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Fond du Lac

Fond du Lac, Wisconsin

  •   State: 
    Fond du Lac County
    Fond du Lac
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    43°46′N 88°27′W
      Area total: 
    20.54 sq mi
      Area land: 
    19.23 sq mi (49.80 km²)
      Area water: 
    1.31 sq mi (3.39 km²)
    760 ft (232 m)
    1836; Settled 1836; Incorporated 1847 (as a village ), 1852 (as a city )
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      Dman name cbsa: 
    Fond du Lac, WI
    Eastern Standard Time (EST) UTC-5:00; Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) UTC-4:00
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    Fond du Lac, Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin, United States

  •   Population: 
      Population density: 
    2,323.8 residents per square mile of area (897.2/km²)
      Household income: 
      Unemployment rate: 
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Fond du Lac is a city in Fond du lac County, Wisconsin, United States. The population was 44,678 at the 2020 census. The city forms the core of the United States Census Bureau's Fond Du Lac Metropolitan Statistical Area, which includes all of FondDu Lac County (2020 population: 104,154) The city lies on the southern shore of Lake Winnebago. It has 20 listings on the National Register of Historic Places, including four historic districts. The record low was 41 °F (41 °C) on January 30, 1951; the record high was 111 °C (44 °F) on July 13, 1936; the days immediately before and after that date hit 109 °F and 110 °F, respectively. It is located at 43°46N 88°27W (43.775, 88.445). According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 20.54 square miles (53.20 km²), of which, 19.23 squaremile (49.81 km²) is land and 1.31 square mile (3.39 km 2) is water. The east and west branches of the Fonddu Lac River connect in the city and the river then flows into LakeWinnebaga near Lakeside Park. It was the site of an Allied prisoner of war camp that held 300 German prisoners of war guarded by 39 U.S. soldiers in the summer of 1944. In the late 1880s, logging and milling were primary industries, with access to the lake as the engine of the industry.


Fond du Lac is the primary city name, but also N Fond Du Lac, North Fond Du Lac are acceptable city names or spellings. The official name is Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. "Fond du Lac" is French for the "bottom" or the "farthest point" "of the lake," so named because of its location at the bottom (south end) of Lake Winnebago. Native American tribes, primarily the Winnebagos but also the Potawatomi, Kickapoo, and Mascoutin lived or gathered in the area long before European explorers arrived. Logging and milling were primary industries in the late 1880s, with access to the lake as the engine of the industry. From June 1944 to August 1944, the Fond Du Lac County Fairgrounds was the site of an Allied prisoner of war camp. The first English newspaper in FondDuLac was founded in 1856; the first school was built in 1843; and the first railroad came to the community in 1852. In 1836, during the Wisconsin Territorial Legislature, John Arndt proposed making Fond du lac the new capital. The motion failed, and Doty convinced the legislature to choose Madison instead. The town has 20 listings on the National Register of Historic Places; most of the buildings listed in the register were a result of economic prosperity following the lumber industry boom in the Fox Valley and the newly rich building residences in the region. The city's name is derived from the French word for bottom, "fond," which means "to bottom" or "to the bottom of" the lake, and "du Lac" which means bottom of the lake.


Fond du Lac is at 43°46N 88°27W (43.775, 88.445) The city has a total area of 20.54 square miles (53.20 km²) of which 19.23 square miles is land. The east and west branches of the Fond Du Lac River connect in the city. The river then flows into Lake Winnebago near Lakeside Park. The record high was 111 °F (44 °C) on July 13, 1936; the days immediately before and after that date hit 109 °F and 110 °F, respectively. The city is located on the southern shore of Lake WinNEbago. It is located in the Upper Great Lakes region of the U.S. and is on the shores of the Wisconsin Dells River. It has a humid continental climate (Köppen "Dfb" / "Cfa"). The record low was 41 °F on January 30, 1951, and the record high on that day was 111°F (44 °C). The city's average annual rainfall is 1.7 inches (4.3 km²). It has an average annual temperature of 1.8 inches (5.7 km²), which is lower than the national average of 2.4 inches (7.1 km².) The city was founded in 1805 and was named after the town of Fonddu Lac, Wisconsin. It was the first city in the state to be incorporated in 1808.


As of the census of 2020, the city population was 44,678. Ethnically, the population was 8.6% Hispanic or Latino of any race. The 2020 census population of the city included 1,109 people incarcerated in adult correctional facilities and 609 people in student housing. According to the American Community Survey estimates for 2016-2020, the median income for a household in the city was $54,587. Of the population age 25 and over, 90.6%. were high school graduates or higher and 23.1% had a bachelor's degree or higher. The city's median age was 36.9 years, and the gender makeup was 47.7% male and 52.3% female. There were 17,519 housing units at an average density of 1,038.3 per square mile (401.0/km²). The racial makeup of theCity was 93.59% White, 1.86% Black or African American, 0.51% Native American, 1.52% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 1,27% from other races, and 2.25% two or more races. The average household size was 2.28 and the average family size was2.94. The median age in the City was 37 years, while the city's average age was 42.6 years. It has a population density of 2,323.8 inhabitants per squaremile (897.2/ km²).


Fond du Lac is a city in Wisconsin. It is located in the state's central region. The city has a population of about 2,000. It has been in existence since the mid-19th century. It was named after the town of the same name, which means "fond" or "fool" in French. The town's name is derived from the town's first name, "Fond de l'Fond" which is the French word for "fonds" It is the first city in the U.S. to have been named after a city, not a city. It's the first town in the world to have had a city council, which was formed in 1872. It also has a city hall, which is called the "Town of the Fond de L'L'L" The city's name comes from the city's first citizen, who was born in 1871. The current mayor is named after his great-great-grandfather, who died in 1883. He was also the first mayor of the town to be elected to a full term, which began in 1894. He is the son of a former mayor, who also served in the city council. The mayor is the grandson of the former mayor of Fond Du Lac, who served from 1969 to 1974. He has been elected to three terms, the last two as mayor of this town. He also served two terms as mayor, the third of which was in 2000.


Fond du Lac's population is about one-third Roman Catholic. In 2000 the six Catholic parishes merged into a single entity called Holy Family Catholic Community. St. Louis Catholic Church burned down in 2007 and the building was demolished. The motherhouse of the Congregation of Sisters of Saint Agnes is in Fond du lac. The order founded and continues to sponsor Marian University in FOND du Lac. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints maintains a local ward meetinghouse. The Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod has four churches: Redeemer Lutheran, Good Shepherd Lutheran, St. Peter's Lutheran, and Faith Lutheran Church. The Episcopal Diocese of FondDu Lac is the diocese's mother church: St. Paul's Cathedral is the Diocese's episcopal see. It also has a synagogue, Temple Beth Israel. Although Jewish people first came to Fond Du Lac in the late 19th century, the first synagogue was not established until 1914. The diocese is the ep Episcopal see of the Episcopal Church in the United States, which was founded in 1788. It is based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, but has a satellite office in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Diocese also has an office in Chicago, where it has a sister diocese, based in Madison, Illinois. It has offices in Milwaukee and Chicago, with a satellite offices in Chicago and Milwaukee, as well as an office and library in Greenfield, Wisconsin and a library in Milwaukee.


Fond du Lac is home to three colleges: Marian University, a private Catholic four-year university, the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, and Moraine Park Technical College. The city has four Lutheran primary schools and one Catholic high school. Fond du lac also has a number of private secondary schools, including Winnebago Lutheran Academy, a Lutheran high school, and Trinity Baptist School, a Baptist K12 school. The town's public schools are served by the Fond Du Lac School District. The district also has two middle schools, one for K-8 students, and one for 9-12 students. The school district's high school is the only public high school in the city. It is located on Campus Dr. in the town's downtown area. The high school was built in 1922 and is still the city's only public school. It educates students in K3 through grade 12. It was named L.(owell) P.(ierce?). Goodrich High School, c.1955. The name of the high school changed to L.(Powell) P.ierce? Goodrich. High School in 2001. The current high school opened in 1965 and is located in a former administration building on 9th St. The original part of the building was torn down about the time of the new high school's opening. It became partially the administration building for the school district (9th St.) and partially Riverside Elementary School (Linden St.) It is now called FondDu Lac High School.

Business and industry

Mercury Marine is the largest maker of outboard motors in the world. Other industry includes Giddings & Lewis, Brenner Tank and Saputo Cheese. Fond du Lac has one hospital, St. Agnes Hospital. Other businesses include Charter Communications, Society Insurance and an office of Anthem. It is also home to a Nielsen Corporation data gathering center. The town has a population of 4,000, according to the city's 2010 census. The city's population was 4,100 in the year 2000, the census report said. It has a current population of 3,856, the Census report said, and a population growth rate of 1.7 percent. The village has a history of being the site of the U.S. Civil War and the Battle of the Bulge, the town's last major battle. It was also the location of the Great Depression, which began in the late 1800s and ended in the early 1900s. It also is home to the University of Wisconsin-Superior, which was founded in 1838. The community has a long history of supporting the arts and sciences, including music, dance and theater. It's also the home of the St. John's College of Music, which opened in 1849. It now has a symphony hall, a theater, a library and a museum. The library is located in the town center, and the town also has a library, a museum and a community center, as well as other businesses.


The main retailers in Fond du Lac include Kohl's, Walmart, Target, T.J. Maxx, Mills Fleet Farm and Menards. The primary grocery stores consist of Walmart, Pick-n-Save, Aldi, Save-Alot, Festival Foods, and Piggly Wiggly, along with smaller and ethnic supermarkets. Forest Mall was torn down in the summer/fall of 2020, with Kohls remaining. As of early 2021, a Meijer is announced to replace a portion of the old mall, and a Big Lots and Hobby Lobby now replace the former Shopko. The town has a population of about 2,000. It is located in the U.S. state of Wisconsin. The city is located on the shores of the Wisconsin Dells and the Wisconsin River. It was once known as the "Gateway to the Great Lakes" because of its location on the Dells River. The village's population is about 1,000, with the majority of its residents living in the town of Fond Du Lac. It has been the site of several World War II-era battles, including the Battle of the Bulge, which took place in the late 1800s and early 1900s. It also was the location of the first World War I-era air base, which was built in the early 1800s. In the early 20th century, the town was home to the Wisconsin Army National Guard, which is still present today.

Air Quality, Water Quality, Superfund Sites & UV Index

The Air Quality index is in Fond du Lac, Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin = 72.2. These Air Quality index is based on annual reports from the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The number of ozone alert days is used as an indicator of air quality, as are the amounts of seven pollutants including particulates, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, lead, and volatile organic chemicals. The Water Quality Index is 23. A measure of the quality of an area’s water supply as rated by the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The EPA has a complex method of measuring the watershed quality, using 15 indicators such as pollutants, turbidity, sediments, and toxic discharges. The Superfund Sites Index is 89. Higher is better (100=best). Based upon the number and impact of EPA Superfund pollution sites in the county, including spending on the cleanup efforts. The UV Index in Fond du Lac = 3.4 and is a measure of an area's exposure to the sun's ultraviolet rays. This is most often a combination of sunny weather, altitude, and latitude. The UV Index has been defined by the WHO ( and is uniform worldwide.


The most recent city population of 44,678 individuals with a median age of 37.4 age the population grows by 0.85% in Fond du Lac, Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin population since 2000 and are distributed over a density of 2,323.8 residents per square mile of area (897.2/km²). There are average 2.3 people per household in the 17,266 households with an average household income of $44,604 a year. The unemployment rate in Alabama is 9.90% of the available work force and has dropped -2.72% over the most recent 12-month period and the projected change in job supply over the next decade based on migration patterns, economic growth, and other factors will increase by 24.66%. The number of physicians in Fond du Lac per 100,000 population = 170.8.


The annual rainfall in Fond du Lac = 29.3 inches and the annual snowfall = 36.3 inches. The annual number of days with measurable precipitation (over .01 inch) = 106. The average number of days per year that are predominantly sunny = 186. 82 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily high temperature for the month of July and 8.9 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily low temperature for the month of January. The Comfort Index (higher=better) is 48, where higher values mean a more pleasant climate. The Comfort Index measure recognizes that humidity by itself isn't the problem. (Have you noticed nobody ever complains about the weather being 'cold and humid?) It's in the summertime that we notice the humidity the most, when it's hot and muggy. Our Comfort Index uses a combination of afternoon summer temperature and humidity to closely predict the effect that the humidity will have on people.

Median Home Cost

The percentage of housing units in Fond du Lac, Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin which are owned by the occupant = 57.71%. A housing unit is a house, apartment, mobile home, or room occupied as separate living quarters. The average age of homes = 45 years with median home cost = $131,180 and home appreciation of -0.93%. This is the value of the years most recent home sales data. Its important to note that this is not the average (or arithmetic mean). The median home price is the middle value when you arrange all the sales prices of homes from lowest to highest. This is a better indicator than the average, because the median is not changed as much by a few unusually high or low values. The property tax rate of $18.35 shown here is the rate per $1,000 of home value. If for simplification for example the tax rate is $14.00 and the home value is $250,000, the property tax would be $14.00 x ($250,000/1000), or $3500. This is the 'effective' tax rate.


The local school district spends $5,736 per student. There are 16.3 students for each teacher in the school, 537 students for each Librarian and 627 students for each Counselor. 8.35% of the area’s population over the age of 25 with an Associate Degree or other 2-year college degree, 14.20% with a master’s degree, Ph.D. or other advanced college degree and 5.65% with high school diplomas or high school equivalency degrees (GEDs).

  • Fond du Lac's population in Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin of 15,110 residents in 1900 has increased 2,96-fold to 44,678 residents after 120 years, according to the official 2020 census.

    Approximately 52.65% female residents and 47.35% male residents live in Fond du Lac, Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin.

    As of 2020 in Fond du Lac, Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin are married and the remaining 42.83% are single population.

  • 18.5 minutes is the average time that residents in Fond du Lac require for a one-way commute to work. A long commute can have different effects on health. A Gallup poll in the US found that in terms of mental health, long haul commuters are up to 12 percent more likely to experience worry, and ten percent less likely to feel well rested. The Gallup poll also found that of people who commute 61­–90 minutes each day, a whopping one third complained of neck and back pain, compared to less than a quarter of people who only spend ten minutes getting to work.

    80.87% of the working population which commute to work alone in their car, 11.60% of the working population which commutes to work in a carpool, 0.93% of the population that commutes using mass transit, including bus, light rail, subway, and ferry. 1.36% of the population that has their home as their principal place of work.

  • Of the total residential buildings in Fond du Lac, Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin, 57.71% are owner-occupied homes, another 35.58% are rented apartments, and the remaining 6.71% are vacant.

  • The 64.50% of the population in Fond du Lac, Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin who identify themselves as belonging to a religion are distributed among the following most diverse religions.

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