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Area Description

Rhinelander is home to approximately 8,000 residents. The community possesses a strong commercial and industrial base and serves as the economic hub for northern Wisconsin and Upper Michigan, servicing a regional population of approximately 200,000. During the peak summer vacation months, that population increases to nearly 750,000.

The City of Rhinelander was founded in 1882, and is located at the confluence of the Wisconsin and Pelican Rivers. The community’s history is steeped in logging and has evolved to embrace a number of thriving business sectors, including medical, paper-making, packaging, defense contractors and national research facilities.

The Rhinelander Area is a year-round outdoor playground with 232 lakes within 15 minutes of Downtown Rhinelander. Whether you boat or fish, hike or bike, snowmobile or cross-country ski, Rhinelander Area residents enjoy solitude, spectacular fall colors, exceptional winter trails and lush summers.

Includes Cities/Towns: Gleason, Harshaw, Lake Tomahawk, Pelican Lake, Rhinelander.

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Things to Do, Recreation & Fitness

   There’s so much to do in Rhinelander, from going on a horseback ride to visiting a museum to learn about local history. Take a sunset cruise on the Wisconsin River. Visit an incredible globe-style planetarium. After a day of shopping and enjoying great restaurants, head to the theater to catch a movie. Or, go bowling. The great mix of indoor and outdoor activities means you’ll find something fun to do, no matter the weather. Choose from a long list of things to do on a rainy day or any day in the Rhinelander Area.

Cultural Activities

Rhinelander is home to multiple historical museums and societies, a community art center, multiple live music venues, and a community college that regularly hosts traveling art exhibits, theater and musical performances, and conducts continuing education. Rhinelander is also home to the School of the Arts - a University of Wisconsin program each summer that provides opportunities to hone your art, writing, performance, poetry, sculpture, and other creative skills.

Public transportation

Immediate access to Rhinelander/Oneida County airport, with regular daily flights to and from Minneapolis/St. Paul. Also 1hr away from Central Wisconsin Airport, which provides additional daily flight access to Minneapolis, Chicago, and Milwaukee. Taxi services operate throughout the city and the county.

Medical Facilities

Rhinelander has 2 major medical facilities - Ministry St. Mary's hospital and Aspirus Family Clinic. Rhinelander provides the most extensive healthcare options in the Northwoods with ambulatory, in-home, rehabilitative, and hospice services. It is also home to the YMCA of the Northwoods wellness center and multiple assisted living housing complexes.


Monthly Temperatures / Rain / Snow

 Month  Low  Avg  High  Rain  Snow
 Jan  -1.3  9.8  20.9  1.2 "  13.3 "
 Feb  2.7  15.1  27.4  0.9 "  10.1 "
 Mar  14.2  26.1  37.9  1.7 "  11.1 "
 Apr  27.7  40.0  52.4  2.4 "  5.1 "
 May  40.0  53.4  66.8  3.3 "  0.4 "
 Jun  49.6  62.0  74.3  3.8 "  0.0 "
 Jul  54.5  66.4  78.4  4.0 "  0.0 "
 Aug  52.5  64.2  76.0  4.3 "  0.0 "
 Sep  43.8  55.2  66.7  4.1 "  0.0 "
 Oct  33.4  44.0  54.5  2.6 "  1.7 "
 Nov  21.1  29.5  37.8  2.2 "  7.7 "
 Dec  6.4  15.7  25.1  1.3 "  14.6 "

4 season climate with mild summers, temperate falls and springs, and deep winters.

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Cost of Living for Rhinelander, WI

Rhinelander, Wisconsin cost of living for Housing, Healthcare, Transportation, Taxes, Utilities, etc.:

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Senior Assistance in Rhinelander, WI

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