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  2. Crime & Safety
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  3. Housing
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  4. Nightlife
    B+
  5. Good for Families
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  6. Diversity
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  7. Jobs
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  8. Weather
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  9. Cost of Living
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  10. Health & Fitness
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Wausau is a town in Wisconsin with a population of 39,138. Wausau is in Marathon County and is one of the best places to live in Wisconsin. Living in Wausau offers residents a suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Wausau there are a lot of bars and parks. Many families and young professionals live in Wausau and residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools in Wausau are highly rated.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$112,700
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$654
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    41%
  • Own
    59%
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Wausau Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    198
    283
  • Murder
    0
    6
  • Rape
    82
    41
  • Robbery
    36
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    232
    500
  • Theft
    1,597
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    67
    284
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Residents

Diversity
A-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$41,349
National
$55,322
Children
19%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    9%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    17%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    31%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    32%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    11%
    13%
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Wausau is an underappreciated gem in Wisconsin. Madison often overshadows places like this. Whether you prefer nightlife or the great outdoors - Wausau has it. There is an active night scene downtown, loads of summer events, a ski hill, and a massive state park.
I would love to see the downtown grow. I believe it will! Changes are being made, and I see these making a big impact.
I would also love to see the city become more dog-friendly. WE NEED MORE DOG PARKS!
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It's really kind of a boring town. If you want to raise up a family in a urban feeling environment, hardly any natural landscape (except if you travel to it's neighboring suburbs), with none of the benefits of living in an urban environment (such as attractions), well then, here you go. Not really a great city, to be honest. The crime rate is good, however, and the Wausau Conservatory of Music and Grand Theater is wonderful. But I would much prefer a small town over this.
I grew up in the town of Wausau in Wisconsin and here I've gotten to meet so many people, young and old. This may be a small town but is a town full of thoughtfulness and love. I have been to basically every inch of this town and no matter where I go, there are constantly people who were willing to take the time to talk to you and spread kindness in the atmosphere. Though not every town is perfect, there may be a bit of unfairness and racism but with most of the town being at most delightful, Wausau has been a town that I am glad to have grown up in and love.