What's New

LIFE in Motion Podcasts on Fresh Take:

As part of WHBY's new LIFE in Motion series, Josh Dukelow will be conducting interviews with local leaders to take an in-depth look at the LIFE Study's data and what is happening in the community. 

    April 30, 2018 - Obesity Issues with Sarah Wright of Weight of the Fox Valley    
    April 3, 2018 -  Youth Mental Health with Beth Clay and Wendy Magus from NEW Mental Health Connections
    Feb. 28, 2018 - Housing and Poverty with Joe Mauthe from the Housing Partnership
    Feb. 19, 2018 - Tackling Poverty Collaboratively with Mary Parsons from LEAVEN Fox Cities 
    Aug. 10, 2017 - LIFE Study Update with Marti Hemwall from the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region and Tony Gonzalez from United Way Fox Cities


On August 10, 2017, the Fox Cities LIFE Study was updated to include 10 new data charts incorporating race, ethnicity, sexual orientation and age for some data indicator pages, and two additional themes covering workforce participation, and diversity and inclusion.

The 10 new data charts are related to community priorities of youth health, student performance and youth safety. These priorities, along with poverty, were chosen by a cross-section of 200 community members who attended a LIFE Study Dive-In Day in June 2016.   The new charts reflect a theme of diversity and inclusion to help people gain a deeper understanding of the data.

The following new charts and key data points have been added to the interactive LIFE Study website, www.FoxCitiesLifeStudy.org.

Workforce Participation (Indicator 2.08)

NEW CHART: Workforce participation Rates – 2010-2014
Key data points from chart:

  • The workforce participation rate (ages 16 to 64) is higher than the national average in all three counties; Calumet and Outagamie Counties have rates higher than the state average.

  • The same pattern is reflected in rates of workforce participation for all adults (ages 16 to 99) working full- or part-time.

  • The workforce participation rate for adults age 18 to 64 decreased slightly in Calumet, Outagamie and Winnebago from 2005-2009 to 2010-2014 alongside an increase in the actual number of employees and a drop in the unemployment rate.

Youth Depression and Suicide-Related Behavior (Indicator 4.10)

NEW CHART: Youth Suicide-Related Behavior of High School Students by Race/Ethnicity
Key data point from chart:

  • Rates for considering and attempting suicide are higher among students who identify as racial and ethnic minorities, especially among American Indians and Hawaiian or Pacific Islanders.

NEW CHART: Youth Suicide-Related Behavior of High School Students by Sexual Orientation
Key data point from chart:

  • Of students who identified as gay, lesbian, or bisexual, more than 45% have considered suicide compared to 13% heterosexual students. Rates of attempting suicide are significantly higher for these groups as well.

Grade 3 Reading Proficiency (Indicator 5.05)

NEW CHART: Grade 3 Reading Proficiency by Race/Ethnicity
Key data points from chart:

  • Third grade reading proficiency increased between 2012 and 2015, particularly among Hispanic students, though a significant gap remains between white students and all other racial and ethnic groups.

Economically Disadvantaged Students (Indicator 5.08)

NEW CHART: Free and Reduced Price Lunch Eligibility by Race/Ethnicity
Key conclusion from chart:

  • The number of students eligible for free and reduced lunch, correlated with academic performance, is significantly higher for all racial and ethnic groups compared to the white student population.

Graduation Rate (Indicator 5.12)

NEW CHART: Four-year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity
Key data point from chart:

  • Over a six-year period, graduation rates declined for all groups except the two-or-more races and the Black/African American student groups.

Online and In-School Bullying (Indicator 6.01 and Indicator 6.02)

NEW CHARTS: Bullying Online and at School by Sexual Orientation
Key data point from charts:

  • In-school and online bullying rates for bisexual and gay or lesbian students at over 40% is nearly double that of their heterosexual peers.

NEW CHARTS: Bullying Online and at School by Race/Ethnicity
Key data point from charts:

  • Over 1/3 of American Indian and Hawaiian or Pacific Islander students report in-school and online bullying compared to 1/4 of White and Black or African American students.

The Fox Cities LIFE Study presents more than 200 data indicators about demographic, economic, social and health aspects of community life. Data, which is periodically updated online at www.FoxCitiesLifeStudy.org, is benchmarked against select counties, Wisconsin and the nation, with Prior Fox Cities LIFE Studies released in 2011, 2006 and 2001 identified issues in the community that led to important improvements in the areas of poverty, dental and mental health care, and more.