Livability Awards

A+ Wausau Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
B+ Wausau Cost of Living Cost of living is 10% lower than Wisconsin
8713% less expensive than the US average
964% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Wausau cost of living
B- Wausau Crime Total crime is 4% higher than Wisconsin
Total crime
1,92625% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 5225% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-30%Year over year crime is down
Wausau crime
D Wausau Employment Household income is 24% lower than Wisconsin
Median household income
$41,34925% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$24,80017% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
4%6% lower than the US average
Wausau employment
C- Wausau Housing Home value is 33% lower than Wisconsin
Median home value
$112,70039% lower than the US average
Median rent price
$65431% lower than the US average
Home ownership
59%7% lower than the US average
Wausau real estate or Wausau rentals
D+ Wausau Schools HS graduation rate is 4% lower than Wisconsin
High school grad. rates
84%1% higher than the US average
School test scores
46%6% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
15:15% lower than the US average
Wausau K-12 schools or Wausau colleges

Living in Wausau, WI

Wausau is a medium-sized city located in the state of Wisconsin. The city has a population of 39,138 people. If we look at the most recent Census, Wausau is known to have a predominantly White population. The next two most common races are Asian and Black. 71% of the people in Wausau (over the age of 15) are married and 62% have kids under the age of eighteen. Knowing that, it’s safe to say that this area could be a great place for other families to lay down roots.

Without the right tools, moving to any new city can be very stressful and challenging. Living in Wausau, Wisconsin could be a good experience for anyone who puts in the time to do the research required. With useful information like crime, education, housing and other key data points, finding the best places to live in Wausau and in the areas around Wausau is a much easier task.

The livability score in Wausau is 72/100 and the city is ranked in the 73rd percentile of all cities across America. There are seven total categories that generate the livability score. Wausau scores well for amenities (A+) and cost of living (B+). There is at least one category that did not score well in Wausau. The following was graded with a less than perfect score: weather (F) and employment (D).

Location, location, location - possibly the three most important words in your search for a new place to live. Fortunately, in Wausau, there is no shortage of amazing local amenities and interesting things to do. Here are some of the more popular things to do in Wausau: Granite Peak, Rib Mountain State Park, and Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum.

Certain items on your wish list like shopping, restaurants, nightlife and proximity to public transportation are all important factors to search for. Having said that, perhaps the most important metric to consider when contemplating a move to Wausau is real estate affordability. The median home price for Wausau homes is $112,700, which is 32.5% lower than the Wisconsin average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in Wausau, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 2.7, which is 12.9% lower than the Wisconsin average. Knowing if your home will appreciate on a long term or even a short term basis should be factored into your decision making. An increase in your home’s value can be a good way to generate tax-free equity that can create long term financial security. In the past year, appreciation rates for homes in the Wausau area were 9.8% and 5 year appreciation rates were 4.7%.

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Compare Wausau, WI Livability To Other Cities

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Rib Mountain, WI773.95,802
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Stevens Point, WI7530.526,714

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Great place to live

I grew up in Wausau, and I will say that it is definitely a good place to raise a family, has a lower cost of living, as well as a crime rate that is below average.Some of the city ordinances are questionable, but overall, is definitely a great, quiet place to live.
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