Wisconsin’s Fox Cities ranks among the best places to live in Wisconsin. When you take a look at what the area offers, it’s easy to see why people want to be here. The Fox Valley rests in the east-central part of the state. Named for the area west of Lake Winnebago and surrounding the Fox River, Fox Cities consists of four major municipalities: Appleton, Menasha, Neenah, and Kaukauna. Combined with fifteen other surrounding villages and towns, the total population hovers around 250,000. As a Kaukauna based home builder, we know all the reasons to live in Fox Cities! 


The diverse economy in the Fox Cities created by technology, manufacturing, paper, retail, electronic and service companies makes it a desirable place to live and work. Businesses draw off the thriving area, utilizing the low cost of enterprise management and adept workforce. 

Major employers include: 

  • ThedaCare – 6800 employees
  • Kimberly Clark – 3200 employees
  • Affinity Health – 3900 employees
  • Thrivent Financial – 2000 employees
  • Bemis – 1100 employees


The Fox Valley exudes a bustling quality of life. Home to 19 museums and dozens of live music performances, the Fox Cities community thrives on the arts. The creative, entrepreneurial resolve of the area’s business owners continues to fuel the generations. Outdoor enthusiasts enjoy year-round fishing, hiking through state parks, snowmobiling, skiing, and riding on the 80 bike trails throughout the area. 

Highlights of the region include:

The History Museum at the Castle collects and studies information related to the life and career of Harry Houdini, an Appleton, WI native. 

Fox Cities Performing Arts Center hosts Broadway shows and national talents in music and comedy. 

High Cliff State Park, located on Lake Winnebago, offers hiking, biking, cross-country skiing, swimming and more.


The Fox Cities area boasts public and private schools, ranked highly in the state. Millennials, flocking to the area for college, see the opportunities and often settle here. Home to the renowned conservatory of music, Lawrence University, Fox Valley welcomes students from 50 countries per year. The University of Wisconsin system holds court in the Fox Cities with their two-year campus UW-Fox Valley. 


Reasonably priced real estate draws both home buyers and renters to the Fox Cities. The median home price is $165,000 – over $60,000 under the national average. In 2019, Appleton ranked #56 on the Best Places to Live in America List by livability.com. Trendy downtown apartments and newly-built suburban homes offer a wide variety of styles for affordable prices. 

If you’re ready to build your Fox Cities home or want to remodel your existing house, contact Turnkey Homes LLC. We’re Kaukauna’s premier custom home builder. Your home is the biggest investment you can make in your lifetime, so you should choose a contractor who will provide you with the best rates. Time after time, Turnkey Homes has embraced the competition knowing that we can provide the best quality and craftsmanship for a very affordable price.

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