POPULATION: 104,057 (city), 312,409 (metro) | TIME ZONE: Central | CLIMATE: Humid continental climate (warm, humid, frequently hot summers and long, cold, snowy winters)
How do you not love a city whose original name was Baie des Puants, or "Bay of the Stinkers."It seems the bay used to be known for its odiferous green algae blooms. The original settlement was founded in the late 1800s by Jean Nicolet, a French coureur des bois, or runner of the woods, as French fur traders were often known. The British took control of Green Bay during the French & Indian War. When the Erie Canal was completed in 1825, Green Bay evolved into a center for trade. During the 1850s, Green Bay saw an influx of Belgians, Germans, Scandinavians, Irish and Dutch, all drawn by farmland that was good and cheap. Railroads further evolved Green Bay’s status as a center of trade, and abundant timber fueled a burgeoning paper industry. Meatpacking became another staple industry. Green Bay is sometimes called Titletown, USA, for the record number of NFL championships the Packers have won (four as of this writing).
Bayland Bay City
Packerland Packer City
The Toilet Paper Capital of the World
Whatever’s painted on Fred Harrsch's fence that year
RANDOM SONG ABOUT THE CITY
"Go! You Packers, Go!" by Eric Karll
PRO SPORTS TEAMS Green Bay Packers (NFL)
Green Bay Blizzard (IFL)
ALSO KNOWN FOR...
The smallest city in the U.S. to host a pro sports team
The National Railroad Museum
Chili over spaghetti
The country’s only publically owned major pro sports team
Toilet paper production
The Frozen Tundra
Tony Shaloub, Mona Simpson, Red Smith, way, way more pro athletes than can be mentioned here. And football.
Green bay is essentially quiet, small-town living. Opinions of Downtown living are varied. Despite some gritty areas, the city has a reputation for being generally clean and pleasant—not to mention completely dominated by Packer fever in season. The East Side’s Astor Historic District offers all the big, old historic homes you’d imagine. It’s a well-maintained neighborhood that’s near the river and has good shopping. Suburban Green Bay living has to start with mention of De Pere. Its quaint downtown spans both sides of the Fox River. Interestingly, De Pere has two school districts with separate tax rates, one for the eastside and one on the west side. Suamico is starting to get some traction as a desirable suburb. A community that was originally known for its farmlands is beginning to see some nice shops, homes and restaurants.