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Overview

Introduction to Merrill, Wisconsin

Merrill, Wisconsin, in Lincoln county, is 89 miles NW of Appleton, Wisconsin and 166 miles E of St. Paul, Minnesota. As of the year 2000 census, 10,146 people lived in Merrill.

Merrill History

Merrill was originally a logging town known as Jenny Bull Falls. The Chippewa Native Americans were the original inhabitants of the area. A trading post was established in the area in 1843, and the city was renamed in 1881 after S.S. Merrill, the general manager of the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad. Merrill is the county seat of Lincoln County.

Merrill and nearby Attractions

  • Council Grounds State Park
  • Merrill Historical Museum
  • Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum
  • Rib Mountain State Park
  • Marathon County Historical Museum

Things To Do In Merrill

The Merrill Historical Society Museum provides insight into the area’s history. The Council Grounds State Park includes a beach, camping grounds, a fitness trail and scenic picnic areas. Local parks include Otts Park, Memorial Park and Riverside Park. Local churches include Saint John’s Lutheran Church, Saint Francis Catholic Church and the Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church. Local festivals include the Central Wisconsin Polka Festival and the Lincoln County 4-H Festival.

Merrill Transportation

Central Wisconsin is the nearest airport.

Merrill Higher Education

The Northcentral Technical College, the Fox Valley Technical College at Appleton and the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point are the nearby colleges and universities.

People

Total Population 9,419
Male Share of the Population 47.5%
Female Share of the Population 52.5%
Senior Citizens 17.4%
Employed Population 16+ 4,572
Age of the Population 40

Families

% of people married 48.8%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 13.6%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $54,795
% Above Poverty Level 84.2%
% Below Poverty Level 15.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 19 minutes
% Working from Home 1.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.8%
% Using Public Transportation 0.9%

Housing

People Living Alone 30.4%
Median Gross Rent $609
Median House Value $85,200

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 9.2%
US/American 0%
English 4.2%
Irish 5.3%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Merrill Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 89 miles NW of Appleton, Wisconsin (center to center)
Nearest Large City 166 miles E of St. Paul, Minnesota
County Lincoln
Standard Zip Codes 54452
Phone Area Codes 715
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 45.18
Longitude -89.694

Merrill Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station MERRILL
Distance 1.7 miles
Jan Temp -0 to 21 F
Apr Temp 29 to 53 F
Jul Temp 56 to 80 F
Oct Temp 34 to 56 F
Annual Precip 32.4 inches
Station WAUSAU AP
Distance 17.4 miles
Jan Temp 4 to 22 F
Apr Temp 33 to 55 F
Jul Temp 59 to 81 F
Oct Temp 37 to 57 F
Annual Precip 33.3 inches
Station MEDFORD
Distance 32.1 miles
Jan Temp -1 to 20 F
Apr Temp 32 to 52 F
Jul Temp 57 to 79 F
Oct Temp 35 to 55 F
Annual Precip 33.2 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Merrill, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Corning (54452)

Harding (54452)

Schley (54452)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Athens 1,016 $51,719
Rothschild 5,287 $71,189
Schofield 2,104 $53,259

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Merrill Public Libraries

Library
T.b. Scott Free Library
106 W. FIRST ST.
Merrill, Wisconsin
(715) 536-7191

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Merrill Hospitals

GOOD SAMARITAN HLTH CTR
(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
601 S CENTER AVE
(715) 536-5511
Emergency Service: Yes

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Student/teacher ratio: 17.5

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