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AGRICULTURE: Agriculture is an important industrial sector in Marathon County in terms of employment and economic activity. Ranking #2 in total milk production, Marathon County farms have 60,500 cows producing 1.05 billion pounds of milk annually. Marathon County is second in the production of American cheese and leads North America in the cultivation of ginseng. Marathon County farmers own 531,263 acres of farmland, including cropland, pastures, and tree farms, that being 54% of all land in the county.
Central Wisconsin Airport owned by Marathon and Portage Counties, and operated by the Central Wisconsin Joint Airport Board located 12 miles south of Wausau, is served by American Eagle, Delta Connection, and United Airlines regional carriers. CWA has two concrete runways (one 7,645 feet long x 150 feet wide, one 6,500 feet long x 150 feet wide); complete terminal services with dining and car rental, general aviation services and charter, regular jet and turbo prop commercial and private departures daily.
Wausau Downtown Airport is owned by the City of Wausau and contains 248.43 acres within the city limits. It has two bituminous runways 4,950 feet and 3,375 feet in length; hangers for lease, regular corporate and general aviation departures daily.
ALTITUDE: Average is 1,200 feet above sea level.
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Lamers Bus Lines provides motor coach tours as well as charter of vans and deluxe or mini-coaches for schools, clubs, churches, personal use, or sporting events.
Metro Ride operates 7 routes in the City of Wausau which run at 30 minute intervals, and one route to Rothschild and Schofield and Weston which runs intermittently throughout the day. Hours of operation at are 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Buses do not operate on Saturdays, Sundays, or Holidays. Passengers can transfer between routes at the Metro Ride Transit Center, which is conveniently located in the downtown area, one block from the Wausau Center Mall.
Metro Ride provides origin to destination Paratransit Service, to areas within ¾ of a mile from any bus route, for persons who, because of physical or mental disability, are unable to use the Metro Ride bus service. Paratransit hours of operation are the same as the bus service hours listed above.
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CHURCHES: There are 97 churches representing over 30 denominations in the area.
CLIMATE: The area has four distinct seasons. Average annual inches of precipitation is approximately 31.6 and average temperatures are (January average daily high temperature of 20.8 degrees and July average daily high temperature of 84.3 degrees).
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DEMOGRAPHICS: Wausau is the county seat of Marathon County, which is Wisconsin’s largest county, covering 1,584 square miles. The City of Wausau covers 18.27 square miles and 229.39 miles of streets. County population per the 2000 census was 125,834 which includes the City’s census population of 38,426. The 2000 median effective buying income for the City of Wausau was $42,120 compared to that of the State of Wisconsin was $39,800. The 2000 per capita retail sales for the City of Wausau was $11,630 compared to that of the State of Wisconsin was $9,715.
Profile of General Demographic Characteristics (PDF from US Census Bureau)
Other sources for demographic information on the City of Wausau and Marathon County can be found at www.wausauchamber.com and www.census.gov.
DWELLING UNITS: There are a total of 17,171 dwelling units consisting of 10,716 single family, 2,836 two-family units, 216 three-family units, 2,740 multi-family/commercial housing units, and 501 exempt properties. The average residential sale price of homes in 2004 was $109,820.
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EDUCATION: There are 14 elementary schools, 2 high schools, 2 middle schools and 1 early childhood center in the Wausau School District. The city also has 1 technical school 1 two-year university and 7 parochial schools. Enrollment in the Wausau School District (public schools) for the 2007-2008 school year was 8,778 pupils. The Wausau School District employs 1,132 individuals of which 685 are teachers.
In 2010, as Globe University celebrated its 125th anniversary, it also opened its new Wausau campus. Today the institution carries on its historic commitment to building communities through career-focused education. Nationally accredited by Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools, Globe offers bachelor’s and associate degrees and career diplomas at its Wausau campus, and MBA and MSM degrees through its online division. Service to students and the community is a core value; programs ranging from accounting to veterinary technology include community-based projects. Hallmarks of the educational experience include personal attention, small classes and hands-on practice in real-world skills.
The Northcentral Technical College, which is recognized as one of the best technical schools in the country, offers a variety of day and evening courses. In addition, the University of Wisconsin-Marathon Campus offers a complete two year liberal arts, pre-professional curriculum and four year program in Business Administration and general studies. Upper Iowa University operates a satellite location at the Northcentral Technical College where they offer a complete four year degree program in Accounting, Business, Human Resources and Management.
Founded in 1900, Rasmussen College is a premier provider of educational experiences, dedicated to the growth and development of its students, employees, and the communities it serves. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, Rasmussen College offers Bachelor’s and Associate’s degrees in fields with the greatest occupation opportunities to more than 15,000 students both online and through its network of 21 campuses. By partnering with leading universities, Rasmussen offers opportunities to students beyond the Bachelor’s level. The Rasmussen Partner Network gives students the opportunity to earn Master’s and Doctoral degrees completely online, at their own convenience, from prominent universities around the country.
The University of Wisconsin-Marathon County is the third largest campus of the UW Colleges, which is comprised of the 13 two-year, public liberal arts campuses located across the state. Primarily a transfer institution, UWMC embodies the Wisconsin Idea of access to an affordable education leading to a bachelor's degree. In addition to taking credit classes at UWMC, north central Wisconsin residents can receive an associate degree; a certificate in business, world languages or women's studies; continuing education credits and life-long learning classes through the UW Extension office on campus; bachelor's degrees offered on campus through UW-Stevens Point and collaborative nursing degrees offered through UW-Oshkosh. Campus forums and Wisconsin Public Radio, located on our campus, provide an opportunity for community discussion on local, national and international issues, and numerous cultural events are open to the public. For more information, call the University Relations office, (715) 261-6296. UWMC is located at 518 South 7th Avenue in Wausau.
EVENTS: The Wausau Area Events sponsors the Celebrate Summer Series, Gallery Nigh, Family Fun Series, Concerts on the Square, Marketplace, Chalkfest, Hot Air Balloon Rally, Big Bull Falls Blues Festival, Thrillville, and the Holiday Parade. Other annual events held in Wausau are the International Canoe and Kayak Whitewater Races, Badger State Winter Games, the Wisconsin Valley Fair, Children’s Festival, Gus Macker, Jaycees 4th of July Celebration, Art in the Park, Festival of Arts, Birds in Art, and Festival of Trees. (Go to Calendar of Events or Visitors Bureau for current events)
The Performing Arts Foundation brings in local, national, and international performances to the Grand Theater stage. The Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum brings in international exhibits and artists, and the Marathon County Historical Museum exhibits local history.
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FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS: There are 12 banks with 41 different branch locations, 3 trust companies and 3 holding companies located in the Wausau area. In addition, the area is home to 13 open membership credit unions with 18 branch locations.
FIRE DEPARTMENT: The City’s Fire Department has 25 fire rescue vehicles as well as the only Hazardous Materials/Chemical Accident Response Level A Team in central Wisconsin. Wausau maintains a Class 3 fire insurance rating.
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GARBAGE: Wausau contracts Onyx Waste Services to collect garbage and recycled items. In 2003, 3,797,924 pounds of recyclable material was collected in the City of Wausau. Effective in 1991, all municipalities in Marathon County began mandatory recycling of newsprint; aluminum and glass; sanitary landfill disposal. Effective 1995, all municipalities including businesses, residential dwellings, and multiple family dwellings began mandatory recycling of #1 and #2 plastics, glass bottles/jars, newspaper, magazines, aluminum cans, steel/bi-metal cans, corrugated cardboard, lead acid automobile batteries, waste oil, and medical waste as required by the State of Wisconsin.
GOVERNMENT: The city was chartered in 1872 and is currently served by 12 elected Alderpersons who serve two-year terms and an elected Mayor who serves a four year term.
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HEALTH SERVICES: Northcentral Health Care Facilities, three nursing homes, Marshfield Clinic-Wausau Medical Center, Bridge Community Health Clinic serving low/moderate income, 20 various medical clinics, the Aspirus Health Care System which includes Aspirus Wausau Hospital, Aspirus Wausau Regional Healthcare Clinics at 22 locations, VNA Home Health and Pine Ridge Medical Equipment.
Aspirus Wausau Hospital is a licensed 321 bed multi-specialty health care facility and regional referral center. Annually over 108,000 persons use its inpatient, outpatient, and 24-hours emergency services. In addition to providing Wausau and Marathon County with primary care services, the hospital serves as a healthcare resource to northern and central Wisconsin as a regional trauma and referral center for such specialties as cancer, cardiology, open heart surgery, spine and neurological disorders, gastroenterology, orthopedic surgery, rehabilitation services, plastic and reconstructive surgery, and laser surgery. Aspirus Wausau Hospital is one of the nation’s leaders in laser applications with new procedures being developed every day.
HIGHWAYS: Interstate 39 (U.S Highway 51) runs north/south with six (6) entry/exit ramps to the City of Wausau. State Highways 52 and 29 run east/west with several access locations in the city.
HOTELS: There are 26 hotels/motels in the area and 3 Bed and Breakfast Inns. (Go to www.visitwausau.com for listings)
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INDUSTRY: While nearly one-third of the county’s economy is manufacturing based, the balance of service and industry provides for a very stable workforce. The region holds a consistently lower than average unemployment rate and sees steady growth in job creation and economic stability among manufacturers and service providers alike. Major employers include Aspirus Wausau Hospital, Apogee Wausau Group, Eastbay, Fiskars, Inc., Kolbe & Kolbe Millwork, Marathon Electric, Marshfield Clinic-Wausau Center, Marathon County Government, North Central Health Care Facility, Northcentral Technical College, WPS Health Insurance, Wausau Benefits, Wausau Insurance, Wausau-Mosinee Paper Corporation, Wausau School District.
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LIBRARY: Marathon County Public Library owns over 330,762 items including books, compact discs, music cassettes, books on cassettes, art prints, large print books, and materials for the blind and handicapped. Free internet access is available at all eight branch libraries and the headquarters library in Wausau. Programs for children, teens, and adults are offered every week. Libraries are located in the surrounding communities: Athens, Edgar, Hatley, Marathon, Mosinee, Rothschild, Spencer, Stratford, and Wausau.
LIFE REPORT: The "LIFE in Marathon County" report (PDF 13MB) provides a wide spectrum of information and data depicting the quality of life in Wausau and Marathon County. Its purpose is to provide a reference for the community to evaluate strengths and weaknesses and identify priority issues. The report, which will be published every two years, will also serve as a tracking vehicle to show how the community has changed over time. The report's sponsor, the Community Planning Council of Marathon County, hopes this report will not only serve as a handy reference but also as a starting point for community action.
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MUSEUMS: The "Yawkey Home" located at 403 McIndoe Street and the “Woodson House” at 410 McIndoe are the home and museum of the Marathon County Historical Society (715-842-5750).. The Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum (715-845-7010) located at 700 N. Twelfth Street opened in mid-1976 and has hosted a number of nationally renowned exhibits. The E.F. Jablonski Historical Museum (715-842-2516) located at 1212 S. Tenth Street opened June 2000, celebrates Wausau’s heritage in the window manufacturing business. The L.S. Hogan Antique Farm Machinery Museum (715-675-9963) located at Marathon Park is a fascinating display of artifacts of bygone days.
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NATIONALITIES: Comprised predominately of Polish, German, Southeast Asian, and Latino.
NEWSPAPERS: The Wausau Daily Herald, with a daily circulation of 21, 400 during the week and a circulation rate of 27,500 for the Sunday paper. City Pages is a free news and entertainment weekly that has a weekly circulation of 14,000. The Buyers Guide is a free weekly classified publication. Families First is a free bi-monthly publication for families in Marathon County.
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PARKING: There are 3,697 total parking spaces: 290 street meters; 2,687 ramp parking spaces; 202 one-hour parking zones; 15 fifteen-minute parking zones; 496 spaces in parking lots. Of the 3,697 total spaces 791 are permit parking. Overnight parking on streets is not allowed.
PARKS: There are 37 city parks totaling 337 acres, 18 county parks totaling 3,406 acres, and 10 county forest units totaling 28,623 acres. There are three trail heads with access to the 83 mile Mountain-Bay State Park Trail.
POLICE: The City Police Department has 86 employees, consisting of 65 sworn officers and 21 civilians. Civilian staff includes administrative support, parking control, and school-crossing supervision. The force deploys 33 motorized units.
POPULATION: The City of Wausau has experienced continual growth. The 2010 census population in the city is 39,106. Wausau’s population is mostly made up of Polish and German descent. However, during the late 1970’s, Marathon County experienced a migration of Southeast Asian refugees, including Hmong, Cambodians, Thai, and Laotian, making them the largest minority population of approximately 5,500 in Marathon County. Since early 2000, the Latino population in the area has increased to approximately 3,720. In the past 20 years more residents have been moving to suburban and rural areas. The Wausau metro area including Wausau, Schofield, Rothschild, Weston, and Rib Mountain has over 90,000 people living in the area. Wausau’s population growth is mainly due to annexations and increasing minority populations.
|2010 ...................................................... 39,106
2000 ...................................................... 38,426
1990 ...................................................... 37,060
1980 ...................................................... 32,426
1970 ...................................................... 32,806
1960 ...................................................... 31,943
1950 ...................................................... 30,386
1940 ...................................................... 27,268
1930 ...................................................... 23,758
1920 ...................................................... 18,951
1910 ...................................................... 16,560
1900 ...................................................... 12,354
1890 ...................................................... 9,253
1880 ...................................................... 4,277
1870 ...................................................... 1,349
(The Census is the most reliable source of demographic statistics, however, is only conducted every ten years. Population estimates provided during interim are based on state statistics.)
POST OFFICE: A full service US Post Office is located at 235 Forest Street, downtown Wausau.
PROFESSIONAL SERVICES: There are approximately 260 physicians and surgeons, 82 dentists, 184 attorneys, 347 engineers/architects/surveyors, and 93 certified public accountants.
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RADIO STATIONS: Include WCLQ 89.5FM (Christian rock), WHRM 90.0FM (public radio), WILD 94.7 (contemporary hits radio), WIFC 95.5FM/WSAU 550AM (pop/talk radio), WDDG (country), WMZK 104.9FM (classic rock), WDEZ 102FM/WRIG 1390AM (country/original hits), WLJY 106.5 (easy listening), WYCO 107.9FM/WXCO 1230AM (adult contemporary/talk radio).
RAILROAD: The area is served by one major railroad, Canadian National, which has access to the seaway through Milwaukee. Nearest rail passenger service is provided by the Amtrak stop at Wisconsin Dells (105 miles).
RECREATION: There are 9 public and 2 private golf courses; 28 outdoor and 2 indoor tennis courts; 6 indoor and 5 outdoor swimming pools, 1 splash pad; 1 commercial downhill ski area, 1 municipal snow tubing hill, 10 outdoor skating rinks, 5 outdoor and 3 indoor hockey rinks,1 speed skating oval; 3 trail heads and 18 miles of the Mountain Bay-State Park Trail open to hiking, biking, and snowmobiling (ATV’s are no longer allows); 4 open beaches, 3 year-round reservable park shelters, 20 seasonal reservable park shelters; 14 lakes and rivers with public access for boating including Lake Wausau, Lake DuBay, Big Eau Pleine Flowage, and the Wisconsin River; 1 urban and 2 rural campgrounds; 1 semi-professional baseball diamond, 12 youth and teen baseball diamonds, 9 youth and adult softball diamonds, 16 soccer fields; a whitewater canoe and kayak course; shooting range; radio-controlled aircraft field; indoor climbing wall (YMCA), indoor high ropes challenge course (Wausau West Field House); and a Skateboard Park. Non-profit recreational facilities include a Boys and Girls Club, YWCA, YMCA, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, and 4H. The restored Grant Theater, commercial dance schools, a commercial ballet school, Wausau Community Theater, Center for the Visual Arts, and the Wausau Conservatory of Music reflect strong local interest and support for the Arts.
Wausau is host to international and national canoe and kayak whitewater and marathon racing, Northwoods League Amateur Baseball, the Badger State Winter Games, the Wisconsin Special Olympics Winter Games, the Wisconsin Valley Senior Olympics, a short and long triathlon series, and the Gus Macker 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament.
RESTAURANTS: There are approximately 124 restaurants including fast food, coffee houses, and ice creams shops in the area.
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TAVERNS: There are approximately 90 taverns (some restaurants), and one brew pub in the area.
TV STATIONS: Include WAOA Channel 9 (ABC); WSAW Channel 7 (CBS); WHRM Channel 20 (PBS); WJFW Rhinelander Channel 12 (NBC); WFSX Fox 55; WBWA Channel 15 (Warner Brothers); Public Access Channels 3 and 10; Charter Communications Cable TV.
THEATERS: There is one motion picture theater with a total of four screens, and the 1245-seat Grand Theater in downtown Wausau which boasts national shows and performers; six area schools also have auditoriums/theaters; and a ten screen multiplex movie theater is located in the Wausau area.
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UTILITIES: The utilities offered in Wausau include electricity, natural gas, telephone, water and sewer.
Electric power is furnished by hydro-electric plants; 7 are located on the Wisconsin River and 1 located on the Tomahawk River. These hydro-electric plants are capable of producing 34 megawatts. Another source of electricity provided by Wisconsin Public Service are the Weston steam generating plants. Weston 1 and 2 are capable of producing 135,000 kilowatts. The newest steam generating plant in Marathon county is Weston 3 which was completed December of 1981 with a rated capacity of 300 megawatts.
Local telephone service is provided to businesses and single line customers by Verizon (GTE) Telephone Operations.
A 12 million gallon municipal water works serves City of Wausau residents. In 2004 City residents used a total of approximately 1.5 billion gallons of water. There are approximately 15,000 metered customers with an average daily water pumpage of 5 million gallons. Public sewer service is provided with an advanced activated sludge wastewater plant with a design flow of 8.2 million gallons
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WEATHER: Average Temperatures (Fahrenheit)
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