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Green Bay, Wisconsin
Oneida: kanatá·ke[1]
Menominee: Pūcīhkit[2]
Ho-Chunk: Tee hoikšek[3]
City of Green Bay
Clockwise from top: Downtown Green Bay, Resch Center, Leo Frigo Memorial Bridge, Brown County Courthouse, Lambeau Field
Clockwise from top: Downtown Green Bay, Resch Center, Leo Frigo Memorial Bridge, Brown County Courthouse, Lambeau Field
Flag of Green Bay, Wisconsin
Official seal of Green Bay, Wisconsin
Nicknames: 
"Titletown", "Bayland", "Bay City", "Packerland", and "Packer City"
Location of Green Bay in Brown County, Wisconsin.
Location of Green Bay in Brown County, Wisconsin.
Green Bay, Wisconsin is located in the United States
Green Bay, Wisconsin
Green Bay, Wisconsin
Location in the United States
Coordinates: 44°30′48″N 88°0′57″W / 44.51333°N 88.01583°W / 44.51333; -88.01583Coordinates: 44°30′48″N 88°0′57″W / 44.51333°N 88.01583°W / 44.51333; -88.01583[4]
Country United States
State Wisconsin
CountyBrown
Government
 • Common Council[5]
Members
  • Barbara Dorff
  • Veronica Corpus-Dax
  • Lynn Gerlach
  • Bill Galvin
  • Craig Stevens
  • Kathy Lefebvre
  • Randy Scannell
  • Chris Wery
  • Brian Johnson
  • Mark Steuer
  • John S. VanderLeest
  • Jesse Brunette
Area
 • City55.76 sq mi (144.42 km2)
 • Land45.48 sq mi (117.80 km2)
 • Water10.28 sq mi (26.62 km2)
Elevation
581 ft (177 m)
Population
 • City107,395
 • RankUS: 272nd, WI: 3rd
 • Density2,299.38/sq mi (887.79/km2)
 • Urban
206,520 (US: 176th)
 • Metro
320,050 (US: 157th)
Time zoneUTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−5 (CDT)
ZIP code
54301-08, 54311, 54313, 54324, 54344
Area code920
FIPS code55-31000[8]
GNIS feature ID1565801[9]
Websitegreenbaywi.gov

Green Bay (/ˌɡrn ˈb/, Oneida: kanatá·ke) is a city in the U.S. state of Wisconsin. The county seat of Brown County, it is at the head of Green Bay (known locally as "the bay of Green Bay"), a sub-basin of Lake Michigan, at the mouth of the Fox River. It is 581 feet (177 m) above sea level and 112 miles (180 km) north of Milwaukee. As of the 2020 Census, Green Bay had a population of 107,395, making it the third-largest in the state of Wisconsin, after Milwaukee and Madison, and the third-largest city on Lake Michigan, after Chicago and Milwaukee.[10]

Green Bay is the principal city of the Green Bay Metropolitan Statistical Area, which covers Brown, Kewaunee, and Oconto counties.[11] Green Bay is well known for being the home city of the National Football League (NFL)'s Green Bay Packers.

History[edit]

Samuel de Champlain, the founder of New France, commissioned Jean Nicolet to form a peaceful alliance with Native Americans in the western areas, whose unrest interfered with French fur trade, and to search for a shorter trade route to China through Canada. Nicolet and others had learned from other First Nations of the Ho-Chunk (Winnebago) people, who identified as "People of the Sea", and believed they must reside on or near an Ocean.[12] Champlain had also heard about natural resources in the area, including fertile soil, forests, and animals. Nicolet began his journey for this new land shortly before winter in 1634.[13] In what later became a French fur-trading route, he sailed up the Ottawa River, through Lake Nipissing and down the French River to Lake Huron, then through the straits of Michilimackinac into Lake Michigan. He is believed to have landed at Red Banks, near the site of the modern-day city of Green Bay, Wisconsin.[14]

From the trading post La Baie des Puants to the town La Baie verte[edit]

Nicolet founded a small trading post here in 1634, originally named La Baye or La Baie des Puants (French for "the Bay of Stinking Waters").[15] Nicolet's settlement was one of the oldest European permanent settlements in America.[16]

When Nicolet arrived in the Green Bay area, he encountered the Menominee, who occupied this territory. He also met the Ho-Chunk (also known as the Winnebago), a people who spoke a Siouan language.

The Winnebago hunted and fished, and also cultivated corn, beans, squash, and tobacco. Wild rice, which they had incorporated as a dietary staple, grew in abundance along the riverbanks. The women regularly harvested and cooked this, along with a wide variety of nuts, berries, and edible roots which they gathered in the woods.[17] The men typically hunted and fished for food, and the women processed game and other foods in cooking. They prepared and made clothing from the furs, as well as using other parts of animals to make tools, cord, etc. Women also had a role in the political process, as no action could be taken without agreement of half of the women. Nicolet stayed with this tribe for about a year, becoming an ally. He helped open up opportunities for trade and commerce with them before returning to Quebec.[17]

Green Bay and Lake Winnebago on the 1835 Tourist's Pocket Map of Michigan, among the "Mennomonie" villages of Wisconsin Territory
Green Bay and Lake Winnebago on the 1835 Tourist's Pocket Map of Michigan, among the "Mennomonie" villages of Wisconsin Territory

A few months after Nicolet returned to Quebec, Champlain died. His death halted other journeys to La Baie Verte (French for "The Green Bay"). Père Claude Allouez sent Nicolas Perrot to La Baie. After this, the French avoided the area for some decades, because of the intensity of First Nations and European conflicts in the east. In 1671, a Jesuit Mission was set up in the area. A fort was added in 1717 and gradually associated development took place. The town was incorporated in 1754.

Great Britain took control of some French areas during the Seven Years' War, known as the French and Indian War in some areas of North America. They took control of this town in 1761. After the British defeated the French in 1763, France ceded its lands east of the Mississippi in North America.

The first permanent settlers were Charles de Langlade and his family from Quebec, who moved to Green Bay in 1765. They are considered the first European settlers in the present-day state of Wisconsin. Langlade, called the "Founder and Father of Wisconsin", was a métis or mixed-race, son of a French-Canadian father and an Ottawa woman. He grew up with his mother's family among the Ottawa people and became a war chief. The Ottawa were allies of the French during the French and Indian War, and Langlade is credited with planning the ambush of British General Braddock and George Washington. His family was followed to Green Bay by the Grignons, Porliers and Lawes, who brought French-Canadian culture with them. Colorful "jack-knife Judge" Reaume dispensed British justice in the territory after Great Britain took it over following the war.[17] These early ethnic French settlers set the tone for many who followed.

The British take-over[edit]

Built in 1776 by French-Canadian voyageur Joseph Roi, the Tank Cottage is the oldest standing building from the state's early years. Originally located on 8th Street along the Fox River, the cottage was moved to Heritage Hill State Historical Park in neighboring Allouez and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[18]

The British gradually took over Wisconsin during the French and Indian War, taking control of Green Bay in 1761 and gaining control of all of Wisconsin in 1763. Like the French, the British were interested in little but the fur trade. In 1791, two free African Americans set up a fur trading post among the Menominee at present day Marinette. The first permanent settlers, mostly French Canadians, some Anglo-New Englanders and a few African American freedmen, arrived in Wisconsin while it was under British control. Charles Michel de Langlade is generally recognized as the first settler, establishing a trading post at Green Bay in 1745, and moving there permanently in 1764.[19] Settlement began at Prairie du Chien around 1781. The French residents at the trading post in what is now Green Bay, referred to the town as "La Bey," however British fur traders referred to it as "Green Bay," because the water and the shore assumed green tints in early spring. The old French title was gradually dropped, and the British name of "Green Bay" stuck. The region coming under British rule had virtually no adverse effect on the French residents as the British needed the cooperation of the French fur traders and the French fur traders needed the goodwill of the British. During the French occupation of the region licenses for fur trading had been issued scarcely and only to select groups of traders, whereas the British, in an effort to make as much money as possible from the region, issued licenses for fur trading freely, both to British and French residents. The fur trade in what is now Wisconsin reached its height under British rule, and the first self-sustaining farms in the state were established as well. From 1763 to 1780, Green Bay was a prosperous community which produced its own foodstuff, built graceful cottages and held dances and festivities.[20]

After Independence[edit]

The Green Bay area was still under British control until the 1783 treaty formally ended the American Revolutionary War. Following the War of 1812, which in part was over disputes related to the border with Canada, the United States built Fort Howard on the Fox River in 1816 to protect its northern border.[17] Doty, Whitney, Arndt, Baird and Martin were among the many British-American settlers whose numbers pushed French culture into the background.[17]

The Erie Canal was completed in 1825, linking New England with the Great Lakes. This led to the advance of Green Bay as a trading center. The end of the Black Hawk War in 1832 also gave impetus to settlement of the region. Most of the settlers were farmers from New England who began using the Erie Canal to pour into Wisconsin. As more and more New England settlers arrived, Green Bay developed into a trading center for this population.[21]

Built in 1837, the Hazelwood Historic House Museum is on the National Register of Historic Places and is now used as the Brown County Historical Society.[22]

Wisconsin's first newspaper, The Green Bay Intelligencer, was started in 1833 by Albert Ellis and John V. Suydam. The borough of Green Bay, created in 1838, is the center of the present-day city. The borough combined the town of Astoria (a company town of the American Fur Company), with Navarino, platted by Daniel Whitney.[23] Before Wisconsin became a state in 1848, its commerce was based on the fur trade, which became dominated by John Jacob Astor's American Fur Company. After statehood, there was a shift away from fur trading toward lumbering. "For a short time in 1860s and 1870s, iron smelting in charcoal kilns rivaled the timber industry while the port handled increasing amounts of fuel, feed, and lumber. Today's major local industry had its start in 1865 when the first paper mill was built."[17]

1867 bird's eye illustration of Green Bay

By 1850 the town had a population of 1,923. The town was incorporated as the city of Green Bay in 1854. The Green Bay Area Public School District was founded in 1856.[17] Throughout the 1850s, word spread of America's cheap land and good soil, bringing in an influx of Belgian people, German, Scandinavian, Irish and Dutch immigrants, each adding to the culture. The greatest concentration of newcomers came from Belgium. They cleared the land to farm and build their homes.[17]

The railroad arrived in the 1860s. The three railroads that would reach Green Bay were the Chicago & North Western (C&NW), SOO Line, (SOO), and the Milwaukee Road (MILW). These railroads were highways which allowed people and products to travel all over the state, increasing business and trade opportunities. The area was able to grow and enrich itself with the use of the river and the plentiful timber resources. This led to the paper industry becoming the major employer in Green Bay, and opened up the port for international trade.[13]

Large numbers of Belgians immigrated to Green Bay in the thirty-year period between 1880 and 1910.[24] Significant numbers of English immigrants, many having lived first in Canada, also moved to Green Bay during this period, usually arriving as large families.[25] There was also a small Dutch community in Green Bay at this time.[26] Green Bay had a larger portion of first generation immigrants from France than any other city in Wisconsin at this time as well.[27]

In 1934, President Franklin D. Roosevelt came to Green Bay to honor its tercentenary.[15] By 1950, the city had a population of 52,735. In 1964, the Town of Preble was consolidated with the city of Green Bay.[28]

Geography[edit]

Green Bay is in the eastern part of Wisconsin at the mouth of the Fox River. Today, Interstate 43 meets Interstate 41 (also U.S. Route 41) in Green Bay, about 90 miles (140 km) north of Milwaukee.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 55.76 square miles (144.41km2), of which 45.48 square miles (117.79km2) is land and 10.28 square miles (26.62km2) is water.[29]

About 14% of the city of Green Bay is inside the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin reservation.[30]

Climate[edit]

Green Bay has a humid continental climate (Köppen climate classification Dfb),[31] with some moderation due to the city's proximity to Lake Michigan. Like other cities with this type of climate, there are four distinct seasons, often with severe or extreme variation between them in terms of temperature and precipitation. Green Bay experiences warm, humid summers and cold, snowy winters. The variance in temperature and precipitation between months is severe and often extreme. Tornadoes are rare in the Green Bay area, with the strongest being an F3 tornado that hit the community of Pittsfield on June 26, 1969.[32]

Monthly mean temperatures range from 16.6 °F (−8.6 °C) in January to 69.1 °F (20.6 °C) in July.[33] In July, the warmest month, the average high temperature is 81.2 °F (27.3 °C).[33] There are 6.1 days of 90 °F (32 °C)+ highs, 68 days where the high remains at or below freezing, and 19 days with sub-0 °F (−18 °C) lows annually. From December to February, even during thaws, the temperature rarely reaches 50 °F (10 °C). Extremes have ranged from −36 °F (−38 °C) on January 21, 1888, to 104 °F (40 °C) on July 13, 1936.

The wettest month in Green Bay is August, when 3.77 inches (95.8 mm) of precipitation falls, mostly in the form of rainfall from thunderstorms. The driest month in Green Bay is February, when the majority of precipitation falls as low moisture-content snow due to cold, dry air. On average, 1.01 inches (25.7 mm) of precipitation falls in February.

Climate data for Green Bay, Wisconsin (Austin Straubel Int'l), 1991–2020 normals, extremes 1886–present[a]
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 56
(13)
65
(18)
82
(28)
89
(32)
99
(37)
101
(38)
104
(40)
100
(38)
97
(36)
88
(31)
75
(24)
65
(18)
104
(40)
Mean maximum °F (°C) 43
(6)
47
(8)
62
(17)
77
(25)
85
(29)
90
(32)
91
(33)
89
(32)
86
(30)
78
(26)
62
(17)
48
(9)
93
(34)
Average high °F (°C) 25.5
(−3.6)
29.0
(−1.7)
40.4
(4.7)
53.8
(12.1)
67.1
(19.5)
76.6
(24.8)
81.0
(27.2)
78.9
(26.1)
71.7
(22.1)
58.0
(14.4)
43.5
(6.4)
31.1
(−0.5)
54.7
(12.6)
Daily mean °F (°C) 18.3
(−7.6)
21.1
(−6.1)
32.1
(0.1)
44.3
(6.8)
56.5
(13.6)
66.4
(19.1)
70.5
(21.4)
68.6
(20.3)
61.0
(16.1)
48.7
(9.3)
36.2
(2.3)
24.5
(−4.2)
45.7
(7.6)
Average low °F (°C) 11.1
(−11.6)
13.2
(−10.4)
23.9
(−4.5)
34.8
(1.6)
46.0
(7.8)
56.2
(13.4)
60.1
(15.6)
58.2
(14.6)
50.2
(10.1)
39.5
(4.2)
28.9
(−1.7)
18.0
(−7.8)
36.7
(2.6)
Mean minimum °F (°C) −11
(−24)
−10
(−23)
1
(−17)
22
(−6)
32
(0)
42
(6)
49
(9)
46
(8)
35
(2)
25
(−4)
12
(−11)
−5
(−21)
−16
(−27)
Record low °F (°C) −36
(−38)
−33
(−36)
−29
(−34)
7
(−14)
21
(−6)
32
(0)
40
(4)
38
(3)
24
(−4)
8
(−13)
−12
(−24)
−27
(−33)
−36
(−38)
Average precipitation inches (mm) 1.39
(35)
1.20
(30)
1.96
(50)
3.00
(76)
3.35
(85)
4.10
(104)
3.62
(92)
3.39
(86)
3.20
(81)
2.67
(68)
1.98
(50)
1.75
(44)
31.61
(803)
Average snowfall inches (cm) 14.3
(36)
12.0
(30)
8.1
(21)
4.7
(12)
0.0
(0.0)
0.0
(0.0)
0.0
(0.0)
0.0
(0.0)
0.0
(0.0)
0.3
(0.76)
3.1
(7.9)
13.1
(33)
55.6
(141)
Average precipitation days (≥ 0.01 in) 10.8 8.9 10.4 11.7 12.4 11.1 10.7 10.2 9.7 10.4 9.6 10.5 126.4
Average snowy days (≥ 0.1 in) 10.3 8.4 6.3 2.9 0.1 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.4 3.5 8.9 40.8
Average relative humidity (%) 74.0 73.5 72.8 67.0 65.9 68.9 71.3 75.1 76.5 74.4 76.9 77.3 72.8
Mean monthly sunshine hours 146.7 159.8 198.6 222.1 285.1 302.8 314.5 278.7 205.2 158.0 107.4 112.3 2,491.2
Percent possible sunshine 51 55 54 55 62 65 67 64 55 46 37 41 54
Source: NOAA (relative humidity and sun 1961–1990)[33][34][35]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
18602,275
18704,698106.5%
18807,47659.1%
18909,06921.3%
190023,748161.9%
191025,2166.2%
192031,64325.5%
193037,40718.2%
194046,20523.5%
195052,73514.1%
196062,95219.4%
197087,82939.5%
198087,9470.1%
199096,4669.7%
2000102,3136.1%
2010104,0571.7%
2020107,3953.2%
U.S. Decennial Census[36]
2020 census[37]

2020 census[edit]

As of the census of 2020,[38] the population was 107,395. The population density was 2,361.4 inhabitants per square mile (911.7/km2). There were 45,789 housing units at an average density of 1,006.8 per square mile (388.7/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 66.6% White, 5.5% Black or African American, 4.4% Asian, 4.4% Native American, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 8.4% from other races, and 10.6% from two or more races. Ethnically, the population was 17.9% Hispanic or Latino of any race.

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[39] of 2010, there were 104,057 people, 42,244 households, and 24,699 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,288.5 inhabitants per square mile (883.6/km2). There were 45,241 housing units at an average density of 995.0 per square mile (384.2/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 77.9% White, 3.5% African American, 4.1% Native American, 4.0% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 7.2% from other races, and 3.1% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino residents of any race were 13.4% of the population.

There were 42,244 households, of which 31.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.4% were married couples living together, 12.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.6% had a male householder with no wife present, and 41.5% were non-families. 32.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 9.6% 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 3.06.

The median age in the city was 33.7 years. 24.7% of residents were under the age of 18; 11.7% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 27.7% were from 25 to 44; 24.5% were from 45 to 64; and 11.3% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 49.4% male and 50.6% female.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census of 2000,[8] there were 102,313 people, 41,591 households, and 24,663 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,332.1 people per square mile (900.5/km2). There were 43,123 housing units at an average density of 982.9 per square mile (379.5/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 85.9% White, 1.4% African American, 3.3% Native American, 3.8% Asian, <0.1% Pacific Islander, 3.7% from other races, and 2.0% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino residents of any race were 7.1% of the population.

There were 41,591 households, of which 30.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.1% were married couples living together, 10.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 40.7% were non-families. About 31.6% of all households were made up of individuals, and 9.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.40 and the average family size was 3.06.

In the city, the age distribution of the population shows 25.4% under the age of 18, 11.6% from 18 to 24, 31.7% from 25 to 44, 19.5% from 45 to 64, and 11.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females, there were 97.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.8 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $38,820, and the median income for a family was $48,678. Males had a median income of $33,246 versus $23,825 for females. The per capita income for the city was $19,269. About 7.4% of families and 10.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.7% of those under the age of 18 and 9.2% of those 65 and older.

Religion[edit]

Cathedral of Saint Francis Xavier

In 2000, the American Religion Data Archive reported Green Bay to be predominantly Catholic (71.5%), with Lutherans composing an additional 16.4%. The remaining 12% is almost entirely made-up of other Protestant denominations.[40]

The Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod has four churches in Green Bay: St. Paul Lutheran Church,[41] First Evangelical Lutheran Church,[42] Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church,[43] and Messiah Lutheran Church.[44][45]

Christ the King Lutheran Church is a church of the Evangelical Lutheran Synod in Green Bay.[46]

There are two Kingdom Halls of Jehovah's Witnesses in the city, hosting 4 English congregations and a Spanish congregation.[47]

The city is the seat of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Green Bay. The Cathedral of Saint Francis Xavier in Green Bay is the mother church of the Diocese which is in the province of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. The Saint Joseph Oratory is in Green Bay. St. Mary of the Angels Church and Monastery is also located in the city.

The Islamic Society of Wisconsin, Green Bay serves the Islamic community. The Green Bay Area Unitarian Universalist Fellowship is in the city. Congregation Cnesses Israel Temple, serving the area's Jewish population, is on the city's east side.

Economy[edit]

Industry[edit]

Green Bay is known as the "Toilet Paper Capital of the World" because of the prevalence of the paper industry in the city.[48] Northern Paper Company, Fort Howard Paper Company, and Hoberg Paper Company were among Green Bay's first paper companies. Northern Paper Company offered the first splinter-free toilet paper in the early 1930s.[49] The presence of the paper industry helped Green Bay avoid the worst effects of the Great Depression.[50] Today, major paper producers include Georgia-Pacific,[51] Procter & Gamble,[52] and Steen-Macek Paper Company.[53]

Among the earliest packing companies in Green Bay were Acme Packing Company and Indian Packing Company, the namesake of the Green Bay Packers.[54] Today, major meatpackers in the city include JBS S.A. (formerly Packerland Packing)[55] and American Foods Group.

Largest employers[edit]

As of 2017, the largest employers in the city were:[56]

# Employer # of Employees
1 Humana 3,133
2 Bellin Health 2,892
3 Oneida Nation of Wisconsin 2,752
4 Schneider National 2,628
5 Aurora BayCare Medical Center 2,305
6 Georgia-Pacific 2,875
7 UnitedHealth Group 1,730
8 Green Bay Packaging 1,575
9 St. Vincent Hospital 1,563
10 American Foods Group 1,520

Other major employers include Associated Banc-Corp, Green Bay Area Public School District, JBS USA, Expert Global Solutions, Walmart, Procter & Gamble, Schreiber Foods, the Green Bay Packers, Nature's Way, HJ Martin and Son, and Nicolet National Bank.[57] Séura, a manufacturer of mirrors and flatscreen TVs, is another notable employer.[58]

Arts and culture[edit]

The Meyer Theatre
Broadway District
Downtown Green Bay CityDeck along the Fox River

The Meyer Theatre and the Hotel Northland are on the National Register of Historic Places. The Northland was once the largest hotel in Wisconsin.[59]

Daddy D Productions perform at Riverside Ballroom and Let Me Be Frank Productions perform at the Meyer Theatre.[60] The Civic Symphony of Green Bay performs at the Meyer Theatre, its home venue. The former Green Bay Symphony Orchestra disbanded after their 2014–2015 season, after performing for over 100 years, citing financial difficulties.[61]

Performance venues in Green Bay include: Lambeau Field, Resch Center, Weidner Center, Meyer Theatre, and The Tarlton Theatre.

The Art Garage and the Automotive Gallery are art galleries in the downtown area.[60]

Museums in the city include the Neville Public Museum and the Hazelwood Historic House Museum.[60]

Every summer, the downtown area plays host to ArtStreet, an art festival featuring studio displays, demonstrations, and live entertainment.[62] Dine on the Deck is an event that allows patrons to dine on the CityDeck and features dishes from local restaurants.[63] Taste on Broadway has live entertainment and dishes served by local restaurants who compete for awards.[64] Artour brings all-original songwriters to downtown area venues.[65] IgNight hosts artisans, interactive art demonstrations, live entertainment, and life-size games.[66] The Shipyard District hosts the annual All Bands On Deck live music festival with bands at downtown bars and restaurants and free shuttles between venues.[67][68][69] The Broadway District hosts a farmer's market every Wednesday from May to October.

Points of interest[edit]

Shopping[edit]

Green Bay has one enclosed shopping mall, East Town Mall, located within the city. The Bay Park Square shopping mall is located in the suburb of Ashwaubenon. The city was home to the first Shopko discount department store; it closed on April 22, 2019.[70]

Public libraries[edit]

The Brown County Library (BCL) Central Branch is located in downtown Green Bay and has served as the county public library since 1968. The Central Branch is the headquarters for the BCL system, which encompasses all public libraries in Brown County, including eight branch libraries and a bookmobile that regularly visits locations throughout the county. In 1994, the Brown County Library was named Wisconsin Library of the Year.[71]

Notable buildings[edit]

Building Year(s) built Height Floors
Lambeau Field 1957 232 feet N/A
St. Vincent Hospital 1957 10
Bellin Building[72] 1915 114 feet 9
Hotel Northland 1924 98 feet 9
Bellin Hospital 8
Wisconsin Public Service 7
Joel S. Fisk House 1865 2
Whitney School 1918 3
Saint Francis Xavier Cathedral 1876-81 2
J.B. Smith House and Granary 1885 2
St. Mary of the Angels Church and Monastery 1901-03 2
Rockwood Lodge Barn and Pigsty 1938 2/1
Hazelwood 1837 1
The Tarlton Theatre 1924 2
Meyer Theatre 1929 2

Sports[edit]

Club Sport Founded Current League Stadium
Green Bay Packers Football 1919[73] National Football League Lambeau Field
Green Bay Blizzard Indoor football 2003 Indoor Football League Resch Center
Green Bay Phoenix
(University of Wisconsin-Green Bay)
15 varsity teams 1965 Horizon League Resch Center, Kress Events Center, Aldo Santaga Stadium
St. Norbert Green Knights
(St. Norbert College)
18 varsity teams 1898 Midwest Conference and Northern Collegiate Hockey Association Schneider Stadium, Mel Nicks Sports Complex, Schuldes Center, Cornerstone Community Ice Center
Green Bay Rockers Summer college baseball 2007 Northwoods League Capital Credit Union Park
Green Bay Gamblers Junior ice hockey 1994 United States Hockey League Resch Center

Other major sporting events in Green Bay include the Bellin Run and the Cellcom Green Bay Marathon. The Oneida Golf and Country Club (private) was established in 1928.

Government[edit]

City Hall

Green Bay is governed by a mayor and a city council. The mayor is elected in a citywide vote. The city council consists of 12 members each elected from districts.

Mayors[edit]

Green Bay 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 Eric Wimberger (R) represent Green Bay in the Wisconsin State Senate, and David Steffen (R), John Macco (R), and Kristina Shelton (D) represent Green Bay in the Wisconsin State Assembly.

Education[edit]

Green Bay is served by the Green Bay Area Public School District. It operates twenty-five elementary schools, two K–8 schools, four middle schools, four high schools, and one alternative school in the city and surrounding area. Two of the city's high schools, East High School and West High School, have Wisconsin's longest consecutively-played high school football rivalry, played since 1905. Private schools in Green Bay include Notre Dame de la Baie Academy, Northeastern Wisconsin Lutheran High School, and Bay City Baptist School.

Higher education[edit]

Weidner Center, part of UW–Green Bay

Green Bay area colleges and universities:

Media[edit]

WBAY-TV studio.

Green Bay is served by the Green Bay Press-Gazette and The Press Times, a locally published weekly newspaper introduced in March 2019.[78] Another local newspaper, the Green Bay News-Chronicle, ceased publication in 2005.

Television stations in Green Bay are WBAY (2), (ABC); WFRV (5), (CBS); WLUK (11), (FOX); WCWF (14), (CW); WGBA (26), (NBC); WACY (32), (IND); and WPNE (38), (PBS).

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digital channel
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Call sign Network Owner
2.1 23 WBAY-TV ABC Gray Television
2.2 23 WBAY-WX First Alert Weather 24/7
2.3 23 WBAYCIR Circle
2.4 23 WBAY-HI Heroes & Icons
2.5 23 WBAYSTV Start TV
2.6 23 WBAYDEC Decades
5.1 22 WFRV-TV CBS Nexstar Media Group
5.2 22 Bounce Bounce TV
5.3 22 Justice True Crime Network
5.4 22 Rewind Rewind TV
11.1 18 WLUK-TV FOX Sinclair Broadcast Group
11.2 18 Antenna Antenna TV
11.3 18 TBD TBD
14.1 15 WCWF The CW
14.2 15 Comet Comet
14.3 15 Charge Charge!
14.4 15 Stadium Stadium
14.5 15 Dabl Dabl
26.1 14 WGBA-TV NBC E.W. Scripps Company
26.2 14 MeTV MeTV
26.3 14 LAFF Laff
26.4 14 COURT Court TV
26.5 14 ION Ion Television
32.1 36 WACY-TV Independent
32.2 36 Grit Grit
32.3 36 Mystery Ion Mystery
32.4 36 Defy Defy TV
32.5 36 TruReal TrueReal
32.5 36 Newsy Newsy
38.1 25 WPNE-TV PBS Wisconsin Educational

Communications Board

38.2 25 WPT1 The Wisconsin Channel
38.3 25 WPT2 Create
38.4 25 WPT3 PBS Kids 24/7
49.1/
49.3
17 WGBD-LD Daystar Word of God Fellowship

Infrastructure[edit]

Transportation[edit]

Railroads[edit]

From 1896 to 1993 the city was the headquarters of the Green Bay and Western Railroad. In 1993, the line was purchased by the Wisconsin Central. In 2001, the WC was merged into the Canadian National Railway. The Chicago and North Western Railway also served Green Bay and its depot still stands. Green Bay was last served with a regular passenger train, the CNW's Peninsula 400, in 1971. The CNW sold its trackage from Green Bay south to Sheboygan in 1987 to the Fox River Valley Railroad, which became part of the WC in 1993. Green Bay also saw passenger service from the Milwaukee Road's Chippewa-Hiawatha, which ran from Chicago into the upper peninsula of Michigan. Green Bay is also served by the Escanaba and Lake Superior Railroad.

Airport[edit]

Green Bay is served by Green Bay–Austin Straubel International Airport, located in Ashwaubenon just west of the city.

Highways[edit]

Local transit[edit]

GBM On Demand bus

Green Bay Metro provides mass transit bus service throughout Green Bay and the surrounding suburbs.

Jefferson Lines, Indian Trails, and Lamers Bus Lines provide intercity transportation from the central Green Bay Metro station which is downtown.

Via on-demand transit[edit]

In April 2020, Green Bay Metro partnered with Via Transportation to launch GBM Paratransit, a service for riders with disabilities who are not accommodated by tradition fixed route transit.[79] To qualify for the service, paratransit riders must complete an eligibility application on the Green Bay Metro website.[80] After receiving an application, service operators will respond within 21 days to communicate the rider's eligibility status.[81] Users can download the GBM Paratransit app or call the service directly to schedule a ride.

After the success of GBM Paratransit, Green Bay Metro partnered with Via Transportation again in August 2020 to launch GBM On Demand, the first micro-transit service in the state of Wisconsin.[82][83] While GBM Paratransit requires an application and caters to users with disabilities are not accommodated by traditional fixed route transit, GBM On Demand is accessible to everyone. GBM On Demand complements existing infrastructure with easy and affordable shared rides near residential neighborhoods, transit hubs and various destinations. Users request a ride through the mobile app GBM On Demand or by phone. All on demand rides are ADA accessible and are the same price as the traditional Green Bay Metro bus fare.[84] Riders can pay for the service directly through the app with a credit card, cash or their Metro day, weekly or monthly pass.[83] The daytime service operates M–F 5:45am–8:45pm and Saturday 7:45am–3:45pm and the nighttime service operates M–F 8:45pm–10:45pm.

Water[edit]

Green Bay is served by the Port of Green Bay. The port handled 1.99 million tons of cargo in 2015.[85] The primary shipments into and out of the port include coal, limestone, salt, and cement.[85]

Utilities[edit]

Electricity[edit]

Open water appears near the mouth of the Fox due to the warmth of the water coming out of the generating station. Photo taken by an Expedition 38 crew member on February 22, 2014

Green Bay is served by Wisconsin Public Service Corporation. The J. P. Pulliam Generating Station has been demolished and no longer operates within the city.[86]

Water[edit]

Water service is provided to the city by the Green Bay Water Utility.[87]

Sewer service is provided by the Green Bay Metropolitan Sewerage District, also known as NEW Water.[88]

Health care[edit]

Green Bay is the headquarters of Bellin Health and Prevea Health, regional health care providers.[89]

Green Bay is home to four hospitals: Aurora Baycare Medical Center, Bellin Hospital, St. Mary's Hospital Medical Center, and St. Vincent Hospital.

Green Bay is also home to the Milo C. Huempfner VA Outpatient Clinic, and Bellin Psychiatric Center and Willow Creek Behavioral Health, the city's two psychiatric hospitals.[90]

Law enforcement[edit]

The Green Bay Police Department was established in on August 27, 1857, when the Green Bay Police Corps was established, and Henry Baird was named Chief of Police. The Green Bay Police Department provides many specialized services such as a Dive Team, Harbor Patrol, Motorcycle Patrol, and a S.W.A.T. Team.

Since the establishment of the Green Bay Police Department, one officer has died in the line of duty.[91]

Notable people[edit]

Gallery[edit]

Sister cities[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Official records for Green Bay were kept at downtown from September 1886 to August 15, 1949, and at Austin Straubel Int'l since August 16, 1949. For more information, see ThreadEx.

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