De Pere, Wisconsin
De Pere (pronounced locally as "dee-peer") is a city located in Brown County, Wisconsin, United States. The population was 23,800 at the 2010 census. De Pere is part of the Green Bay Metropolitan Statistical Area.
De Pere, Wisconsin
De Pere Dam on the Fox River at De Pere
Location of De Pere in Brown County, Wisconsin
|• Mayor||Mike Walsh|
|• City Council|
|• Total||12.69 sq mi (32.86 km2)|
|• Land||11.92 sq mi (30.87 km2)|
|• Water||0.77 sq mi (1.98 km2)|
|Elevation||600 ft (183 m)|
| • Estimate |
|• Density||2,100.17/sq mi (810.87/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC-6 (Central)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-5 (CDT)|
|GNIS feature ID||1563754|
At the arrival of the first European, Jean Nicolet, who visited the place in 1634–1635, De Pere was the site of a polyglot settlement of several thousand attracted by the fishing at the first rapids of the Fox River. 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 it enters Lake Michigan. The site was known as Rapides Des Pères (rapids of the fathers) which became modern day De Pere.
Originally De Pere consisted solely of 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 a single community.
Registered historic placesEdit
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.
The Randall Avenue Historic District was added in 2007.
The Edwin and Jennie Gutknecht House was listed in 2015.
The St. Norbert College Historic District was added to the list in 2018.
De Pere is located at (44.4460910,-88.0740510).
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.
|U.S. Decennial Census|
As of the census 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.
As of the census of 2000, there were 20,559 people, 7,724 households, and 5,020 families residing 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.
De Pere is represented by Mike Gallagher (R) in the United States House of Representatives, and by Ron Johnson (R) and Tammy Baldwin (D) in the United States Senate. Robert Cowles (R) and Dave Hansen (D) represent De Pere in the Wisconsin State Senate, while Andre Jacque (R), David Steffen (R), and John Macco (R) represent De Pere in the Wisconsin State Assembly.
De Pere has a mayor-council form of government. The mayor is also elected. The city council consists of eight alderpersons, two elected from each of four districts. All elected officials serve two-year terms.
De Pere is served by two school districts.
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
De Pere private schools:
- Notre Dame of De Pere
- Our Lady of Lourdes
Syble Hopp is a school for children ages 3–21 years old who have cognitive and other developmental disabilities. It is operated by the Brown County Children with Disabilities Education Board.
Interstate 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 and canoe traffic with the exception of a dam.
- Arthur J. Altmeyer - Commissioner of Social Security
- Jason Berken - MLB player
- Wilson Charles - athlete
- Robert John Cornell - Roman Catholic priest, former member of the United States House of Representatives
- Charles W. Day - Wisconsin State Senator
- Gary T. Dilweg - Wisconsin State Representative
- Burley Follett - former mayor of Green Bay, Wisconsin
- Paul Gigot - political commentator
- Earl Gilson - Wisconsin State Representative
- Charles Hall - Wisconsin State Representative
- Robert J. Havighurst - physicist
- Charlie Hill - comedian
- James F. Hughes - U.S. Representative
- Henry J. Janssen - Wisconsin State Representative
- Joseph Konopka - incarcerated terrorist known as "Dr. Chaos"
- Scott McCurley - NFL assistant coach
- Robert J. McGeehan - Wisconsin State Senator
- Terry Anne Meeuwsen - Miss America 1973, Miss Wisconsin 1972, co-host of the 700 Club, born in De Pere
- George F. Merrill - Wisconsin State Senator
- Enos Warren Persons - Wisconsin State Senator
- John Schneider (American football executive) - NFL executive
- Edward A. Seymour - Wisconsin State Representative
- Alexander Hanchett Smith - mycologist
- Gale Staley - MLB player
- William J. Sweeney - Wisconsin State Representative
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