The town of Menasha, WI, is located in the heart of the Fox Cities in Northeast Wisconsin and is known for "bridging the Fox Cities." As the second largest town in Wisconsin, this city offers many of the services of a larger community. With plenty of open space, 16 miles of trails and 23 neighborhood parks, this is a great place for an outdoorsy individual or family. The eastern side of the town has retail areas for your shopping needs and dining enjoyment. The city is also a short drive from both Green Bay and Milwaukee.
Menasha was incorporated as a city in 1874. Mrs. Doty, wife of James Doty, named the settlement "The Island" in the native Winnebago language. Located on the Fox River, the city used water power to develop a wooden ware industry. In later years, the wooden wares companies switched to paper manufacturing.
The modern city has a population of 17,440, according to the 2010 census. The neighborhoods boast a diverse and friendly populace. With plenty of parks and trails, you can enjoy the beauty of the area. Part of the Friendship State Trail and Trestle Bridge runs through the community. You can hike the trail and take time to visit Jefferson Park along the way. The park is well equipped with picnic areas, ball fields, a public pool and boat slips.
In addition to outdoor activities, the city offers other recreational and cultural opportunities. Individuals and families will enjoy spending time seeing the latest exhibits and programs at the Barlow Planetarium and the Weis Earth Science Museum, both located at the University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley campus. All these locations are easily accessible by car. The city also has fixed bus routes throughout Menasha to get from one place to another. If you use public transportation, you can rent an apartment located on or near bus routes.
If you are coming to the area to pursue further education, you can find an apartment to rent in one of the friendly neighborhoods of town while pursuing your education. The University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley is right in the city on Midway Road. You could also attend Lakeland College Fox Cities or Fox Valley Technical College. Lawrence University, a liberal arts college and music conservatory, is just north of the city in Appleton.
The top employment opportunities are in the industrial, education, health and government sectors. Some of the top employers in the community include ORBIS Corporation, Theda Care and SEEK Careers/Staffing. You can find a place to rent near your place of employment for easy commutes to and from work.