De Pere, Wisconsin

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De Pere, Wisconsin
City
De Pere Dam on the Fox River at De Pere
De Pere Dam on the Fox River at De Pere
Location in Brown County and the state of Wisconsin.
Location in Brown County and the state of Wisconsin.
Coordinates: 44°26′46″N 88°4′27″W / 44.44611°N 88.07417°W / 44.44611; -88.07417Coordinates: 44°26′46″N 88°4′27″W / 44.44611°N 88.07417°W / 44.44611; -88.07417
Country United States
State Wisconsin
County Brown
Incorporated 1857
Government
 • Mayor Mike Walsh
Area[1]
 • Total 12.30 sq mi (31.86 km2)
 • Land 11.58 sq mi (29.99 km2)
 • Water 0.72 sq mi (1.86 km2)
Elevation 600 ft (183 m)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 23,800
 • Estimate (2012[3]) 24,209
 • Density 2,055.3/sq mi (793.6/km2)
Time zone Central (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Area code(s) 920
FIPS code 55-19775[4]
GNIS feature ID 1563754[5]
Website www.de-pere.org
City Hall
Downtown De Pere
Welcome sign
A home the North Broadway Street Historic District in DePere, Wisconsin

De Pere is a city located in Brown County, Wisconsin, United States. The population was 23,800 at the 2010 census. De Pere is a suburb of Green Bay and is part of the Green Bay Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Registered historic places[edit]

De Pere has several areas on the National Register of Historic Places. North Broadway Street Historic District is listed as #83003368. Large homes line Broadway, Ridgeway Blvd., Morris, Fulton, Franklin, Cass, Front, and Wisconsin Streets near the Fox River.[6]

The De Pere Lock and Dam Historic District (#93001331) was added in 1993.[7]

History[edit]

In 1671 French Jesuit explorer Père Claude-Jean Allouez founded the St. Francis Xavier Mission at the last set of rapids on the Fox River before entering Lake Michigan. The site was known as Rapides Des Pères (rapids of the fathers) which became modern day De Pere.[8]

Originally De Pere consisted of only the community on the east side of the river; however, in 1890 the City of West De Pere, on the west side of the river, consolidated with the city of De Pere to form one community.

St. Norbert College, which abuts the banks of the Fox River on the city's west side near the Claude Allouez Bridge, was founded by Norbertine Abbot Pennings in 1898.

Geography[edit]

De Pere is located at 44°26′46″N 88°4′27″W / 44.44611°N 88.07417°W / 44.44611; -88.07417 (44.4460910,-88.0740510).[9]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 12.30 square miles (31.86 km2), of which, 11.58 square miles (29.99 km2) is land and 0.72 square miles (1.86 km2) is water.[1]

Demographics[edit]

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 23,800 people, 9,254 households, and 5,869 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,055.3 inhabitants per square mile (793.6 /km2). There were 9,742 housing units at an average density of 841.3 per square mile (324.8 /km2). The racial makeup of the city was 94.0% White, 0.9% African American, 1.2% Native American, 1.5% Asian, 0.7% from other races, and 1.8% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.1% of the population.

There were 9,254 households of which 33.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.4% were married couples living together, 9.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.1% had a male householder with no wife present, and 36.6% were non-families. 29.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.39 and the average family size was 2.97.

The median age in the city was 33.7 years. 23.8% of residents were under the age of 18; 14.1% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 26.4% were from 25 to 44; 23.9% were from 45 to 64; and 11.7% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.9% male and 52.1% female.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census of 2000,[4] there were 20,559 people, 7,724 households, and 5,020 families reside in the city. The population density was 1,938.4 people per square mile (748.2/km²). There were 7,993 housing units at an average density of 753.6 per square mile (290.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 96.71% White, 0.54% African American, 0.92% Native American, 0.75% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.19% from other races, and 0.86% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.98% of the population.

There were 7,724 households out of which 33.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.2% were married couples living together, 7.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.0% were non-families. 27.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.46 and the average family size was 3.04.

In the city the population was spread out with 24.5% under the age of 18, 14.8% from 18 to 24, 30.8% from 25 to 44, 18.5% from 45 to 64, and 11.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females there were 93.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.6 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $50,282, and the median income for a family was $61,688. Males had a median income of $39,710 versus $27,166 for females. The per capita income for the city was $24,013. About 2.3% of families and 4.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.2% of those under the age of 18 and 5.4% of those 65 and older.

Education[edit]

De Pere is the only city in the state of Wisconsin with two school districts. This is a hold over from when the communities on the east and west sides of the Fox River were indeed separate municipalities. While the city has been in its current form since 1890, the two original school districts remain.

The Unified School District of De Pere has the following schools:

  • De Pere High School
  • De Pere Middle School
  • Foxview Intermediate School
  • Dickinson Elementary School
  • Heritage Elementary School
  • Altmayer Elementary School

The School District of West De Pere has the following schools:

  • West De Pere High School
  • West De Pere Middle School
  • Westwood Elementary School
  • Hemlock Creek Elementary School
  • Phantom Knight Charter School

The De Pere Private Schools:

De Pere is also home to St. Norbert College, a private Roman Catholic liberal arts college.

Syble Hopp is a school for children ages 3-21 years old who have cogntive and other developmental disabilities. The school is located in DePere and is operated by the Brown County CDEB. [10]

Religion[edit]

The National Shrine of Saint Joseph is located at Saint Norbert Abbey.

Government[edit]

De Pere is represented by Reid Ribble (R) in the United States House of Representatives, and by Ron Johnson (R) and Tammy Baldwin (D) in the United States Senate. Frank Lasee (R) and Dave Hansen (D) represent De Pere in the Wisconsin State Senate, and Andre Jacque (R) and John Klenke (R) represent De Pere in the Wisconsin State Assembly.

De Pere is governed by a city administrator, a mayor, and a city council. The city council consists of 8 alderpersons, 2 elected from each of 4 districts. The mayor is also elected. All elected officials serve 2-year terms.

Mayors

Transportation[edit]

U.S. Highway 41 travels north-south on the west side of De Pere. Wisconsin Highway 32/Wisconsin Highway 57 enter De Pere from the south and split in the middle of De Pere. WIS 32 heads east/west through De Pere before turning north. WIS 57 continues straight north. There is limited transit service operated by Green Bay Metro and the CN provides freight railroad service. The Fox River is navigable for boat/canoe traffic with the exception of a dam.

Notable residents[edit]

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