Neenah is a city on Lake Winnebago in Winnebago County, Wisconsin, United
Location of Neenah, Wisconsin
Its population was 24,507 at the 2000
census. The city is surrounded by, but is politically
independent of, the Town of Neenah.
Neenah is the southwestern-most of the
of Northeast Wisconsin.
It is the
smaller in population of the two principal cities of the Oshkosh-Neenah, Wisconsin Metropolitan Statistical Area,
which is included in the Appleton-Oshkosh-Neenah Combined Statistical Area.
Island is located partially in Neenah.
Neenah was named for the Winnebago word for "water" or "running
water" by Governor James Duane
. The area was first designated an industrial and
agricultural mission to the Menominee
in 1835, and early settlement by Americans of European
descent began a few years later, stimulated in large part by the
proximity of the area to the Fox River.
Neenah is located at (44.174035, -88.468508) .
According to the United
States Census Bureau
, the city has a total area of
8.6 square miles
), of which, 8.2 square
miles (21.4 km²) of it is land and 0.3 square miles
(0.9 km²) of it (3.85%) is water.
As of the census
of 2000, there were 24,507
people, 9,834 households and 6,578 families residing in the city.
The population density
2,971.7 people per square mile (1,146.9/km²). There were 10,198
housing units at an average density of 1,236.6/sq mi
(477.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 96.08% White
, 0.34% Black
or African American
, 0.55% Native American
, 0.86% from other races
, and 1.20% from two
or more races. 2.02% of the population were Hispanic
Thirty-five percent of the households had children under the age of
18 living with them, 53.8% were married
living together, 9.8% had a female householder with no
husband present, and 33.1% were non-families. 27.5% of all
households were made up of individuals and 10.1% had someone living
alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size
was 2.47 and the average family size was 3.03.
In the city the population was spread out with 27.5% under the age
of 18, 7.6% from 18 to 24, 32.0% from 25 to 44, 20.3% from 45 to
64, and 12.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was
35 years. For every 100 females there were 94.6 males. For every
100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.8 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $45,773, and the
median income for a family was $55,329. Males had a median income
of $39,140 versus $25,666 for females. The per capita income
for the city was
$24,280. About 3.3% of families and 5.4% of the population were
below the poverty line
, including 6.4%
of those under age 18 and 7.2% of those age 65 or over.
Neenah hosts significant steel and paper industries. Kimberly-Clark was founded in Neenah and
maintains significant operations there, though its headquarters
moved to Irving,
Texas in the 1980s following a dispute over taxes between
the CEO and the governor of Wisconsin.
Neenah is well-known for producing manhole
at Neenah Foundry
has a world-renowned collection of glass art, comprising
over 3,000 pieces, concentrating in historic paperweights and
- Perhaps the most notable resident of Neenah was film director
Howard Hawks, whose mother was a Neenah
native. Her husband, Frank Hawks, moved to Neenah
Indiana, when Howard was an infant. The family
resided in Neenah in a house they had built on Wisconsin Avenue,
then Neenah's most prestigious thoroughfare, until Mrs. Hawks' best
friend Theda Clark, a Kimberly-Clark
heiress, died young. Mrs. Hawks' grief motivated the family to
move to Pasadena,
California, where they had previously wintered.
- Marcus Lee Hansen, historian
and Pulitzer Prize winner, born in
- John Whitlinger, tennis player, born in Neenah
- Charles B. Clark, U.S. Representative
- Samuel A. Cook, U.S. Representative
- Jim Hall, professional
- Elmer J. Burr, Medal of
- Kenneth E. Stumpf, Medal of Honor recipient
- Rich Loiselle, MLB player
- John Schneller, NFL player
- Wayne Kreklow, NBA player, head coach of the Missouri Tigers women's volleyball team
- Ryan G. Van Cleave, author and educator
- Jack Ankerson, NFL player
- Kenneth John
Conant, architectural historian, professor at Harvard
- Philip Daly,
- Kris Kelderman, MLS player and assistant coach
- Konrad Tuchscherer,
- Tami Whitlinger, WTA player
- Frank Bateman Keefe, U.S.
- John Strange, Lieutenant
Governor of Wisconsin
- Neenah [origin of place name]
- City of Neenah, Wisconsin - Heritage