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Overview

Introduction to Wausau, Wisconsin

Wausau, Wisconsin is 76 miles NW of Appleton, Wisconsin and 158 miles NW of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It is in Marathon County.

Wausau History

Wausau was first settled in the mid 1800s. French explorers called the area Big Bull Flats or Big Bull Falls. The Chippewa Native Americans were the original inhabitants of the area. The federal government purchased the land in 1836. In Ojibwe language, the name of the city means "a place which can be seen from far away" or "a faraway place." Wausau was established as a town in 1852 and incorporated as a village in 1861. August Kickbusch, Sr. became its first mayor in the year 1874. The first railroad entered the city in 1874. It is the county seat of Marathon County, which was founded in 1807.

Wausau and nearby Attractions

  • Grand Avenue Shopping Center
  • Rib Mountain State Park
  • Marathon County Historical Museum
  • Mountain - Bay State Trail
  • Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum
  • Council Grounds State Park

Things To Do In Wausau

Wausau is home to many parks and playgrounds. These include the Schulenberg Park, Pleasant View Park, Oak Island Park, Marathon Park, D C Everest Park, and Hammond Park. The Marathon County Historical Society Museum and Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum are popular destintions. The Wausau Center Mall Shopping Center, Grand Avenue Shopping Center, and Riverside Plaza Shopping Center are the local shopping centers. Local celebrations include Big Bull Falls Blues Festival, Wisconsin Valley Fair, and Festival of Arts.

Wausau Transportation

Central Wisconsin Airport is nearby.

Wausau Higher Education

Northcentral Technical College is the local college. Others nearby include the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and Fox Valley Technical College at Appleton.

Demographics

People

Total Population39,138
Male Share of the Population48.6%
Female Share of the Population51.4%
Senior Citizens17.8%
Employed Population 16+18,079
Age of the Population39

Families

% of people married44.2%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher25.5%
Median Earnings25+$31,072
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$19,632
Median Earnings With High School Degree$26,161

Wealth

Median Family Income$55,189
% Above Poverty Level81.8%
% Below Poverty Level18.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time16 minutes
% Working from Home2.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work4.3%
% Using Public Transportation1.2%

Housing

People Living Alone36.7%
Median Gross Rent$654
Median House Value$112,700

Ancestry

German41.6%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)21.7%
Polish12.6%
Irish9%
Norwegian5.3%
English5.2%
French Except Basque3.5%
Italian2.1%
Swedish1.9%
Dutch1.8%
Danishn1.2%
Canadian1%
Scottish0.8%
Russian0.8%
Belgian0.7%
Czech0.7%
Welsh0.6%
Swiss0.6%
Finnish0.5%
Slovak0.3%
Hungarian0.3%
Greek0.3%
Austrian0.3%
African0.2%
Slovene0.2%
Latvian0.2%
Lithuanian0.2%
Croatian0.2%
Romanian0.1%
Luxemburger0.1%
Portuguese0.1%
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Wausau Almanac

CategoryValue
County Marathon County
Standard Zip Codes54401, 54403
P.O. Box Zip Codes54402
Phone Area Codes715
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude44.96
Approximate Longitude-89.64

Wausau Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationWAUSAU AP
Distance1.8 miles
Jan Temp4 to 22 F
Apr Temp33 to 55 F
Jul Temp59 to 81 F
Oct Temp37 to 57 F
Annual Precip33.3 inches
StationROSHOLT 9 NNE
Distance24.2 miles
Jan Temp0 to 22 F
Apr Temp30 to 54 F
Jul Temp55 to 80 F
Oct Temp33 to 57 F
Annual Precip32.6 inches
StationANTIGO
Distance28.3 miles
Jan Temp-1 to 20 F
Apr Temp30 to 52 F
Jul Temp55 to 79 F
Oct Temp34 to 55 F
Annual Precip30.6 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Hatley473$74,107
Mosinee4,023$76,536
Rothschild5,307$73,504
Schofield2,092$55,500
Weston14,989$60,967

Wausau Public Libraries

Marathon County Public Library
300 N. FIRST ST.
Wausau, Wisconsin
(715) 261-7200

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Wausau Hospitals

Aspirus Wausau Hospital
(Non-profit)
333 Pine Ridge Blvd
(715) 847-2121
North Central Health Care
(Government - Local)
1100 Lakeview Dr
(715) 848-4600

Wausau Public Schools

A C Kiefer Educational Center
700 W Strowbridge St
ZIP: 54401
(715) 261-0265
Primary
Total Enrollment 387
G D Jones Elementary
1018 S 12th Ave
ZIP: 54401
(715) 261-0950
Primary
Total Enrollment 321
Grant Elementary
500 N 4th Ave
ZIP: 54401
(715) 261-0190
Primary
Total Enrollment 234
John Muir Middle
1400 W Stewart Ave
ZIP: 54401
(715) 261-0100
Middle
Total Enrollment 958
Lincoln Elementary
720 S 6th Ave
ZIP: 54401
(715) 261-0965
Primary
Total Enrollment 283
Maine Elementary
5901 N 44th Ave
ZIP: 54401
(715) 261-0250
Primary
Total Enrollment 245
Rib Mountain Elementary
2701 Robin Ln
ZIP: 54401
(715) 261-0220
Primary
Total Enrollment 275
South Mountain Elementary
5400 Bittersweet Rd
ZIP: 54401
(715) 261-0235
Primary
Total Enrollment 256
Stettin Elementary
109 N 56th Ave
ZIP: 54401
(715) 261-0205
Primary
Total Enrollment 312
Thomas Jefferson Elementary
500 W Randolph St
ZIP: 54401
(715) 261-0175
Primary
Total Enrollment 398
West High
1200 W Wausau Ave
ZIP: 54401
(715) 261-0850
High
Total Enrollment 1358
East High
2607 N 18th St
ZIP: 54403
(715) 261-0650
High
Total Enrollment 1020
Enrich Excel Achieve Learning Academy
2607 N 18th St
ZIP: 54403
(715) 261-2490
Other
Total Enrollment 80
Franklin Elementary
1509 N 5th St
ZIP: 54403
(715) 261-0000
Primary
Total Enrollment 324
Hawthorn Hills Elementary
1600 Kickbusch St
ZIP: 54403
(715) 261-0045
Primary
Total Enrollment 260
Hewitt-texas Elementary
T10331 Quarry Rd
ZIP: 54403
(715) 261-0015
Primary
Total Enrollment 146
Horace Mann Middle
3101 N 13th St
ZIP: 54403
(715) 261-0725
Other
Total Enrollment 763
John Marshall Elementary
1918 Lamont St
ZIP: 54403
(715) 261-0060
Primary
Total Enrollment 387
Riverview Elementary
4303 Troy St
ZIP: 54403
(715) 261-0030
Primary
Total Enrollment 455
Wausau Area Montessori Charter School
3101 N 13th St
ZIP: 54403
(715) 261-0795
Primary
Total Enrollment 96
Wausau Engineering And Global Leadership Academy
2607 N 18th St
ZIP: 54403
(715) 261-0650
High
Total Enrollment 70

Wausau Private Schools

Faith Christian Academy
225 S 28th Ave
ZIP: 54401
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 123
Montessori School Of Wausau
1921 Wegner St
ZIP: 54401
Elementary
Total Enrollment 6
Newman Catholic Elementary At St Anne Parish
604 N 6th Ave
ZIP: 54401
Elementary
Total Enrollment 206
Newman Catholic Middle / High School
1130 W Bridge St
ZIP: 54401
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 552
Our Saviors Lutheran School
703 Flieth St
ZIP: 54401
Elementary
Total Enrollment 20
Trinity Lutheran School
501 Stewart Ave
ZIP: 54401
Elementary
Total Enrollment 152
St John Lutheran School
E10723 County Road Z
ZIP: 54403
Elementary
Total Enrollment 18
Storefront Learning Center
605 1/2 3rd St
ZIP: 54403
Secondary
Total Enrollment 14
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