Written by Randy Fifrick
You may know that the village of Kronenwetter is located approximately 8 miles south of the city of Wausau in Marathon County.
But you might be surprised to learn these 5 fun facts about Kronenwetter — the third largest community in the county…
- Kronenwetter is consistently ranked as ONE OF THE SAFEST MUNICIPALITIES in Wisconsin.
HomeSnacks, a data analytics group based in Durham, NC, ranked Kronenwetter as the fourth safest municipality in Wisconsin for 2017. This is the fifth straight year that Kronenwetter has ranked in the top 15 Wisconsin communities for safety. The ranking is based on FBI crime data and highlights the village’s dedicated police officers and first responders, who do a great job serving our community. (Read more about HomeSnacks’ 10 safest cities in Wisconsin for 2017 here.) In addition, the village of Kronenwetter was named one of the top 20 safest cities in Wisconsin for 2017 by SafeWise.com. (See SafeWise’s 2017 report findings here.)
2. The MEDIAN AGE OF RESIDENTS IS 37.3 YEARS of age, which is 5 years younger than the state average.
Kronenwetter is the residential hub to many of the area’s young professionals. The village offers a tremendous variety of housing options and is particularly strong in the $130,000 to $180,000 single-family–home market that appeals to young, growing families. The first thing buyers find when they shop the Kronenwetter residential market is the larger lot sizes. With lots starting at approximately one-half acre in size, our residents have plenty of room to stretch their legs in their own backyards.
3. Kronenwetter ORGANIZES A NUMBER OF COMMUNITY EVENTS throughout the year.
We offer events ranging from a garage sale weekend to a weekly farmer’s market to our Movies Under the Stars series — and much more. Additionally, the village offers 7 parks and 2 county forest units for endless recreational opportunities for residents and visitors to enjoy. The village of Kronenwetter is committed to growing our community into a vibrant place to live, work, and play.
4. Kronenwetter is not only THE LARGEST VILLAGE BY LAND AREA in Wisconsin (at just over 52 square miles), but also in the entire United States.
The urbanized, residential neighborhoods of Kronenwetter’s northwest slowly transform into the rural beauty of the village’s forests and agricultural land. Kronenwetter is bordered on the west by the Wisconsin River, split north and south by Interstate 39 / Highway 51, and surrounded to the east by over 10,000 acres of county forest land, including the Kronenwetter Forest Unit.
5. Kronenwetter consistently has THE LOWEST AVERAGE TAX RATE in the metro area for incorporated municipalities.
This contributes to the village’s tremendous residential growth. The population of Kronenwetter has grown from 5,369 in 2000 to 7,619 in 2016. This 41% increase makes Kronenwetter one of the fastest growing communities in Central Wisconsin. In 2016, the village issued 54 new single-family home permits, and the village is on pace to exceed that this year with over 40 new single-family home permits already issued.
Overall, what distinguishes Kronenwetter from our neighbors is our large land size, which translates into large lot sizes, green space, and tremendous growth opportunities. We’re a safe community with vibrant recreational opportunities and community events.
We’re really proud of our community and these achievements, and we look forward to continued growth and to welcoming even more new residents!
Community Development Director | Village of Kronenwetter
Marathon County Board Supervisor | District 15
Randy Fifrick joined the Village of Kronenwetter in 2010 as the village’s first-ever Community Development Director / Zoning Administrator. In this role, he leads the economic development, planning, zoning, community events, forestry, building inspection, and marketing efforts for the village. In the spring of 2016, Randy took his commitment to community service a step further and was successful in winning a write-in campaign to become the Marathon County Board Supervisor for District 15. In his free time, you will likely find Randy somewhere outside, whether it be fishing, hunting, playing sports, or simply enjoying the outdoors. Email Randy Fifrick.
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