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  1. Public Schools
    A
  2. Crime & Safety
    C+
  3. Housing
    B
  4. Nightlife
    A-
  5. Good for Families
    A-
  6. Diversity
    B+
  7. Jobs
    B
  8. Weather
    C
  9. Cost of Living
    B+
  10. Health & Fitness
    B+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A-
  12. Commute
    A
Wausau is a town in Wisconsin with a population of 38,801. 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
$118,300
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$685
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense 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
C+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    280.5
    282.7
  • Murder
    2.6
    6.1
  • Rape
    109.1
    40.7
  • Robbery
    13
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    210.4
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,028.4
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    114.3
    284

Residents

Diversity
B+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    12%
  • 10-17 years
    9%
  • 18-24 years
    9%
  • 25-34 years
    14%
  • 35-44 years
    11%
  • 45-54 years
    12%
  • 55-64 years
    14%
  • 65+ years
    18%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    10%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    20%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    32%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    29%
    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
$43,232
National
$55,322
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Wausau Reviews

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55 yr old F. Lived here most of my life, and traveled quite a bit. Decent place to still raise children for the education factor. It doesn't have much to offer kids other than school sports, clubs or programs, which are also very time consuming and EXPENSIVE for parents, so we see a fair amount of troubled kids on the rise in last 10 years. Gangs with more drugs coming through more than ever! Violence and domestic abuse has risen a lot in last 4-5 years, very sad. I was a felt safe as kid riding anywhere on bike in or around town, not anymore even as an adult. The downtown area has been trying to revamp its businesses to attract people back. Unil the mall is made into something useful it's suffering and losing revenue repeatedly. The city is giving property away or allowing it to operate without paying taxes ... which in turn is then made up in revenue from the citizens as tax payers. Living costs are up dramatically. Hi taxes make it hard to own a home and keep a quality of life.
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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!
It's a quiet, diverse community with a lot of activities in the outdoors. There is a strong sense of community in this 60000+ person city. I appreciate the broad range of retail and dining choices in the area. The only drawback is there is not much of a nightlife in central Wisconsin besides bars and taverns. The school system is highly rated within the state and there is strong support of students by the community.