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Rothschild, Wisconsin
Location of Rothschild in Marathon County, Wisconsin.
Location of Rothschild in Marathon County, Wisconsin.
Country  United States
State  Wisconsin
County Marathon
 • Total 6.91 sq mi (17.88 km2)
 • Land 6.53 sq mi (16.91 km2)
 • Water 0.38 sq mi (0.97 km2)
1,198 ft (365 m)
 • Total 5,269
 • Estimate 
 • Density 806.71/sq mi (311.49/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
Area code(s) 715 & 534
FIPS code 55-69725
GNIS feature ID 1572629
Village hall

Rothschild is a village in Marathon County, Wisconsin, United States. It is part of the Wausau, Wisconsin Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 5,269 at the 2010 census. Rothschild is the northern terminus of Interstate 39, which starts in Normal, Illinois.


Rothschild is located at 44°52′54″N 89°37′14″W / 44.88167°N 89.62056°W / 44.88167; -89.62056 (44.881718, -89.620670). According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 6.90 square miles (17.87 km2), of which, 6.53 square miles (16.91 km2) of it is land and 0.37 square miles (0.96 km2) is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1920 413
1930 499 20.8%
1940 812 62.7%
1950 1,425 75.5%
1960 2,550 78.9%
1970 3,141 23.2%
1980 3,338 6.3%
1990 3,310 −0.8%
2000 4,970 50.2%
2010 5,269 6.0%
Est. 2019 5,267 0.0%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 5,269 people, 2,199 households, and 1,465 families living in the village. The population density was 806.9 inhabitants per square mile (311.5/km2). There were 2,332 housing units at an average density of 357.1 per square mile (137.9/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 93.9% White, 0.5% African American, 0.3% Native American, 3.8% Asian, 0.2% from other races, and 1.3% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.2% of the population.

There were 2,199 households, of which 28.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.2% were married couples living together, 7.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.2% had a male householder with no wife present, and 33.4% were non-families. 27.8% of all households were made up of individuals, and 10.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.38 and the average family size was 2.90.

The median age in the village was 41.8 years. 22.4% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.1% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 25.1% were from 25 to 44; 29.2% were from 45 to 64; and 16.1% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the village was 49.4% male and 50.6% female.

Rothschild Area Branch Library

The library in Rothschild opened its doors in 1949 when the Rothschild Homemakers group worked with the county librarian to establish a branch library. First located in a small cloak room in the village hall, it soon moved upstairs to a larger area.

When a fire destroyed the village hall in 1968, the village constructed a new building for the library and village offices. In 1973 the Rothschild Branch Library became a branch of the newly formed Marathon County Public Library when the Wausau Public Library and Marathon County Library merged.

By 1998, the Village of Rothschild needed more office space and the library was in need of expansion. This led to the construction of a new library/village hall complex completed in March 1999. The Schofield and Rothschild Branch Libraries were merged to form a larger branch library that had more open hours and a larger collection.


Wausau Homes Inc and Wausau Tile have their headquarters in Rothschild.

One of the larger employers in Rothschild is the Domtar Paper Mill. The mill was originally built between 1909 and 1910 by a group of local lumber barons. The mill produced its first reel of paper in 1910 and was incorporated under the name Marathon Paper Mills. At that time, the area that was to become Rothschild was still considered the Town of Weston. However, the company built and maintained several homes, a community hall, boarding house and general store. As the mill town grew around the paper mill, the area soon became incorporated as the village of Rothschild.

The paper mill has seen many upgrades over the years as well as changes in ownership. In the 1950s, the American Can Company purchased Marathon Corporation. In 1973, Weyerhaeuser purchased a large portion of the mill from American Can. Then again, in the 2000s, Domtar purchased the mill from Weyerhaeuser.

At its heyday in the early 1970s, the mill employed over 1,000 workers, operating four paper machines. Today, only one machine remains in operation.



The Central Wisconsin Airport (KCWA) serves Rothschild, the county and surrounding communities with both scheduled commercial jet service and general aviation services.

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