Wausau, WI

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Population

38,934

0.521% decline

Poverty Rate

17.7%


Median Age

39.2


Median Household Income

$40,260

2.63% decline

Number of Employees

18,890

2.03% growth

Median Property Value

$114,000

1.15% growth

About

In 2017, Wausau, WI had a population of 38.9k people with a median age of 39.2 and a median household income of $40,260. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Wausau, WI declined from 39,138 to 38,934, a -0.521% decrease and its median household income declined from $41,349 to $40,260, a -2.63% decrease.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Wausau, WI are White (Non-Hispanic) (79.1%), Asian (Non-Hispanic) (12.4%), Two or More Races (Non-Hispanic) (3.14%), White (Hispanic) (2.45%), and Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (1.38%). N/A% of the people in Wausau, WI speak a non-English language, and 97.7% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Wausau, WI are Northcentral Technical College (2,311 degrees awarded in 2017) and State College of Beauty Culture Inc (41 degrees).

The median property value in Wausau, WI is $114,000, and the homeownership rate is 57.8%. Most people in Wausau, WI commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 15.5 minutes. The average car ownership in Wausau, WI is 2 cars per household.

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COVID-19

Total Confirmed Cases by Date

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Impact on Employment

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Community Mobility

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Economy

The economy of Wausau, WI employs 18.9k people. The largest industries in Wausau, WI are Health Care & Social Assistance (3,348 people), Manufacturing (3,348 people), and Retail Trade (2,724 people), and the highest paying industries are Finance & Insurance ($42,434), Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($42,100), and Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($41,042).

Median household income in Wausau, WI is $40,260. Males in Wausau, WI have an average income that is 1.33 times higher than the average income of females, which is $46,291. The income inequality in Wausau, WI (measured using the Gini index) is 0.453, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$40,260

2017 value

± $2,526

-2.63%

1 Year Growth

± 8.1%

Households in Wausau, WI have a median annual income of $40,260, which is less than the median annual income of $61,937 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $41,349 in 2016, which represents a -2.63% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$61,348

Average Male Salary

± $1,322

$46,291

Average Female Salary

± $998

In 2017, full-time male employees in Wisconsin made 1.33 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in Wisconsin by number of full-time employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. Asian

    $51,905 ± $6,236

  2. White

    $46,737 ± $788

  3. Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander

    $43,959 ± $36,574

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Wisconsin workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.11 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

This chart shows the race- and ethnicity-based wage disparities in the 5 most common occupations in Wisconsin by number of full-time employees.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Wausau, WI is from Wisconsin.

0.453

2017 Wage GINI

0.452

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Wisconsin was 0.453 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.212% growth from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even.

The 2017 the GINI for Wisconsin was lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Wisconsin in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in Wisconsin across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

  1. Census Tract 3

  2. Census Tract 2

  3. Census Tract 6.01

In 2017, the place with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Wausau, WI was Census Tract 3 with a value of $61,458, followed by Census Tract 2 and Census Tract 6.01, with respective values of $51,164 and $41,750.

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

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 18 - 24

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

17.7% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Wausau, WI (6.66k out of 37.7k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 13.1%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 18 - 24, followed by Females 25 - 34 and then Males 35 - 44.

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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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. White

    4,416 ± 440

  2. Asian

    1,373 ± 312

  3. Hispanic

    852 ± 201

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

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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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

18.9k

2017 Value

± 901

2.03%

1 Year growth

± 6.67%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Wausau, WI grew at a rate of 2.03%, from 18.5k employees to 18.9k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Wausau, WI, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (2,631 people), Sales & Related Occupations (2,163 people), and Production Occupations (1,939 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Wausau, WI.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Wausau, WI, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (2,631 people), Sales & Related Occupations (2,163 people), and Production Occupations (1,939 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Wausau, WI has an unusually high number of residents working as Material Moving Occupations (1.78 times higher than expected), Production Occupations (1.77 times), and Healthcare Support Occupations (1.57 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Wausau, WI, by median earnings, are Legal Occupations ($86,563), Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($64,310), and Management Occupations ($61,201).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

18.9k

2017 Value

± 901

2.03%

1 Year growth

± 6.67%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Wausau, WI grew at a rate of 2.03%, from 18.5k employees to 18.9k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Wausau, WI, are Health Care & Social Assistance (3,348 people), Manufacturing (3,348 people), and Retail Trade (2,724 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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Most Common

The most common industries in Wausau, WI, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (3,348 people), Manufacturing (3,348 people), and Retail Trade (2,724 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Wausau, WI has an unusually high number of Manufacturing (1.75 times higher than expected), Finance & Insurance (1.49 times), and Health Care & Social Assistance (1.28 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Wausau, WI, by median earnings, are Finance & Insurance ($42,434), Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($42,100), and Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($41,042).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Wisconsin to other states, or from other states to Wisconsin.

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $41.9B

  2. $30.3B

  3. $29.6B

In 2015, the top outbound Wisconsin product (by dollars) was Other foodstuffs with $41.9B, followed by Machinery ($30.3B) and Mixed freight ($29.6B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Wisconsin products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$356B

2020 Value

$493B

Projected 2045 Value

38.5% growth

In 2020, total outbound Wisconsin trade was $356B. This is expected to increase 38.5% to $493B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Wisconsin trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Wisconsin to other states, or from other states to Wisconsin.

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $31.3B

  2. $29.3B

  3. $11.1B

In 2015, the top outbound Wisconsin domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Illinois with $31.3B, followed by Minnesota with $29.3B and Michigan and $11.1B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Wisconsin shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Health

93.3% of the population of Wausau, WI has health coverage, with 46.4% on employee plans, 20% on Medicaid, 11.3% on Medicare, 13.8% on non-group plans, and 1.72% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the place of Wausau, WI was $8,702 in 2014. This is a 6.26% increase from the previous year ($8,189).

Primary care physicians in Wausau, WI see 1105 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.0906% increase from the previous year (1104 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1317 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 649 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Adams County and Menominee County have the highest prevalence of diabetes (13.1%). Additionally, Menominee County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (45.1%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,105 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Marathon County, WI see an average of 1,105 patients per year. This represents a 0.0906% increase from the previous year (1,104 patients).

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

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.

Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

The following map shows the prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost by state over multiple years.

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Health Care Spending

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$8,702

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$5,159

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$7,057

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$9,608

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Wisconsin (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 6.26%, from $8,189 to $8,702.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

6.74%

Uninsured

46.4%

Employer Coverage

20%

Medicaid

11.3%

Medicare

13.8%

Non-Group

1.72%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Wausau, WI declined by 5.58% from 7.14% to 6.74%.

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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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.

Most at risk counties

  1. 13.1% prevalence

  2. 13.1% prevalence

  3. 12.4% prevalence

Adams County and Menominee County have the highest prevalence of diabetes in Wisconsin, at 13.1%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in Wisconsin by county over multiple years.

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Diversity

Wausau, WI is home to a population of 38.9k people, from which 97.7% are citizens. As of 2017, 7.47% of Wausau, WI residents were born outside of the country (2.91k people).

In 2017, there were 6.38 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (30.8k people) in Wausau, WI than any other race or ethnicity. There were 4.83k Asian (Non-Hispanic) and 1.22k Two or More Races (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Age

Age by Nativity

39

Median Native-Born Age

± 1.4

42

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 3.6

In 2017, the median age of all people in Wausau, WI was 39.2. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 39, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 42. But people in Wausau, WI are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Wausau, WI residents was 39.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

7.47%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

2.91k people

7.3%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

2.86k people

As of 2017, 7.47% of Wausau, WI residents (2.91k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Wausau, WI was 7.3%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

The following chart shows the percentage of foreign-born residents in Wausau, WI compared to that of it's neighboring and parent geographies.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    89,715 ± 7,296 people

  2. India

    23,224 ± 3,734 people

  3. Laos

    17,104 ± 3,206 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Wisconsin was Mexico, the natal country of 89,715 Wisconsin residents, followed by India with 23,224 and Laos with 17,104.

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Citizenship

97.7%

2017 Citizenship

97.8%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 97.7% of Wausau, WI residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.2%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Wausau, WI was 97.8%, 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)

    30.8k ± 517

  2. Asian (Non-Hispanic)

    4.83k ± 376

  3. Two or More Races (Non-Hispanic)

    1.22k ± 245

In 2017, there were 6.38 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (30.8k people) in Wausau, WI than any other race or ethnicity. There were 4.83k Asian (Non-Hispanic) and 1.22k Two or More Races (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

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

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    910 ± 196

  2. Gulf War (1990s)

    332 ± 132

  3. Korea

    301 ± 99

Wausau, WI has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.74 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2017, universities in Wausau, WI awarded 2,352 degrees. The student population of Wausau, WI is skewed towards women, with 2,172 male students and 3,030 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Wausau, WI are White (2,010 and 85.5%), followed by Unknown (121 and 5.14%), Asian (110 and 4.68%), and Hispanic or Latino (47 and 2%).

The largest universities in Wausau, WI by number of degrees awarded are Northcentral Technical College (2,311 and 98.3%) and State College of Beauty Culture Inc (41 and 1.74%).

The most popular majors in Wausau, WI are Nursing Assistant & Patient Care Assistant (427 and 18.2%), Welding Technology (191 and 8.12%), and Operations Management & Supervision (135 and 5.74%).

The median tuition costs in Wausau, WI are $N/A for private four year colleges, and $N/A and $N/A respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 427 degrees awarded

  2. 154 degrees awarded

  3. 124 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for < 1 Year Postsecondary Certificate recipients in Wausau, WI was Nursing Assistant & Patient Care Assistant with 427 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a < 1 Year Postsecondary Certificate from schools in Wausau, WI according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 2,311 degrees awarded

  2. 41 degrees awarded

$N/A

Median In-State Public

$N/A

Median Private

In 2017, the Wausau, WI institution with the largest number of graduating students was Northcentral Technical College with 2,311 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

896

Degrees Awarded to Men

1,456

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2017, 896 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Wausau, WI, which is 0.615 times less than the 1,456 female students who received degrees in the same year.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    2,010 degrees awarded

  2. Unknown

    121 degrees awarded

  3. Asian

    110 degrees awarded

In 2017 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Wausau, WI were to White students. These 2,010 degrees mean that there were 16.6 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Unknown, with 121 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Wausau, WI was $114,000 in 2017, which is 0.496 times smaller than the national average of $229,700. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $112,700 to $114,000, a 1.15% increase. The homeownership rate in Wausau, WI is 57.8%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in Wausau, WI have an average commute time of 15.5 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Wausau, WI is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$114,000

2017 Median

± $3,998

$112,700

2016 Median

± $3,671

In 2017, the median property value in Wausau, WI grew to to $114,000 from the previous year's value of $112,700.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Wausau, WI compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Wausau, WI the largest share of households have a property value in the $100k - $125k range.

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Household Income

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$40,260

Median Household Income

± $2,526

17.2k

Number of Households

± 851

In 2017, the median household income of the 17.2k households in Wausau, WI declined from $40,260 from the previous year's value of $41,349.

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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Property Taxes

$3k+

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Wausau, WI 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.

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Rent vs Own

57.8%

2017 Homeownership

59%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 57.8% of the housing units in Wausau, WI were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 59%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is lower than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Wausau, WI compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Commute Time

15.5 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Wausau, WI have a shorter commute time (15.5 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 1.02% of the workforce in Wausau, WI have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    83.8%

  2. Carpooled

    8.03%

  3. Walked

    3.19%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Wausau, WI was Drove Alone (83.8%), followed by those who Carpooled (8.03%) and those who Walked (3.19%).

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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Transportation

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, followed by 1 car.

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