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  1. Public Schools
    A-
  2. Crime & Safety
    B-
  3. Housing
    B
  4. Nightlife
    B+
  5. Good for Families
    A-
  6. Diversity
    A-
  7. Jobs
    B
  8. Weather
    C+
  9. Cost of Living
    B+
  10. Health & Fitness
    B
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A-
  12. Commute
    A

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
    153
    283
  • Murder
    0
    6
  • Rape
    36
    41
  • Robbery
    64
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    350
    500
  • Theft
    1,985
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    118
    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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Wausau has lots events and it's family and friendly. There are more stores and strips malls in the rib mountain area with stores that appeals to everyone. The activities through out the year brings different people of different backgrounds to come and enjoy. There are farmers market to help support locals. Wausau also has great attractions for many people who live outside the area. These perks help folks from smaller cities explore a bigger city, help them to replenish supplies and have a great time. One way to improve Wausau is to have buses or a bus run to Cedar Creek Mall, or Walmart since those are another places people like to go often. Overall I give Wausau a 5 start rating because lots of things has changed since the last time I was here back in 2007, and I can honestly say I look forward to what this city continues to bring in the future.
Wausau is a great place. They have a ton of different activities going on almost every weekend. The have many different types of restaurant and three different breweries in town. The offer several different college options. With two highways running through town its very easy to go to and from!