Sure, New York City may be known as the Big Apple, but Appleton, Wisconsin, would give the City that Never Sleeps a run for its money; at least when it comes to having a caring community, beautiful city streets, and gorgeous views of a pristine river. (NYC apartments may come with views of the Hudson but that river is anything but \pristine.\) Appleton is located 100 miles north of Milwaukee, on the Fox River, in three different counties: Calument, Outagamie, and Winnebago. With a population of just under 80,000 people, Appleton also has plenty of friendly neighbors for you to get to know.
Like most mid-size cities downtown Appleton is walkable, with restaurants, shops, and bars near by. But for the rest of the city and for day-to-day errands you will need a car.