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Marathon City, Wisconsin
Downtown Marathon City on Wisconsin Highway 107
Downtown Marathon City on Wisconsin Highway 107
The Village on the Hill
Location of Marathon City in Marathon County, Wisconsin.
Location of Marathon City in Marathon County, Wisconsin.
Country  United States
State  Wisconsin
County Marathon
 • Total 3.17 sq mi (8.21 km2)
 • Land 3.15 sq mi (8.16 km2)
 • Water 0.02 sq mi (0.04 km2)
1,286 ft (392 m)
 • Total 1,524
 • Estimate 
 • Density 478.43/sq mi (184.71/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
Area code(s) 715 & 534
FIPS code 55-49100
GNIS feature ID 1569014
Marathon City Hall

Marathon City is a village in Marathon County, Wisconsin, United States. It is part of the Wausau, Wisconsin Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 1,524 at the 2010 census. The village was incorporated from a part of the original area of the town of Marathon. The village dates back to 1856. The name of the village commemorates the Battle of Marathon.


Overview and sign

Marathon City is located at 44°55′48″N 89°50′22″W / 44.93000°N 89.83944°W / 44.93000; -89.83944 (44.929882, -89.839524).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 2.42 square miles (6.27 km2), of which, 2.41 square miles (6.24 km2) of it is land and 0.01 square miles (0.03 km2) is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 258
1900 528 104.7%
1910 656 24.2%
1920 670 2.1%
1930 808 20.6%
1940 823 1.9%
1950 853 3.6%
1960 1,022 19.8%
1970 1,214 18.8%
1980 1,552 27.8%
1990 1,606 3.5%
2000 1,640 2.1%
2010 1,524 −7.1%
Est. 2019 1,508 −1.0%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 1,524 people, 638 households, and 447 families living in the village. The population density was 632.4 inhabitants per square mile (244.2/km2). There were 680 housing units at an average density of 282.2 per square mile (109.0/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 96.9% White, 0.1% African American, 0.1% Native American, 1.3% Asian, 1.2% from other races, and 0.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.8% of the population.

There were 638 households, of which 31.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.0% were married couples living together, 9.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.0% had a male householder with no wife present, and 29.9% were non-families. 27.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 14.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.39 and the average family size was 2.84.

The median age in the village was 43.2 years. 23.2% of residents were under the age of 18; 5.9% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 23.5% were from 25 to 44; 29.5% were from 45 to 64; and 17.8% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the village was 47.9% male and 52.1% female.

Marathon City Branch Library

Prior to the 1950s a lending library was maintained at Friendship House. Friendship House, operated by a religious order, was located just to the east of the village. The Marathon City Library began in 1954 in a space at the Marathon High School. In 1973, the Marathon City Library became a Branch of the Marathon County Public Library when the Wausau Public Library and Marathon County Library merged.

By 1975, the library was relocated to the village hall, and later moved to a storefront location on Main Street. Construction of a new village hall in 1985 included the branch library, where it resided until 2010.

In late 2009, after it was decided more space was needed, a referendum allowed the village to construct a separate library building on Washington Street, which was completed in September 2010.

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