The 2016 Fox Cities LIFE Study

Purpose and Opportunity

The 2016 Leading Indicators for Excellence (LIFE) Study takes a fresh approach to providing a data-focused overview of the quality of life in the Fox Cities area of Wisconsin and, for the first time, offers priorities for community action.


  • Study Purpose: This is an evolving resource that is designed to spark data-driven conversations within all areas of the community, leading to action and transformative change.

  • Data: Nearly 200 indicators related to demographic, economic, social and health aspects of community life in the Fox Cities are presented, with benchmarking against select counties, Wisconsin, and the nation, with trending information.

  • Research Partner: Community Research Partners, a nonprofit research, evaluation and data center in Columbus, Ohio, collected, analyzed, and visualized the data for this website.

  • History: The 2016 study is an evolution and extension of earlier community needs assessments conducted in 2001, 2006 and 2011.