Green Bay Population 2017

Green Bay's population was 104,000 at the 2010 census with a population density of 2,288 people per square mile (883/square kilometer).The urban area has a population of 206,000 while the metro area has 312,000 residents, which makes it the 158th largest in the U.S.

Green Bay Demographics

According to the 2010 census, the racial composition of Green Bay was 78% white, 3.5% African American, 4% Native American, 4% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 7% other race, and 3% two or more races. 13.5% of the population was of Latino or Hispanic descent compared to 7% in 2000.

Green Bay is a predominantly Catholic city, at more than 71% of the population. Lutherans account for 16%, followed by Protestant denominations at 12%. There are also small populations of Jewish and Islamic people.

Green Bay History

Green Bay's history dates back to the founding of La Baye or La Baie des Paunts ("the stinking Bay"), a small trading post formed in 1634 by Jean Nicolet. Nicolet was commissioned by de Champlain, New France's founder, to form an alliance with the Indians in the western regions who were interfering with France's fur trade. When Nicolet first came to the Green Bay region, it was already inhabited by the Menominee. He remained with the tribe for almost a year and formed an alliance.

A Jesuit Mission was established in the area in 1671. A fort was added decades later and the town was incorporated in 1754. The town came under control of the British in 1761 during the Seven Years' War, eventually controlling all of Wisconsin two years later. In 1745, the first permanent settler in the area, Charles de Langlade, established a trading post at Green Bay.

After the War of 1812, the United States built Fort Howard to protect its border. As more British settlers moved to the area, they began referring to the town as Green Bay. Green Bay grew into a large trading center as after the completion of the Erie Canal. The town was incorporated as the city of Green Bay in 1854. By 1950, the city had grown to 52,700 people.

Green Bay Population Growth

Much of the growth in Green Bay over the last decade has been fueled by Hispanic people. Brown County's population is now at its highest ever thanks to a jump in the number of Hispanics in the area, which grew to by 10.4%.

Year Population Change
2015 105,207 1.10%
2010 104,057 1.70%
2000 102,313 6.10%
1990 96,466 9.70%
1980 87,899 0.10%
1970 87,809 39.60%
1960 62,888 19.30%
1950 52,735 14.10%
1940 46,235 23.60%
1930 37,415 20.60%
1920 31,017 22.90%
1910 25,236 35.10%
1900 18,684 106.00%
1890 9,069 21.50%
1880 7,464 60.00%
1870 4,666 0.00%

Green Bay Population in 2017 Source: Spyder Monkey

Green Bay Race Data

Race Population Percentage
White 84,907 81.19%
Black or African American 3,751 3.59%
American Indian and Alaska Native 3,453 3.30%
Asian 4,141 3.96%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 25 0.02%
Some Other Race 4,050 3.87%
Two or More Races 4,247 4.06%

Population Pyramid

Green Bay Housing Indicators

Indicator Value
Total Housing Units 45,053
Owner-Occupied Units 24,251
Renter-Occupied Units 18,057
Median Home Value $126,500
Median Rent $655
Vacancy Rate 6.1%
Houses With Mortgage 16,742
Houses Without Mortgage 7,509
Median Number of Rooms (per House) 5.1

This chart shows the employment and labor force participation rates in Green Bay for residents over 16 years of age. The 2015 unemployment rate is 4.9% and the labor force participation rate is 67.4%.

Green Bay Family/Household Indicators

Indicator Value
Average Household Size 2.4
Average Family Size 3.11
Married Couple Families 16,658
Male Householder (no wife) Families 2,262
Female Householder (no husband) Families 5,560
Non Family Households
Unmarried Partner Households (Opposite Sex) 7.9%
Unmarried Partner Households (Same Sex) 0.4%