The Village of Marathon City is a picturesque hillside community located along the banks of the Rib River in Marathon County, Wisconsin, about 10 miles west of Wausau. While the village was first incorporated in 1884, the area was settled by German immigrants beginning in 1857. Historians believe that French missionaries and fur traders were the first Europeans to visit the area, navigating the Rib River during the late 1600’s.
The 2020 U.S. Census reports Marathon City had 1,574 residents showing growth of fifty residents since the 2010 Census.
|By Age –||Under 18 years||23.2%||23.6%|
|18 to 40 years||22.5%||28.3%|
|40 to 62 years||32.4%||31.3%|
|over 62 years||21.9%||16.8%|
|Median Age||42.7 years||37.3 years|
|Housing –||Owner Occupied||76.8%||68.1%|
|Without a Mortgage||46.4%||32.0%|
|Education –||HS Graduate or higher (18 & older)||91.4%||89.6%|
|Bachelor’s Degree or higher (25 & older)||20.9%||26.3%|
|Employment –||Population in Labor Force (16 & older)||73.1%||68.3%|
|Unemployed (% of labor force)||2.8%||8.9%|
|Occupation –||Management, Business, Science, Arts||25.9%||33.6%|
|Sales and Office Occupations||26.0%||24.3%|
|Construction and Maintenance||10.0%||8.4%|
|Production and Transportation||26.4%||16.6%|
|Annual Income –||Median Household||$59,028||$49,001|
Unlike many communities of its size, Marathon City is an employment center for the surrounding area. The number of people employed by our businesses is greater than the number of people who live in the village. Some of these businesses package cheese products, manufacture hardwood building materials, mine and manufacture concrete and masonry products, and recycle and reprocess paper, film and adhesive products. Most of the village’s largest employers were founded, and are still owned, by local entrepreneurs and their families.
The village’s highway connections to the rest of Wisconsin are State Routes 29 and 107. Cities such as Green Bay (105 miles), Madison (140 miles), Minneapolis (175 miles), Milwaukee (190 miles) and Chicago (275 miles) are all easy drives by multi-lane expressways and interstate highways. Air service is provided at the nearby Central Wisconsin Airport (15 miles away) by several airlines that maintain a regular schedule of jet flights to Chicago, Detroit and Minneapolis, with connections to anywhere in the world.
In addition to its excellent public and private elementary schools and a top performing public high school, several higher education facilities are located less than a half-hour drive from the village. Northcentral Technical College offer associates degree and certificate programs in a number of career areas. The University of Wisconsin – Marathon County campus offers a full range of classes that allow students to complete their first two-years of degree requirements close to home and then transfer to almost any 4-year college or university. Globe University, Rasmussen College and Upper Iowa University also have centers a short drive away offering degree programs for the non-traditional student.
Marathon City has several private health care providers offering chiropractic, dental, vision, and primary medical care. Two hospitals, Aspirus Wausau and Ascension St. Clare’s, several clinics offering a full range of medical and surgical specialists and a variety of other health care providers are less than a half-hour away. In addition, the main campus of the Marshfield Clinic, one of the largest private medical practices and research clinics in the Midwest, is located less than a 45 minute drive away.
Recreation and Culture
The residents of Marathon City have many opportunities for recreation and cultural enjoyment. While baseball and softball occupy the village’s Veterans Park during much of the summer, during Labor Day weekend it hosts the annual Fun Days celebration with its parade, live music, carnival and games. Outdoor recreation opportunities, from hunting and fishing, to biking, hiking and snowmobiling, are available on public lands, trails and waterways throughout the area. Or, you might choose to relax and read a book at the new Marathon City Branch Library. Right next door, the Goldbach Swim Center provides year around swimming for adults and youth. Or, you could workout at the Marathon High School Wellness Center, with a full complement of exercise equipment for adult use throughout the year. Or, you may wish to take a reflective walk through the grounds of the St. Anthony Spirituality Center. During the winter, you could ski down some of the 72 runs at Granite Peak or traverse some of the 18 miles of groomed cross-country ski trails in the Nine Mile County Forest. Both of these facilities are just a few miles outside of the village limits. During the summer, several challenging golf courses are open to the public and are only a short drive away. Throughout the year, there are many live music events, art shows, festivals and fairs all around the area for village residents to enjoy.