These three rural counties are home to 387391

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Calumet, Outagamie and Winnebago counties. These three rural counties are home to 387,391 residents. ______________________________________________________________________________________ Description of Community Served by the Hospital Calumet County is located in east-central Wisconsin and covers a total area of 318 square miles. The county seat is Chilton. Calumet Medical Center is home to 47,902 Calumet residents according to the 2010 census. Calumet Medical Center primarily serves Calumet County and outlying rural communities such as Kiel and Reedsville as identified by 80% of inpatient hospital discharges. A map is attached as Appendix 6. Discharges by city over the previous fiscal year were Chilton (47%), New Holstein (19%), Hilbert (10%) and Kiel (7.2%). Source: Community Commons According to the 2011 Calumet County Workforce Profile, Calumet County has experienced a significant influx of new population growth over the past decade. This growth has coincided with the continued economic development of the Fox River Valley and greater integration of the region’s counties into a homogenous labor and housing market. In the period between 2000 and 2010, Calumet County added a net of 6,327 residents, or a growth rate of 15.6 percent. This is more than twice the rate observed by the state, as a whole, and compares favorably to the nation’s population growth. Much of this growth can again be attributed to the economic growth of the region, availability of land suitable for residential development, and relatively favorable housing costs.
Ministry Health Care 11 Municipal growth in the region has largely been concentrated in two areas — the Town of Harrison and the portion of the City of Menasha that lies in Calumet County. Much of the other municipal population growth in the county has also occurred in response to development patterns in the City of Appleton. Ongoing construction to State Highway 114 has facilitated much of this development, providing workers with easy access to the labor market of the Fox Valley. In comparing the educational attainment of Calumet County’s population to that of the state and nation, we see that a number of significant differences exist. (Appendix 7) A relatively greater proportion of county residents or approximately 40 percent count high school graduation as their highest level of attainment. Similarly, the county’s population contains a relatively higher percentage of associate’s and bachelor’s degree recipients than either the state or nation. Conversely, relatively fewer residents reside at either extreme of the educational distribution by either failing to complete high school or by completing a graduate or professional degree program. This attainment profile aligns reasonably well with the county and region’s economic composition. A majority of Calumet County residents work outside the county, Appendix 8. Many of these residents are employed by firms located in Outagamie County, while smaller numbers of residents are employed by firms in other adjoining counties. In-commuting behavior by residents of surrounding counties into Calumet County is less prevalent, given the relatively

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