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About Outagamie County

Outagamie County is in northeast Wisconsin, covering 640 square miles along the Fox River, near the northern end of Lake Winnebago. It is the sixth-largest county by population in the state, behind Milwaukee, Dane, Waukesha, Brown, and Racine counties.

Map of the state of Wisconsin showing Outagamie County in red. Source: Wikimedia Commons, accessed March 2023.
Map of the state of Wisconsin showing Outagamie County in red. Source: Wikimedia Commons, accessed March 2023.

Outagamie County is home to the Fox Cities, where most of the county’s population resides. The Fox Cities is the third-largest metropolitan area in the state, according to the county’s website. The county seat is Appleton. The county shares borders with Brown, Calumet, Shawano, Waupaca, and Winnebago counties.

We’ve collected a wealth of information about Outagamie County so taxpayers and residents can understand how county government operates and hold elected officials accountable. Click on the links below to learn about the county’s history and census details, how to contact elected officials, when public meetings take place, and much more. For the latest news, click here.

  1. History
    Everyone knows the hamburger was invented in 1885 in the Town of Seymour, located in Outagamie County. But we are also the home of the first hydroelectric central station in the United States and the first home in the world lighted by a hydroelectric station.
  2. Facts and Figures
    Learn about the county’s geography, population, and economy — did you know the county’s median income is higher than the national average?
  3. Leadership
    Contact information — including phone numbers, email, and mailing addresses for the county executive and 36 county supervisors.
  4. Budget
    The county’s 2023 budget is $420.3 million, a 30% increase over the 2022 budget. Learn more about where the money’s coming from … and going.
  5. Board Meeting Schedule, Agenda, Minutes
    The County Board of Supervisors typically meets on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. Click here to find meeting schedules, agendas, and minutes.



Joseph Bast
Joseph Bast
Joseph Bast was born and raised in the Fox Valley, graduated from Kimberly High School, and went to college and had a career in Chicago. After retiring in 2018, he returned to the Fox Valley and currently resides in Appleton’s new Riverheath community. He and his wife, Diane, created the Wisconsin Patriots Toolbox website and are active with Northeast Wisconsin Patriots and Appleton Concerned Taxpayers.
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