.S. Representative and a founder of Kimberly-Clark
- Laura Coenen, basketball all-American, 3-time Olympian – team handball
- Kenneth John Conant, architectural historian, professor at Harvard University
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- Jim Hall, professional boxer
- Marcus Lee Hansen, historian and Pulitzer Prize winner, born in Neenah
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- John Strange, lieutenant governor of Wisconsin
- Kenneth E. Stumpf, Medal of Honor recipient
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- Edwin A. Williams, legislator, educator, businessman, mayor
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