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Green Bay, Wisconsin is located at the head of the Bay of Green Bay and the mouth of the Fox River, at an altitude of 581 feet. It is 112 miles north of Milwaukee. According to the 2004 census estimate, Green Bay has a population of 102,313. The Town of Green Bay is located several miles northeast of the city.
The city of Green Bay is a port on the Bay of Green Bay, an arm of Lake Michigan. Green Bay is home to the National Railroad Museum, the Neville Public Museum with exhibitions of art, history, and science, and to the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.
The Green Bay Packers professional football team has been based in the city since 1919. Green Bay may be the smallest US market for a professional sports team of any kind, although the Packers' fanbase stretches across the state of Wisconsin and beyond. Green Bay is nicknamed "Titletown, USA" for the number of NFL titles (12) it has won over the years. An af2 arena football franchise, the Green Bay Blizzard, was recently awarded to the city.
Together with surrounding communities, the Green Bay metropolitan area was, according to the 2000 census, home to 195,099 people. The city forms the core of the United States Census Bureau's Green Bay Metropolitan Statistical Area, which includes all of Brown County (2004 population: 237,166). The Green Bay area ranks fourth among Wisconsin cities in offering free wi-fi.
The city of Green Bay experiences a continental climate, moderated slightly by the city's proximity to Lake Michigan. The city's climate features four distinct seasons, with warm, frequently hot summers and long, cold and snowy winters. The variance in temperature and precipitation between months is severe and often extreme. The warmest month is July, when the average high temperature is 81 degrees F. During July, the average low temperature is 59 degrees F. The coldest month of the year is January, when the high temperature averages only 24 degrees F, and the low temperatures average 7 degrees F.
The wettest month in Green Bay is August, when 3.77 inches of precipitation falls, mostly in the form of rainfall from thunderstorms. The driest month in Green Bay is February, when the majority of precipitation falls as low moisture-content snow due to cold, dry air. On average, only 1.01 inches of precipitation falls in February.
Green Bay is served by Austin Straubel International Airport. The city was the headquarters of the Green Bay and Western Railroad in historical times (1896-1993). Green Bay also has its own mass transit system of buses known as Green Bay Metro (formerly known as Green Bay Transit).
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