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City of Neenah
The Paper City
“Our future, our Neenah”
Location of Neenah in Winnebago County, Wisconsin.
Location of Neenah in Winnebago County, Wisconsin.
Neenah is located in Wisconsin
Location in Wisconsin
Country  United States
State  Wisconsin
County Winnebago
Settled 1873
 • Type Mayor-council
 • Total 9.74 sq mi (25.24 km2)
 • Land 9.37 sq mi (24.27 km2)
 • Water 0.37 sq mi (0.96 km2)
750 ft (230 m)
 • Total 27,319
 • Density 2,915/sq mi (1,125.6/km2)
Time zone UTC−6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC−5 (CDT)
ZIP codes
Area code(s) 920 Exchanges: 722,725,886
FIPS code 55-55750

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°10′26″N 88°28′6″W / 44.17389°N 88.46833°W / 44.17389; -88.46833 (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.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 1,296
1870 2,655 104.9%
1880 4,202 58.3%
1890 5,083 21.0%
1900 5,954 17.1%
1910 5,734 −3.7%
1920 7,171 25.1%
1930 9,151 27.6%
1940 10,645 16.3%
1950 12,437 16.8%
1960 18,057 45.2%
1970 22,902 26.8%
1980 22,432 −2.1%
1990 23,219 3.5%
2000 24,507 5.5%
2010 25,501 4.1%
2020 27,319 7.1%
U.S. Decennial Census
Neo-classical style Equitable Fraternal Union Building with the old City Hall clock tower behind it on S. Commercial St. (Wisconsin Highway 114).
The Neenah Public Library, the clock tower, Shattuck Park, and the Neenah Centers.

2010 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.


Bergstrom-Mahler Museum

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.

Notable people

  • Jack Ankerson, NFL player
  • William Arnemann, politician
  • Havilah Babcock, businessman and a founder of Kimberly Clark
  • James R. Barnett, politician
  • George Bergstrom, designer of The Pentagon
  • 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
  • Samuel A. Cook, U.S. Representative
  • Philip Daly, Edmonton, Alberta Alderman
  • George Danielson, politician
  • Julius H. Dennhardt, politician
  • William Draheim, politician
  • A. D. Eldridge, politician
  • Michael Ellis, politician
  • James C. Fritzen, politician
  • Robert Frederick Froehlke, businessman and government official
  • Jim Hall, professional boxer
  • Marcus Lee Hansen, historian and Pulitzer Prize winner, born in Neenah
  • William C. Hansen, educator and politician
  • Howard Hawks, film director, Rio Bravo, Red River, The Big Sleep
  • William Hawks, film producer
  • Christopher T. Hill, author and theoretical physicist
  • Zuhdi Jasser, medical doctor, activist, policy board member
  • Dick Jorgensen, NFL referee, Super Bowl XXIV
  • Frank Bateman Keefe, U.S. Representative
  • Kris Kelderman, MLS player and assistant coach
  • John A. Kimberly, a founder of Kimberly-Clark
  • Judith Klusman, politician
  • Peter Konz, NFL Player
  • Wayne Kreklow, NBA player, head coach of the Missouri Tigers women's volleyball team
  • Nels Larson, politician and businessman
  • Henry Leavens, politician
  • Rich Loiselle, MLB player
  • Ernst Mahler, chemist and business leader
  • David Martin, politician
  • Azel W. Patten, businessman and politician
  • Charles H. Pfennig, politician
  • Roger Ream, educator
  • Reid Ribble, politician
  • Nathaniel S. Robinson, physician and politician
  • Mike Rohrkaste, politician and businessman
  • John Schneller, NFL player
  • Richard J. Steffens, politician
  • John Stevens, inventor of the roller flour mill
  • John Strange, lieutenant governor of Wisconsin
  • Kenneth E. Stumpf, Medal of Honor recipient
  • Konrad Tuchscherer, professor
  • Ryan G. Van Cleave, author and educator
  • Edwin Wheeler, politician and jurist
  • John Whitlinger, tennis player, born in Neenah
  • Tami Whitlinger, WTA player
  • Edwin A. Williams, legislator, educator, businessman, mayor
  • Timothy Bishop, Internet Personality, Youtuber, Commentator

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