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Wausau, WI

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About Wausau, WI

Wausau, WI is located in Marathon County in the state of Wisconsin.

The total City Population for Wausau is about 39,745 with about 777 people per square mile, and the larger Metro Area Population is about 76,016.

The Average Home Value is $129,569, which is roughly 32% lower than the Average Home Value of $191,067 for the state of Wisconsin, and roughly 40% lower than the National Average of $217,072.

The Median Income Per Household is about $53,800, which is roughly 20% lower than the Average Median Income Per Household of $67,350 for the state of Wisconsin, and roughly 17% lower higher than the National Average of $65,026.

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Quick Stats

Wausau Population 39,745
Average Home Value $129,569
Median Household Income $53,800
Median Age 38.6
Unemployment Rate 4.4%
Politics 58.14% Republican

Demographic Details

Average # of People Per Household: 1.78
Male Population Estimate: 48.4%
Female Population Estimate: 51.6%
Median Age: 38.6
Male Median Age: 28.2
Female Median Age: 31.0

Racial Demographic Estimates



Marathon County voted Republican in the 2020 Presidential Election with a very significant difference of 77.13% between the winner and runner up.
Ron Johnson
U.S. Senator
Ron Johnson
Republican Party
Tammy Baldwin
U.S. Senator
Tammy Baldwin
Democratic Party
Tony Evers
State governor
Tony Evers
Democratic Party

Voting Results by Party

Republican: 58.14%
Democratic: 40.14%
Libertarian: 1.21%
Other: 0.49%
Green: 0.02%

Crime Details

NOTE: Crime is available at the County level so this doesn't necessarily represent the city of Wausau specifically.

Average # of Homicides for Marathon County: About 1.36911 per 100,000 People
(last recorded in 2021)

Average # of Violent Crimes for Marathon County: About 115.242 per 100,000 People
(last recorded in 2021)

Marathon County is about 65% lower than the national average of about 4 homicides per 100,000 people, and about 60% lower than the national average of about 288 violent crimes per 100,000 people.


The Unemployment Rate for Wausau is about 4.4%.

Wisconsin is ranked #36 out of 52 for Best and Worst States to Work in America, with an overall score of 26.98 out of 100.

36th out of 52

Wage Policies

Overall Wage Policy Score: 19.53

The average living wage for the state of Wisconsin is $30.98/hr, while the states minimum wage is $7.25/hr, which can be set above the state standard, and is extended to farm workers. This gives Wisconsin a minimum wage score of 8.06 compared to all other states.

The minimum wage for tipped employees is $2.33/hr, which gives Wisconsin a minimum wage for tipped employees score of 12.53 compared to all other states.

The weekly unemployment (UI) benefit for Wisconsin is $150.80, resulting in a UI benefit score of 9.77 compared to all other states.

Worker Protection Policies

Overall Worker Protection Score: 71.43
X Wisconsin does provide accommodations for pregnant workers.
X Wisconsin does offer protections for workplace breastfeeding.
Wisconsin does mandate equal pay across gender and race.
X Wisconsin does prohibit pay secrecy practices in the workplace.
X Wisconsin does restrict access to salary history to reduce gender and racial bias.
X Wisconsin does provide some form of paid family leave.
X Wisconsin does provide some form of paid sick leave.
X Wisconsin does not provide flexible scheduling of worker shifts.
X Wisconsin does not mandate pay reporting or "call-in" pay by employers.
X Wisconsin does not provide split shift pay regulation.
X Wisconsin does not provide workers advanced notice of shift scheduling.
Wisconsin does provide some form of sexual harassment protection in state law.
Wisconsin does extend workers compensation mandates to farmworkers.
X Wisconsin does not extend worker protections to domestic workers.

Right To Organize Policies

Overall Right To Organize Score: 70
X Wisconsin does not have a "right-to-work" law.
X Wisconsin does legalize project labor agreements to ensure a fair wage to workers on contract.
X Wisconsin does not protect workers against wage theft retaliation.
Wisconsin does partially require collective bargaining for public workers.
Wisconsin does provide collective bargaining for teachers.
Wisconsin does provide wage negotiations for teachers.
Data from Oxfam America, Inc.
A global organization that fights inequality to end poverty and injustice.

Nearby Location

Additional Location Details

Zip Code(s): 54401, 54403 (2 Total Zip Codes)
Latitude: 44.962000
Longitude: -89.645900
TimeZone: Central (GMT -06:00)
Daylight Saving: Yes
Region: Midwest
Average Elevation: 1308.8 ft.
Area Code(s): 715