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  2. Crime & Safety
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  3. Housing
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  4. Nightlife
    A-
  5. Good for Families
    B+
  6. Diversity
    B+
  7. Jobs
    B
  8. Weather
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  9. Cost of Living
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  10. Health & Fitness
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  11. Outdoor Activities
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  12. Commute
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Wausau is a town in Wisconsin with a population of 38,934. Wausau is in Marathon County and is one of the best places to live in Wisconsin. Living in Wausau offers residents a dense 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
$114,000
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$664
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    42%
  • Own
    58%
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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
C+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    198.3
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    82.4
    40.7
  • Robbery
    36.1
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    231.8
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,596.6
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    67
    284

Residents

Diversity
B+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    12%
  • 10-17 years
    10%
  • 18-24 years
    9%
  • 25-34 years
    14%
  • 35-44 years
    11%
  • 45-54 years
    12%
  • 55-64 years
    13%
  • 65+ years
    18%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    9%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    18%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    32%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    32%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    10%
    13%

Working in Wausau

Jobs
B
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$40,260
National
$55,322
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Wausau Reviews

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I was born here, then lived here close to thirty years ago. With only limited knowledge of Wausau's current business and job opportunities make up, I decided to move back here, which was a major mistake on my part. I now pay a lot more in monthly rent for a much smaller apartment (which is in a slum building), pay much more for groceries, and everything else in general. Wausau is currently, in my opinion, a hell hole!
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As an individual who was raised here for seventeen years of life I have had the chance to see the "Town of Wausau" gradually become the City of Wausau. Many things like the addition of "Wausau on Water" or WOW for short have boosted the cities appeal to people seeking residence in central Wisconsin. The small town feel and the safety of the neighborhoods makes it an optimal place for raising a family and facilitating growth at the nearby public schools. One thing I would like to see change about the area would be the introduction of new, large, popular businesses to the downtown mall, which has seen better days in its lifetime.
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!