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Overview

Introduction to Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin

Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin, in Wood county, is 67 miles W of Oshkosh, Wisconsin (center to center) and 133 miles NW of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The city has a population of 18,435.

Wisconsin Rapids History

The area which is now known as Wisconsin Rapids is the county seat of Wood County. The city was formerly named 'Adahwahgam' which meant 'two-sided rapids'. The Europeans began to settle in the community in the 1830s. The area came to be known as Wisconsin Rapids since 1920. Initially, the Wisconsin River divided the community into two parts. The eastern side was incorporated as Grand Rapids and the western side as Centralia. In 1900, both the cities merged to form Grand Rapids. The name was then changed to Wisconsin Rapids in the year 1920.

Wisconsin Rapids and nearby Attractions

  • Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum
  • Buckhorn State Park
  • Museum of Natural History
  • Petenwell County Park
  • New Visions Gallery
  • Mill Bluff State Park

Things To Do In Wisconsin Rapids

While in Wisconsin Rapids, people can visit places like Wisconsin Rapids Skate Park, Glacial Lake Cranberries, and Rapids Municipal Zoo. There are numerous parks in the area such as Robinson Park, Gaynor Park, and Lyon Park, which offer a variety of facilities for recreation. Local churches include Our Lady Queen of Heaven Church, Saint Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church, and First Church of Christ Scientist. The community celebrates festivals like Cranberry Blossom Festival in the month of June, Balloon Rally and Music Festival in the month of July, and Harvest Fest in the month of September.

Wisconsin Rapids Transportation

Central Wisconsin Airport offers air transportation.

Wisconsin Rapids Higher Education

Mid - State Technical College is located in the city. Other nearby collegs are Madison Area Technical College and University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point.

People

Total Population 18,162
Male Share of the Population 49.1%
Female Share of the Population 50.9%
Senior Citizens 19.5%
Employed Population 16+ 8,004
Age of the Population 41

Families

% of people married 48.3%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 15.3%
Median Earnings25+ $29,644
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $16,250
Median Earnings With High School Degree $24,583

Wealth

Median Family Income $49,757
% Above Poverty Level 83.3%
% Below Poverty Level 16.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 19 minutes
% Working from Home 3.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 4.1%
% Using Public Transportation 0.2%

Housing

People Living Alone 40.9%
Median Gross Rent $620
Median House Value $85,900

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 12.1%
US/American 0%
English 4.5%
Irish 10.4%

Wisconsin Rapids Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 67 miles W of Oshkosh, Wisconsin (center to center)
Nearest Large City 133 miles NW of Milwaukee, Wisconsin
County Wood
Standard Zip Codes 54494, 54495
Phone Area Codes 715
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 44.383
Longitude -89.817

Wisconsin Rapids 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 WISCONSIN RAPIDS
Distance 0.9 miles
Jan Temp 4 to 23 F
Apr Temp 32 to 56 F
Jul Temp 59 to 82 F
Oct Temp 36 to 58 F
Annual Precip 32.4 inches
Station STEVENS POINT
Distance 14.1 miles
Jan Temp 3 to 23 F
Apr Temp 33 to 54 F
Jul Temp 59 to 80 F
Oct Temp 36 to 56 F
Annual Precip 32.1 inches
Station NECEDAH
Distance 27.6 miles
Jan Temp 6 to 25 F
Apr Temp 34 to 59 F
Jul Temp 60 to 84 F
Oct Temp 38 to 61 F
Annual Precip 32.3 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Grand Rapids (54494)

Kellner (54494)

Wisc Rapids (54494, 54495)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Biron 913 $62,500
Nekoosa 2,361 $47,636
Plover 12,195 $69,491
Port Edwards 1,804 $61,346
Rudolph 539 $70,000

Wisconsin Rapids Public Libraries

Library
Mcmillan Memorial Library
490 E. GRAND AVE.
Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin
(715) 423-1040
Library Web Site

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Wisconsin Rapids Hospitals

RIVERVIEW HSPTL
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
410 DEWEY ST PO BOX 8080
(715) 423-6060
Emergency Service: Yes

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Wisconsin Rapids High Schools

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LINCOLN HI
1801 16TH ST S
715-422-7123
Serves 1,479 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.5

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680 W GRAND AVE
715-422-6360
A Non-traditional School
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Serves 74 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.8

Wisconsin Rapids Colleges

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