Green Bay is a city in and the county seat of Brown County in the U.S. state of Wisconsin, located at the head of Green Bay, a sub-basin of Lake Michigan, at the mouth of the Fox River. It has an elevation of 581 feet (177 m) above sea level and is located 112 miles (180 km) north of Milwaukee. The population was 102,313 at the 2000 census. The Town of Green Bay is located several miles northeast of the city.
It is the third-largest city in the state of Wisconsin, after Milwaukee and Madison. It is also the third-largest city on the west shore of Lake Michigan, after Chicago and Milwaukee. Green Bay is home to the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League, making it by far the smallest metropolitan area in North America to host a major professional sports franchise. Green Bay is the principal city of the Green Bay Metropolitan Statistical Area, which covers Brown, Kewaunee, and Oconto Counties and had a combined population of 282,599 at the 2000 census.
The majority of the people in Green Bay use cars. The city was the headquarters of the Green Bay and Western Railroad from 1896 to 1993. After the GB&W quit, the line was purchased by Wisconsin Central Transportation. In 2001, the WC was merged into the Canadian National system. The Chicago and North Western Railway also served Green Bay, and their depot still stands today. 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 UP of Michigan. Green Bay is also served by the Escanaba and Lake Superior Railroad. Amtrak expansion to Green Bay is part of the Midwest Regional Rail Project, and would follow a route from Milwaukee through Fond du Lac, Oshkosh and Appleton. Wisconsin DOT plan service starting in 2019. A citizens group, NEWRails, is lobbying for an earlier start.
Other highways of importance are :
WI-172: Forms a southern highway bypass of Green Bay, and continuing to Austin Straubel Airport.
WI-32: Two lane highway which runs from Illinois to Michigan and provides alternative routes to the north and south and travels through many small communities.
WI-54: Two lane highway which runs through Green Bay from Algoma to New London and Waupaca.
WI-57: Heads to Green Bay from I-43 near Port Washington and continues through Sturgeon Bay to the Door Peninsula, terminating with WI-42 at Gills Rock with ferry access to Washington Island. Southbound the highway runs to Chilton.
Bay Park Square & The Village at Bay Park:
Built in 1980, Bay Park Square is the main shopping center in the Green Bay area, being located in the suburb of Ashwaubenon. Bay Park Square is anchored by Shopko, Kohl's, and Younkers/Younkers Furniture Gallery, and has hundreds of specialty shops. Bay Park Square has a football stadium-themed food court filled with seven different eateries and two giant flatscreen television sets at both ends of the food court. Bay Park Cinema is located behind Shopko. Neighboring Bay Park Square is a shopping plaza known as The Village at Bay Park, home to Fashion Bug, JCPenney, DSW, and a few specialty shops.
East Town Mall:
Built in 1982, and remodeled three times, East Town Mall is a small shopping center/strip mall hybrid located on Green Bay's east side, near Interstate 43 on East Mason Street. East Town's current anchors are Hobby Lobby, Fashion Bug, Office Max, Kohl's, Petco, Shopko and ALDI. East Town has around 10 specialty shops (and one restaurant) inside the climate-controlled interior, with room for a few more. A budget cinema is also located inside the mall near Hobby Lobby. The East Town Mall also has seven Windspire vertical wind turbines outside of their main entrance. Official East Town Mall Website
Colleges and universities:
- Anne Sullivan Elementary School
- Baird Elementary School
- Beaumont Elementary School
- Chappell Elementary School
- Danz Elementary School
- Doty Elementary School
- Eisenhower Elementary School
- Elmore Elementary School
- Fort Howard Elementary School
- Howe Elementary School
- Jackson Elementary School
- Keller Elementary School
- Kennedy Elementary School
- King Elementary School
- Langlade Elementary School
- Lincoln Elementary School
- MacArthur Elementary School
- Martin Elementary School
- Mount Carmel Academy
- McAuliffe Elementary School
- Nicolet Elementary School
- Tank Elementary School
- Webster Elementary School
- Wilder Elementary School
- Valleyview Elementary School
Points of interest:
- Bellin College of Nursing
- ITT Technical Institute
- Northeast Wisconsin Technical College
- Rasmussen College
- St. Norbert College (in nearby De Pere)
- University Of Wisconsin–Green Bay
- Wisconsin College of Cosmetology