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Old 07-30-2017, 03:39 PM
 
Location: Wisconsin
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My husband ( 24M) and I (21F) are considering moving to Appleton. We are both from Milwaukee and we've lived here our whole lives now we have both been outside of WI but basically were only familiar with Milwaukee cities. I have visted Oshkosh so I know how Northern Part feel smaller town I guess. My hisnad is sole provider at the moment and our main concern is job security and safety as we have a 8 month old daughter 1 year old at the time of move. I've visited Fox Valley Mall it was nice but that was really all Ive ever seen there. I have a few questions?

Husband is a very experienced line cook/chef whatever you prefer so he does plan on staying that field..How are the jobs out there?

Apartments? As we are just starting out our budget may be small to some but its whats is safest for us 650 highest 1 bedroom.

Lifestyle? Shopping? People? Best Neighborhoods?

Thank you in advance for responses.
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Old 07-30-2017, 03:49 PM
 
Location: Mequon, WI
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Appleton is a very nice city. It would be a good choice along with Neenah-Menasha. Little Chute, Combined Locks, Kaukauna Kimberley tend to be more industrial. I'm not a fan of Oshkosh, seems way to run-down for me.
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Old 08-04-2017, 08:56 AM
 
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It's probably a good move because in terms of housing a dollar goes a lot further in Appleton than it would in Milwaukee, and the schools should be much better as well, when it gets to that point.

Economy is generally pretty good - biggest city in the area with a lot of restaurants around. Probably not hard to find work.

About the only bad things I'd say about it is that it tends to be right wing politically, though nowhere near as terrible as the Milwaukee suburbs. There's also paper mill stench in certain areas though it doesn't seem to be as vile as it used to be.

I'm sure it will have a small city vibe to it and sometimes that makes things difficult for outsiders. That probably depends on how anonymously you choose to live, whether it suits you or not.
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Old 08-06-2017, 03:24 PM
 
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Actually, Appleton is about 50/50 politically. For every Republican, there is a Democrat. Plus Lawrence University is there, which brings a more liberal mentality.

There is lots of work in Appleton and the greater Fox Valley area, and most places are only about a 10 minutes drive. There are tons of restaurants so finding a job should be fairly easy. Also, the smell from the paper mills is stronger as you get closer to Kaukauna then Appleton. And the occasional smell in Neenah is not from paper mills, but from Neenah Foundry, a company that makes manhole covers.

It's not small town at all. Small town is Greenville. Because of Kimberly Clark and Bemis, it is quite a transient area with lots of transplants. Meeting people really isn't that difficult, especially if you have kids in school and/or work.

If you are a minority, Appleton is probably the most diverse.
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