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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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Area Amenities

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.

What Will The Climate And Weather Be Like If I Retire In Rhinelander, Wisconsin?

For those of you that retire in Rhinelander, you will enjoy warm summers, a cool fall, a cold winter and a temperate spring!

Winter temperatures are cold with averages in the mid 10's and highs in the mid 20's. Nights are cold with lows in the mid 0's. Expect a lot of days below 0°. Expect some rainy days in the winter. Assume some snowy days in the Winter with a lot of days with snow remaining on the ground so you can enjoy some winter skiing!

If the weather in the spring is too cold for the outdoors, enjoy some indoor activities in Rhinelander such as a movie, a visit to a museum, dining, nightlife or some shopping. Spring temperatures are cold with averages in the low 40's and highs in the low 50's. Nights are cold with lows in the upper 20's. Expect some rainy days in the spring. Assume a few days of snow with a lot of days with snow remaining on the ground, perfect for some spring skiing!

Summertime in Rhinelander is a great time to enjoy your retirement with a day at the lake, an outdoor concert, a local festival or other outdoor activity! Summer temperatures are cool with averages in the mid 60's and highs in the mid 70's. Nights are cool with lows in the low 50's. Humidity may feel "sticky" with muggy evenings. Expect a lot of rainy days in the Summer.

If you retire in Rhinelander, you can look forward to fall weather activities such as biking on a bike path, hiking, enjoying a walking path and more! Fall temperatures are cold with averages in the low 40's and highs in the low 50's. Nights are cold with lows in the mid 30's. Expect a lot of rainy days in the Fall.

Monthly Temperature Ranges

 Month  Low  Avg  High
 Jan  2  12  22
 Feb  4  16  27
 Mar  15  26  37
 Apr  29  41  53
 May  41  53  65
 Jun  51  62  74
 Jul  55  67  78
 Aug  54  65  76
 Sep  45  56  67
 Oct  34  44  54
 Nov  22  30  38
 Dec  8  16  25

Monthly Average # of Hot and Cold Days

 Month  Days Greater Than 90 F°  Days Less Than 32 F°  Days Less Than 0 F°
 Jan  0  31  14
 Feb  0  28  11
 Mar  0  29  5
 Apr  0  19  0
 May  0  6  0
 Jun  0  0  0
 Jul  1  0  0
 Aug  0  0  0
 Sep  0  2  0
 Oct  0  15  0
 Nov  0  26  1
 Dec  0  31  9

Rain & Humidity

 Month  Rainfall  Rainy Days  Humidity
 Jan  1 "  9  8 %
 Feb  1 "  7  11 %
 Mar  2 "  8  18 %
 Apr  3 "  10  27 %
 May  3 "  11  40 %
 Jun  4 "  12  52 %
 Jul  4 "  11  57 %
 Aug  3 "  10  56 %
 Sep  4 "  12  49 %
 Oct  3 "  12  36 %
 Nov  2 "  10  25 %
 Dec  1 "  10  14 %


 Month  Snowfall  Snow On Ground Days  Snowy Days
 Jan  13 "  31  9
 Feb  10 "  28  6
 Mar  11 "  26  6
 Apr  5 "  8  3
 May  0 "  0  0
 Jun  0 "  0  0
 Jul  0 "  0  0
 Aug  0 "  0  0
 Sep  0 "  0  0
 Oct  2 "  1  1
 Nov  8 "  10  5
 Dec  15 "  28  9

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Cost of Living for Rhinelander, WI

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