Wausau, WI

Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA)

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2022 Population
166,222
0.149% 1-year growth
US Senator
Ron Johnson
Republican Party
US Senator
Tammy Baldwin
Democratic Party
2022 Median Age
42.2
0.716% 1-year increase
2022 Poverty Rate
8.68%
6.1% 1-year increase
2022 Median Household Income
$71,675
7.45% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$189,500
14.4% 1-year growth
2022 Employed Population
85,267
0.787% 1-year decline

About

In 2022, Wausau, WI had a population of 166k people with a median age of 42.2 and a median household income of $71,675. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Wausau, WI grew from 165,975 to 166,222, a 0.149% increase and its median household income grew from $66,703 to $71,675, a 7.45% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Wausau, WI are White (Non-Hispanic) (88.5%), Asian (Non-Hispanic) (4.67%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (2.91%), White (Hispanic) (1.2%), and Other (Hispanic) (0.827%).

None of the households in Wausau, WI reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

98.4% of the residents in Wausau, WI are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Wausau, WI are Northcentral Technical College (2,240 degrees awarded in 2022) and State College of Beauty Culture Inc (44 degrees).

In 2022, the median property value in Wausau, WI was $189,500, and the homeownership rate was 73.9%.

Most people in Wausau, WI drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 19.6 minutes. The average car ownership in Wausau, WI was 2 cars per household.

Population & Diversity

Wausau, WI is home to a population of 166k people, from which 98.4% are citizens. As of 2022, 3.76% of Wausau, WI residents were born outside of the country (6.24k people).

In 2022, there were 19 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (147k people) in Wausau, WI than any other race or ethnicity. There were 7.76k Asian (Non-Hispanic) and 4.83k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

98.4%
2022 Citizenship
98.6%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 98.4% of Wausau, WI residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Wausau, WI was 98.6%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Wausau, WI
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    147k ± 280
  2. Asian (Non-Hispanic)
    7.76k ± 262
  3. Two+ (Non-Hispanic)
    4.83k ± 344
2.9%
Hispanic Population
4.82k people

In 2022, there were 19 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (147k people) in Wausau, WI than any other race or ethnicity. There were 7.76k Asian (Non-Hispanic) and 4.83k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

2.9% of the people in Wausau, WI are hispanic (4.82k people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in Wausau, WI as a share of the total population.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    84,791 ± 7,097 people
  2. India
    23,051 ± 3,720 people
  3. China
    15,381 ± 3,041 people

In 2022, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Wisconsin was Mexico, the natal country of 84,791 Wisconsin residents, followed by India with 23,051 and China with 15,381.

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Foreign-Born Population

3.76%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
6.24k people
3.41%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
5.65k people

As of 2022, 3.76% of Wausau, WI residents (6.24k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.6%. In 2021, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Wausau, WI was 3.41%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    3,335 ± 334
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    1,886 ± 328
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    1,143 ± 165

Wausau, WI has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.77 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Wausau, WI employs 85.3k people. The largest industries in Wausau, WI are Manufacturing (17,701 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (14,579 people), and Retail Trade (9,654 people), and the highest paying industries are Management of Companies & Enterprises ($88,289), Utilities ($86,346), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($61,627).

Males in Wisconsin have an average income that is 1.32 times higher than the average income of females, which is $58,062. The income inequality in Wisconsin (measured using the Gini index) is 0.443, which is lower than than the national average.

Occupations

85.3k
2022 Value
± 1,813
−0.787%
1 Year decline
± 3%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Wausau, WI declined at a rate of −0.787%, from 85.9k employees to 85.3k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Wausau, WI, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (9,585 people), Production Occupations (9,251 people), and Management Occupations (8,296 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Wausau, WI.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

85.3k
2022 Value
± 1,813
−0.787%
1 Year decline
± 3%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Wausau, WI declined at a rate of −0.787%, from 85.9k employees to 85.3k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Wausau, WI, are Manufacturing (17,701 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (14,579 people), and Retail Trade (9,654 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Wausau, WI, though some of these residents may live in Wausau, WI and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Median Earnings by Industry

$51,640
Median earning men ± $998
$38,313
Median earning women ± $927

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($72,436), Public Administration ($65,375), and Educational Services, & Health Care & Social Assistance ($61,140).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($50,040), Public Administration ($48,676), and Educational Services, & Health Care & Social Assistance ($42,301).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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1.6%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between February 2022 and February 2023

As of February 2023, there are 2.95M people employed in Wisconsin. This represents a 1.6% increase in employment when compared to February 2022.

Right after the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, during April 2020, a general dip can be seen across industry sectors, resulting in an overall decline in employment by 13.3%.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in Wisconsin.

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Establishments by Size

The industries with the most establishments
  1. 1,393
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  2. 999
    Manufacturing
  3. 906
    Finance & Insurance, and Real Estate, Rental & Leasing

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Wisconsin went to Joseph R Biden Jr. with 49.4% of the vote. The runner-up was Donald J. Trump (48.8%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (1.17%).

Ron Johnson and Tammy Baldwin are the senators currently representing the state of Wisconsin. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

Wisconsin is currently represented by 8 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

US Senators from Wisconsin

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Ron Johnson
Senator from Wisconsin3
Assumed office on January 3, 2011
Tammy Baldwin
Senator from Wisconsin1
Assumed office on January 3, 2013

Ron Johnson and Tammy Baldwin are the senators currently representing Wisconsin.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

The following chart shows elected senators in Wisconsin over time, excluding special elections, colored by their political party.

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US Representatives from Wisconsin

Wisconsin is currently represented by 8 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for Wisconsin have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Education

In 2022, universities in Wausau, WI awarded 2,284 degrees. The student population of Wausau, WI in 2022 is skewed towards women, with 2,568 male students and 3,540 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Wausau, WI are White (1,840 and 80.6%), followed by Asian (134 and 5.87%), Unknown (115 and 5.04%), and Hispanic or Latino (87 and 3.81%).

The largest universities in Wausau, WI by number of degrees awarded are Northcentral Technical College (2,240 and 98.1%) and State College of Beauty Culture Inc (44 and 1.93%).

The most popular majors in Wausau, WI are Nursing Assistant & Patient Care Assistant (276 and 12.1%), Welding Technology (125 and 5.47%), and Accounting (111 and 4.86%).

Enrollments by Gender and Races

In 2022 there were 6,108 students enrolled in Wausau, WI, 42% men and 58% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in White with 4,758 records, of which 58.1% were women and 41.9% men.

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Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 75 degrees awarded
  2. 32 degrees awarded
  3. 27 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in Wausau, WI was Registered Nursing with 75 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Associates Degree from schools in Wausau, WI according to their major.

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 2,240 degrees awarded
  2. 44 degrees awarded

In 2022, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was Northcentral Technical College with 2,240 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

In 2022, 918 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Wausau, WI, which is 0.672 times less than the 1,366 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2022 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was White students. These 1,840 degrees mean that there were 13.7 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Asian, with 134 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Public, 2-year ($3,443) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2022.

Public, 2-year ($348) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2022.

Public, 2-year ($1,939) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

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Educational Pyramid

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In 2022, 0.697% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 0.597% of women were in the same situation.

This visualization shows the gender distribution of the population according to the academic level reached.

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Educational Attainment

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The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2022 were High School or Equivalent (1.41M), Some college (1.02M), and Bachelors Degree (921k).

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Wausau, WI was $189,500 in 2022, which is 0.672 times smaller than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $165,700 to $189,500, a 14.4% increase. The homeownership rate in Wausau, WI is 73.9%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Wausau, WI have an average commute time of 19.6 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Wausau, WI is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Wausau, WI is $71,675. In 2022, the county with the highest Median Household Income in Wausau, WI was Waukesha County, WI with a value of $101,639, followed by St. Croix County, WI and Ozaukee County, WI, with respective values of $97,950 and $92,258.

Property

$189,500
Median Property Value 2022
±$3,369
$50,776
Median Property Taxes
±$1,190

The following chart display owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Wausau, WI the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

The chart underneath the paragraph shows the property taxes in Wausau, WI compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies.

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Rent vs Own

73.9%
Homeownership
2022
63.1%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 73.9% of the housing units in Wausau, WI were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 73.5%.

This chart shows the percentage of owner in Wausau, WI compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

In 2022, the county with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Wausau, WI was Waukesha County, WI with a value of $101,639, followed by St. Croix County, WI and Ozaukee County, WI, with respective values of $97,950 and $92,258.

The following map shows all of the counties in Wausau, WI colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Household Income

Please note that the buckets used in this visualization were not evenly distributed by ACS when publishing the data.
$71,675
Median Household Income
± $1,926
68.7k
Number of Households
± 1,611

In 2022, the median household income of the 68.7k households in Wausau, WI grew to $71,675 from the previous year's value of $66,703.

The following chart displays the households in Wausau, WI distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Wausau, WI is from Wisconsin.
0.443
2022 Wage GINI in Wisconsin
0.443
2021 Wage GINI in Wisconsin

In 2022, the income inequality in Wisconsin was 0.443 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.043% decline from 2021 to 2022, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even. The GINI for Wisconsin was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Wisconsin in comparison to the national average.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2022
  1. Drove Alone (78.4%)
  2. Worked At Home (9.84%)
  3. Carpooled (8.23%)

In 2022, 78.4% of workers in Wausau, WI drove alone to work, followed by those who worked at home (9.84%) and those who carpooled to work (8.23%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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Commute Time

19.6 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Wausau, WI have a shorter commute time (19.6 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 1.68% of the workforce in Wausau, WI have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Wausau, WI distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Wausau, WI have 2 cars.

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Poverty & Diversity

8.68% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Wausau, WI (14.2k out of 164k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 12.5%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 75+, followed by Females 25 - 34 and then Females 18 - 24.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Wausau, WI is White, followed by Hispanic and Two Or More.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Health

94.2% of the population of Wausau, WI has health coverage, with 54% on employee plans, 12.3% on Medicaid, 14.5% on Medicare, 12.2% on non-group plans, and 1.23% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in Wisconsin see 1255 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.947% decrease from the previous year (1267 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1395 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 441 patients per year.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,255 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Wisconsin

Primary care physicians in Wisconsin see an average of 1,255 patients per year. This represents a 0.947% decrease from the previous year (1,267 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Wisconsin in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Health Care Diversity

In 2022, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 23% under 18 years, 17.9% between 18 and 34 years, 40.4% between 35 and 64 years, and 18.7% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 49.6% were men and 50.4% were women.

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Uninsured People

5.84%
Uninsured
54%
Employer Coverage
12.3%
Medicaid
14.5%
Medicare
12.2%
Non-Group
1.23%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Wausau, WI grew by 1.96% from 5.73% to 5.84%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Wausau, WI changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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