Wausau, Wisconsin Population 2020

38,519
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Wausau is a city located in Wisconsin. With a 2020 population of 38,519, it is the 18th largest city in Wisconsin and the 1015th largest city in the United States. Wausau is currently declining at a rate of -0.11% annually and its population has decreased by -1.50% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 39,106 in 2010. Wausau reached it's highest population of 39,192 in 2013. Spanning over 20 miles, Wausau has a population density of 2,005 people per square mile.

The average household income in Wausau is $68,876 with a poverty rate of 15.25%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $708 per month, and the median house value is $121,900. The median age in Wausau is 38.9 years, 37.6 years for males, and 40.4 years for females. For every 100 females there are 98.4 males.

Wausau Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Wausau was:

  • White: 83.09%
  • Asian: 11.70%
  • Two or more races: 2.86%
  • Other race: 1.10%
  • Black or African American: 0.69%
  • Native American: 0.48%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.09%
The current population of Wausau, Wisconsin is 38,519, based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 38,603.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 39,106.

Wausau, Wisconsin Population 2020

2019 and 2020 population is estimated by projecting the raw 2018 numbers.

Year Total Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2020163,4761910.12%
2019163,2851910.12%
2018163,094-109-0.07%
2017163,2032680.16%
2016162,935-246-0.15%
2015163,181-60-0.04%
2014163,241520.03%
2013163,1893190.20%
2012162,870260.02%
2011162,844150.01%
2010162,8290.00%

Wausau Metro Area Population by Year

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White32,18483.09%
Asian4,53111.70%
Two or More Races1,1092.86%
Some Other Race4251.10%
Black or African American2670.69%
American Indian and Alaska Native1850.48%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander340.09%
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Wausau Population by Race

Wausau Population Pyramid 2020

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Wausau Median Age

38.9


Total

37.6


Male

40.4


Female

Wausau Adults

There are 30,197 adults, (6,703 of whom are seniors) in Wausau.

Wausau Age Dependency

64.9

Age Dependency Ratio

28.5

Old Age Dependency Ratio

36.3

Child Dependency Ratio

Wausau Sex Ratio

Female

19,527

50.41%

Male

19,208

49.59%

Wausau Population by Age

Wausau Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Wausau Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married80.2%19.8%
All58.1%41.9%
Female44%56%
Non Family42.6%57.4%
Male41.7%58.3%

58.1%

Rate of Home Ownership

Wausau Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All17,1132.258.1
Non Family7,5061.2342.6
Married7,0193.0180.2
Female1,8322.8344
Male7562.8341.7

2.88

Average Family Size

2.2

Average Household Size

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Wausau Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade1,0683.99%
9th to 12th Grade1,4165.30%
High School Graduate7,74028.95%
Some College5,46320.43%
Associates Degree3,30312.35%
Bachelors Degree5,22519.54%
Graduate Degree2,5219.43%
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Wausau Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Wausau Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Total High School Bachelors
White23,22421,6957,234
Asian2,4001,796410
Hispanic55734959
Multiple Races290253
Other Race1967823
Native American15011528
Black1429315
Islander22

The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 93.42%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among white people with a rate of 31.15%.

Wausau Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$34,724$39,878$30,358
Less Than High School$20,594$21,276$17,125
High School Grad$28,982$32,661$23,348
Some College$31,291$36,150$28,554
Bachelors Degree$44,826$55,906$40,728
Graduate Degree$60,434$77,419$50,863

$34,724

Average Earnings

$39,878

Average Male

$30,358

Average Female

Wausau Earnings by Educational Attainment

Wausau Language by Age

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Wausau Language

86.84% of Wausau residents speak only English, while 13.16% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Asian and Pacific Island languages, which is spoken by 8.86% of the population.

Wausau Language

Wausau Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White30,5543,66712.00%
Asian4,4681,19026.63%
Hispanic1,26348438.32%
Multiple1,06133731.76%
Other42523956.24%
Native1696739.64%
Black2326427.59%

15.25%

Overall Poverty Rate

13.93%

Male Poverty Rate

16.53%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Wausau

The race most likely to be in poverty in Wausau is Other, with 56.24% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Wausau is White, with 12.00% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 2.82%. Among those working part-time, it was 21.80%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 22.76%.

Wausau Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than High School36.07%
High School14.86%
Some College11.30%
Bachelors or Greater4.35%

Wausau Poverty Rate by Education

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Name Poverty
Female Unemployed64.58%
Male Unemployed58.39%
Female Employed8.90%
Male Employed5.05%

Wausau Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Wausau Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$46,824$68,876
Families$64,250$87,776
Married Families$76,701-
Non Families$32,021$42,480
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Income by Household Type

Wausau Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

46.9%

Overall Marriage Rate

48.1%

Male Marriage Rate

45.7%

Female Marriage Rate

Wausau Married by Age and Sex

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Wausau Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is 55-64, while the female age group most likely to be married is 55-64.

Wausau Marital Status by Race

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Wausau Marital Status

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2,559

Number of Veterans

2,249

Male Veterans

310

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam950
First Gulf War464
Second Gulf War371
Korea270
World War II110

Wausau Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
75+748
65 to 74692
35 to 54475
55 to 64448
18 to 34196

Wausau Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White2,3909.20%
Asian1093.59%
2 or More398.02%
Hispanic243.47%
Black156.49%
Indian63.24%

Wausau Veterans by Race

Wausau Veterans by Education

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7.73%

Veteran Poverty Rate

37.07%

Veteran Disability Rate

Wausau Veterans by Education

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65.2%

Labor Force Participation

62.6%

Employment Rate

4%

Unemployment Rate

Wausau Employment by Age

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Wausau Employment by Race

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Wausau Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

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Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

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74.15%

Born in Wisconsin

93.35%

Native Born

6.65%

Foreign Born

2.31%

Non Citizen

4.34%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

93.35% of Wausau residents were born in the United States, with 74.15% having been born in Wisconsin. 2.31% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Asia.

Wausau Place of Birth

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
202038,519-42-0.11%
201938,561-42-0.11%
201838,603-117-0.30%
201738,720-23-0.06%
201638,743-221-0.57%
201538,964-196-0.50%
201439,160-32-0.08%
201339,192450.11%
201239,147-7-0.02%
201139,154-32-0.08%
201039,1867600.20%
200038,4261,3660.36%
199037,0604,6341.34%
198032,426-380-0.12%
197032,8068630.27%
196031,9431,5290.49%
195030,4143,1461.10%
194027,2683,5101.39%
193023,7584,8072.29%
192018,9512,3911.36%
191016,5604,2062.97%
190012,3543,1012.93%
18909,2534,9768.02%
18804,2770.00%

Wausau Population by Year