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Wausau, WI

Wausau business statistics
Employer establishments with 1-49 employees
3,396 3,516
Small business growth rate
8% 4.1%
State business tax climate ranking
(out of 50 states)
38 N/A
Percentage of population with bachelor's degree
(ages 25-34)
24.6% 23.5%
Violent crime
(rate per 100,000 inhabitants, 2007)
191.2 385.1
Property crime
(rate per 100,000 inhabitants, 2007)
1,776.6 3,395.2
Population growth
4% 4.93%
Per-capita income
$35,169 $31,933
Per-capita income growth
21% 23.6%
GDP (in millions)
$5,231 $4,952
GDP growth
21% 33%
Average hourly wage
17.83 $17.50
Housing foreclosure rate
(first half of 2009)
266 850
Median rent
(2009, for a 2-bedroom housing unit)
$666 $737
Housing price-to-income (HPI) ratio
(first quarter of 2009)
1.0% 1.8%
Long-term HPI ratio
(20-year average, 1984-2004)
1.39% 1.67%
HPI deviation from long-term average
8% 0.1%

All statistics are for the full Metropolitan Statistical Area. For a complete list of data sources, see "How we picked the Best Places."

From the November 2009 issue
Best Places Winners


Local smallbiz lenders

  • Associated Banc-Corp
  • U.S. Bank
  • Community Bancshares Of Wiscon
  • Marshall & Ilsley Corporation
  • Oconomowoc Bancshares
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Data partners

This package was produced in partnership with the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

Foreclosure data provided by RealtyTrac.

Housing price-to-income data provided by Moody's