De Pere Ranked “Best City” in all of Wisconsin for 2019 by AreaVibes

De Pere Ranked “Best City” in all of Wisconsin for 2019 by AreaVibes

“Located in the state of Wisconsin, De Pere is a mid-sized city with a population of 24,544 people. If we look at the most recent Census, De Pere is known to have a predominantly White population. The next two most common races are Black and American Indian and Alaskan. De Pere is known to be family friendly as more than 79% of the population has already tied the knot. It might also be worth noting that 56% of residents also have children under the age of 18.

Without the right tools, relocating to any new area can be very stressful and challenging. Living in De Pere, Wisconsin could be a good experience for anyone who puts in the effort to do the research required. With useful information like amenities, crime, cost of living, housing and other key data points, finding the best places to live in De Pere and in the areas around De Pere is a much easier task.

With a livability score of 85 out of 100, De Pere is ranked #430 in the United States and #1 in Wisconsin. This is a great score, as De Pere ranks well in multiple categories! Another exciting tidbit, is that De Pere ranks better than 90% of all US cities! For each of the livability categories, we know that De Pere ranks very well for amenities (A+), crime (A+), education (A+) and housing (B). Unfortunately for De Pere, there are some categories for which it does not score well, this includes: weather (F).

Location, location, location – possibly the three most important words in your search for a new place to live. Fortunately, in De Pere, there is no shortage of amazing local amenities and interesting things to do. Some of the interesting things to do and attractions include: Seroogy’s Chocolates, DePere Cinema, and The Day Spa.

Low violent crime (murder, rape, robbery, assault) is a must for most people when searching for a new area to live. At 184 crimes per 100,000 residents, De Pere has a violent crime rate that is far below the national average.

School test scores can be an important metric in deciding if the local area schools can provide a solid educational system for children. The schools in De Pere have a test score average of 65%, which is well above the US average.

Based on multiple factors including: median home and rental prices, appreciation rates and home affordability, De Pere has received high marks in the housing category. Based on these calculations, the apartment rental and real estate market appears to be very healthy.

Assuming that De Pere meets all of your requirements, the next most important item to examine is the affordability of real estate in De Pere. Everything else becomes a lot less important if it turns out that home prices in De Pere are simply unattainable. Median real estate prices in De Pere come in at $167,400, which is 0.2% higher than the Wisconsin average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In De Pere, the home price to income ratio is 2.6, which is 16.1% lower than the Wisconsin average. Real estate appreciation rates in De Pere are important to consider, as they can act as a guide to determine if your new home purchase will be a solid investment going forward. During the last twelve months, the appreciation rate for De Pere homes comes in at 8.4%, and the 5 year appreciation rates were 5.8%.”


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Olde School Square: Space for Lease


This space can be one story around 3500 sq. feet, two stories for 7000 sq. feet or split into much smaller chunks where needed. This build out will be for the left side of the building, closer to Bleu. Each of the additional “units” on the second map are open as well.

750 sq. feet is available now, the second structure will be built as soon as a tenant has committed to the space.

Please contact Ryan Kraft via phone 920-347-5830 or via email for additional information!



De Pere City Council Allocates Stadium Tax Rebate

In big news last week, the De Pere City Council allocated nearly $1.3 million in excess tax money to various city projects. Nine projects were selected in total, and five of the projects likely would have been completed regardless of the Tax Refund.

The approved projects are as follows:

  • Re-write of City Zoning Code – $45,000
  • Establishment of City Brand – $100,000
  • De Pere Public Art intitiative – $100,000
  • De Pere Streetscape Project – $150,000
  • Pool Design – $300,000
  • Southwest Park Playground Equipment – $80,000
  • Splashpad – $300,000
  • Voyageur Park Amphitheater/Stage – $125,000
  • Voyageur Park Playground Equipment – $200,000

During deliberations, the City Council indicated that approximately $725,000 of the expenses were scheduled to happen in future budgets, effectively acting as debt relief. $325,000 of the discretionary funding was for improvements to Voyageur Park, including playground equipment and a permanent structure for housing music, theatre, and shows. $250,000 was approved for downtown improvements, including artistic murals, benches for pedestrian, and other decorations to improve the overall visuals.

Finally, $100,000 was approved for the establishment of a City Brand. This project, supported by the Chamber of Commerce, will result in defining top priorities for our city and the way we are presented to outsiders. This will include key messaging, logo, tagline, and a marketing communications plan to help consistently share and incoporate the brand throughout websites, social media, and advertising. This initiative will include training for businesses and organizations to learn how to co-brand with De Pere to further the collective impact and outcome.