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Things You Should Know Before Moving to Green Bay, WI

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If you love snow, cheese and football, the small city of Green Bay is the perfect place for you! Home to one of the country's most popular sports franchises and a major manufacturer of our favorite dairy product, this city combines a small-town feel with big city excitement. If you are considering or planning a move to Green Bay, this guide will provide you with the tips to bundle up and relocate!

Green Bay Climate

If you are planning a move to Green Bay, bring your scarves and gloves! This Midwestern city experiences very frigid and snowy winters, with temperatures frequently dropping below freezing. The snow dwindles off by February, when the weather turns cold and dry.

However, the region still experiences four varied seasons, with temperatures in July reaching as high as 80 degrees. Summers are humid and warm, with ample rainfall. August is the city's wettest month, with about four inches of rain falling, mostly in the form of thundershowers.

Green Bay Neighborhoods

Situated on the west bank of the Fox River, Green bay's Historic Broadway District is the city's most dynamic neighborhood. Full of authentic restaurants and eclectic shops, the region has been nicknamed Green Bay's "Mall-ternative". From fresh-grown produce sold at the Farmer's Market festival to the foodie celebration Taste of Broadway, this neighborhood is one you will want to visit.

Other interesting sections of the city include the Downtown District, the city's historic and business center where much of the government headquarters and other offices are located, as well as theatres, eateries and nightspots; and the Olde Main Street District, the city's hub for the arts featuring galleries, ethnic food markets and trendy restaurants.

Registering Your Car

In order to title and register your car in the state of Wisconsin, you will have to visit one of their many service centers. You will need to fill out the appropriate forms, bring proof of identification, proof of residency and Social Security number. Associated fees will vary depending on your vehicle. Visit the Wisconsin DMV website for more information.

To transfer your driver's license, you will need proof of identification, residency, Social Security number, name and date of birth, and citizenship. You will also have to pass a vision test (given free of charge). Then you'll be ready to start driving in your new city!

Green Bay Schools

If you are moving with children, the quality of the schools in any city you choose to call home is an important factor to consider. The public education system in the city is operated by the Green Bay Area Public School District, the fifth largest in the state. The district is made of 92 facilities serving 20,000 students. Two of its elementary schools, Annie Jackson Elementary and Beaumont Elementary, were named Blue Ribbon Schools in 2006 and 2011, respectively. The district has one several other awards, including The Middle School Excellence Award (for Lombardi Middle School for the 2010-11 and 2011-12 academic years), the Wisconsin Schools of Recognition award (for the Chappell, Keller and Kennedy Elementary schools for the 2012-13 academic year), and the entire district was named on the AP Achievement list in 2013 by the College Board for the third year in a row.

For higher learning, there are several notable universities in the city. These include University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, Belli College of Nursing, and Rasmussen College.

Green Bay Employment

The city has a diverse economy, with major industries including services, goods manufacturing, trade, transportation and utilities. Growing industries are healthcare, insurance and tourism.

One in every five jobs in the city is manufacturing, mostly paper products. Other items produced in the city include paper mill machinery, auto parts, steel furniture, sheet metal, clothing, and of course--cheese.

The main employers in the city are Georgia Pacific, a pulp and paper company, health insurance company Humana, Oneida Casino, truckload carrier Schneider National, and Green Bay Area School District.

Living Costs in the City

Living expenses in the city are moderate--about three percent less than the average American city. However, if you are planning to buy a home in Green Bay, the good news is that housing is fairly affordable at 13 percent below the national average. The median home price in the city is listed at $108,900. Groceries won't break the bank either, at six percent below average.

Contrastingly, utility costs are about five percent above average, which may hurt you during those long, snowy winters! Healthcare is eight percent higher than the national average, and transportation is about the same as the typical city.

Green Bay Moving Resources

There are many moving and storage companies located in Green Bay that are waiting to help you relocate to your new home. Be sure to do your research and obtain estimates from several different services before choosing one for hire. You can compare online quotes from many different moving companies and other services to aid you in your move, whether you are coming from the next city or overseas. Visit the following pages here at to get fast quotes for the following services:

Green Bay Transportation

Public transportation in the city is serviced by Green Bay Metro. Buses run along 14 routes as well as four game day routes for the sports fans. The buses operate using the radial pulse system-- the layout of the routes brings all buses downtown and then "radiates" them out in a spoke-like routes to cover the entire service area. It is called a “pulse” system because all of the routes are planned to arrive back at the downtown transit way at periodic intervals, allowing for riders to transfer with little to no waiting.

Many city residents use cars to get around. Green Bay is connected to the rest of the state with four major highways--US-41, US-141, I-43, and WI-29.

Culture and Contemporary Life

Green Bay is the perfect home for any sports fan--the small city makes up for what it lacks in stature in loyalty. Fans of the city's immensely popular football team, the Green Bay Packers, make up one of the most dedicated and diehard followings in the country. Visit the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame for a little football history, or have a beer and watch a game at the famous Lambeau Field amongst all the Cheeseheads.

Visit the city's Olde Main Street District for something a little more culturally-rich--browse art galleries, dine in trendy ethnic restaurants and check out the hip nightspots. Other places to check out: the beautiful Green Bay Botanical Gardens; the Historic Broadway District for theatre, festivals, and dining; and Bay Park Square, a massive retail plaza where you can shop 'til you drop.

Green Bay Relocation Tips

  • Dress warm! The city gets cold in the winter, so be sure to pack all of your heavy winter attire--parkas, snow boots, gloves, scarves, hats and sweaters.


  • Make sure your vehicle is prepared for the winter weather. The city gets a lot of snow, so you should check the treads on your existing tires or even purchase snow tires. It's also a good idea to get a tune-up, and check your coolant system.


  • Make a moving checklist of everything you will need to accomplish before you make the trek to Green Bay to stay better organized and be prepared! Things to include are: researching movers and comparing quotes, packing, making airline arrangements, changing your address, and hooking up utilities.

Nicole La Capria  Posted by Nicole La Capria on May 27, 2013

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