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Wausau, Wisconsin

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Located in: Marathon County (see below)

Pronunciation: WA-SAW   <1>

Time Zone: Wausau lies in the Central Time Zone (CST/CDT)

Telephone Area Codes: (534)<2>, (715)

Elevation: 1,300 feet [396.24 m] above sea level<3>

From the 2010 US Census     (For more detail, see our Census Page for Wausau)


2016:<4>     38,872   (0.6% decrease since 2010)  
2010:     39,106   (1.77% increase since 2000)
2000:     38,426

Total Area:<5>   20.04 sq. miles [51.9 km²]   - of which 6.31% is water (1.26 sq. miles [3.3 km²])

Housing Units:<6>   18,154

Websites for Wausau

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GPS Coordinates (Latitude/Longitude)<7>

For the purpose of mapping and calculating distances, we have chosen a reference point within Wausau. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 44.9616, Longitude: -89.6446     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Wausau have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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Lat:   44° 57' 41"
Lon:   -89° 38' 40"

Name of USGS Topo Map:<8>   Wausau West

Federal GNIS/FIPS Codes for Wausau

GNIS ID:   1584379
FIPS State / Place Code:   55 / 84475

(For more about Federal Codes, see our Misc Page for Wausau)

About Marathon County

The city of Wausau is the County Seat for Marathon County.

From the 2010 US Census     (For more detail, see our Census Page for Marathon)


2016:     135,603   (1.15% increase since 2010)  
2010:     134,063   (6.54% increase since 2000)
2000:     125,834

Total Area:   1,576 sq. miles [4,082.6 km²]   - of which 1.99% is water (31.33 sq. miles [81.1 km²])

Housing Units:   57,734

Official Website:

Federal GNIS/FIPS Codes for Marathon

GNIS ID:   1581096
FIPS State / County Code:   55 / 073

(For more about Federal Codes, see our Misc Page for Wausau)

About Wisconsin

From the US Census


2016:     5,778,708   (1.61% increase since 2010)  
2010:     5,686,986   (6.03% increase since 2000)
2000:     5,363,675

Websites for State of Wisconsin

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Federal GNIS/FIPS Codes for State of Wisconsin

GNIS ID:   1779806
FIPS State:   55

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<1>The pronunciation we've provided is our attempt to give a phonetic pronunciation. While it might not be exactly right, it should be close. If we have it wrong or there's a better way to pronounce the name, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

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<2>Area code (534) is an overlay for area code (715). For more about area code overlays, please see our Glossary for Wausau.

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<3>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Wausau - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.

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<4>Every year, the US Census Bureau creates a population estimate for the preceeding year. Keep in mind that this value is an estimate and not an actual count. The most recent Census estimate is for the year 2016.

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<5>The area value has been supplied by the US Census Bureau and it can be different than the geographic boundaries of Wausau. The value given by the Census Bureau reflects their statistical (or sampling) requirements. For example, if there is a cluster of people living just outside of the community's official boundary, the Census-defined area might be expanded to include that group.

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<6>A Housing Unit is a broad term for those places where people live (whether occupied or temporarily vacant), such as a house, an apartment, a mobile home, or an area that is considered as a separate living quarter. Separate living quarters (consisting of one or more rooms) are considered to be those places where people live, sleep and eat separately from others and that have access to the outside (either directly or by a shared hallway).

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<7>The longitude & latitude values may not be the geographic center of Wausau, rather it may be a prominent intersection or the center of population, etc. It will vary depending on the source.

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<8>The USGS 7.5 Minute topographic map which includes Wausau.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Wausau.