Menasha (town), Wisconsin

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Menasha, Wisconsin
Menasha Town Hall
Menasha Town Hall
Motto: Bridging the Fox Cities
Menasha is located in Wisconsin
Location within the state of Wisconsin
Coordinates: 44°12′36″N 88°25′27″W / 44.21000°N 88.42417°W / 44.21000; -88.42417Coordinates: 44°12′36″N 88°25′27″W / 44.21000°N 88.42417°W / 44.21000; -88.42417
Country United States
State Wisconsin
County Winnebago
 • Total 13.9 sq mi (36.0 km2)
 • Land 12.2 sq mi (31.5 km2)
 • Water 1.7 sq mi (4.5 km2)
Population (2010)
 • Total 18,498
 • Density 1,521/sq mi (587.2/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP codes 54915, 54952, 54956
Area code(s) 920
FIPS code 55-50850

Menasha is a town in Winnebago County, Wisconsin, United States. The population was 18,498 at the 2010 census,[1] making it the second most populous town in the state of Wisconsin.[2] The City of Menasha is partially within the town. The unincorporated community of Waverly Beach is also located partially in the town. In an April 2016 referendum, the portion of the town west of Little Lake Butte des Morts voted to become the village of Fox Crossing.[3]


In December 2014, a petition was circulated to incorporate the west side of the town as the Village of Fox Crossing.[4][5] It needed 50 signatures to file the petition in Winnebago County court; it had received over 200 by March 2015.[2] Town leaders estimate that it would cost $85000 to incorporate and possibly $75000 in legal fees to defend against challenges.[2] An incorporation committee suggested incorporating 10600 residents west of the Fox River followed later by annexing the 7900 residents east of the river.[2]


The town is located in the northeast corner of Winnebago County and partially surrounds the city of Menasha. It is located at the north end of Lake Winnebago, the outlet of which, the Fox River, flows through the middle of the town as Little Lake Butte des Morts.[2] The city of Neenah borders the town to the south, and the town of Clayton is to the west. To the north and east is Outagamie County, with the city of Appleton to the northeast, and the towns of Grand Chute and Greenville to the north.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 13.9 square miles (36.0 km2), of which 12.2 square miles (31.5 km2) is land and 1.7 square miles (4.5 km2), or 12.50%, is water.[1]


As of the census[6] of 2000, there were 15,858 people, 6,298 households, and 4,320 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,277.9 people per square mile (493.4/km²). There were 6,521 housing units at an average density of 525.5 per square mile (202.9/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 95.44% White, 0.39% African American, 0.45% Native American, 1.66% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 1.19% from other races, and 0.83% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.11% of the population.

There were 6,298 households out of which 31.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.6% were married couples living together, 7.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.4% were non-families. 24.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.4% 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 2.98.

In the town the population was spread out with 24.2% under the age of 18, 9.1% from 18 to 24, 31.0% from 25 to 44, 24.6% from 45 to 64, and 11.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 99.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.7 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $50,887, and the median income for a family was $60,097. Males had a median income of $41,093 versus $27,313 for females. The per capita income for the town was $24,393. About 3.3% of families and 4.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.0% of those under age 18 and 3.1% of those age 65 or over.

Notable people[edit]

  • William P. Grimes, businessman, farmer, and politician, lived in the town; Grimes served as chairman of the town board.[7]
  • Helen F. Thompson, businesswoman, teacher, and politician, was born in the town.[8]



  1. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Menasha town, Winnebago County, Wisconsin". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved January 30, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Duke Behnke (March 30, 2015). "Lawsuit could drive up town's cost to become a village". Appleton Post Crescent. Retrieved February 19, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Part of Town of Menasha to become Village of Fox Crossing". WLUK. Retrieved April 21, 2016. 
  4. ^ Duke Behnke. "Town of Menasha petitions to become a village". Appleton Post Crescent, December 30, 2014.
  5. ^ Town of Menasha, Wisconsin-Incorporation Update
  6. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  7. ^ 'Wisconsin Blue Book 1935, Biographical Sketch of William P. Grimes, pg. 235
  8. ^ 'Wisconsin Blue Book 1927,' Biographical Sketch of Helen F. Thompson, pg. 718

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