Grand Chute, Wisconsin

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Town of Grand Chute, Wisconsin
Motto: Tradition and Progress
Location of Grand Chute within Wisconsin
Location of Grand Chute within Wisconsin
Coordinates: 44°16′54″N 88°26′17″W / 44.28167°N 88.43806°W / 44.28167; -88.43806Coordinates: 44°16′54″N 88°26′17″W / 44.28167°N 88.43806°W / 44.28167; -88.43806
Country United States
State Wisconsin
County Outagamie
Surrounding Towns Center, Ellington, Greenville, Little Chute, Menasha
Settled 1849
 • Type Town Board
 • Town Chairman David A. Schowalter[1]
 • Town 25.0 sq mi (64.6 km2)
 • Land 24.9 sq mi (64.5 km2)
 • Water 0.1 sq mi (0.2 km2)
Elevation 790 ft (241 m)
Population (2010)
 • Town 20,919
 • Density 840.1/sq mi (324.3/km2)
 • Metro 360,000
Time zone CST (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP Code 54913, 54914
Area code(s) 920
FIPS code 55-30075[2]
GNIS feature ID 1583295[3]

Grand Chute (French: great fall or "large rapids") is a town in Outagamie County, Wisconsin, United States. The unincorporated community of Apple Creek is partially located in the town and the ghost towns of Grand Chute and Lawesburg are located in the town. It is perhaps best known as the birthplace of controversial American Senator Joseph McCarthy.

It now serves as the headquarters of the John Birch Society.[4]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 25.0 square miles (64.6 km²), of which, 24.9 square miles (64.5 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.2 km²) of it is water. The total area is 0.32% water.

Grand Chute is the largest town in Wisconsin, both in terms of population (20,919 at the 2010 census)[5] and valuation (over $2.4 billion).[6] It is part of the Fox Cities metroplex that includes Oshkosh, Neenah, Menasha, and Appleton.


As of the census[7] of 2010, there were 20,919 people, 9,378 households, and 5,390 families residing in the town. The population density was 836.8 people per square mile (323.8/km²). There were 9,932 housing units at an average density of 397.3 per square mile (153.7/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 89.3% White, 1.4% African American, 0.4% Native American, 4.5% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 2.5% from other races, and 1.6% from two or more races. 4.9% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 9,378 households out of which 25.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.9% were married couples living together, 7.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 42.5% were non-families. 32.9% 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 2.21 and the average family size was 2.84.

In the town the population was spread out with 20.0% under the age of 18, 10.3% from 18 to 24, 27.3% from 25 to 44, 28.0% from 45 to 64, and 14.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38.8 years. For every 100 females there were 94.6 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $52,813, and the median income for a family was $69,224. Males had a median income of $50,483 versus $37,073 for females. The per capita income for the town was $32,557. 8.9% of the population and 3.4% of families were below the poverty line. 9.3% of those under the age of 18 and 5.6% of those 65 and older were living below the poverty line.

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  1. ^ "Town Board". Town of Grand Chute. Retrieved 18 July 2014. 
  2. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  4. ^ "Holding Firm Against Plots by Evildoers". Dan Barry (June 25, 2009), The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-04-04.
  5. ^ "American Fact Finder". Retrieved October 22, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Town of Grand Chute website". Retrieved April 9, 2009. 
  7. ^ "American Fact Finder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 18 July 2014. 
  8. ^ "Fox Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau". Retrieved April 9, 2009. 
  9. ^ "Plamann Park website". Retrieved April 9, 2009. 

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