Introduction to Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin

Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, in Chippewa county, is 10 miles NE of Eau Claire, Wisconsin and 83 miles E of St. Paul, Minnesota. The city benefits from easy access to the nearby cities and towns that it shares the Eau Claire metropolitan area with. Chippewa Fall’s population is approximately 12,925.

Chippewa Falls History

Chippewa Falls is located on the Chippewa River. The area was officially incorporated as a city in 1869. It was named because of its location on the Chippewa River, which was named after the Ojibwa Native Americans. The early settlers misheard the word "Ojibwa," and interpreted it as "Chippewa." The community was initially a lumber town, but eventually became a railroad town. The West Wisconsin Railway constructed a line from St. Paul to Milwaukee, which passed through the area at Eau Claire in 1870.

Chippewa Falls and nearby Attractions

  • Lake Wissota State Park
  • James Newman Clark Bird Museum
  • Irvine Park
  • Brunet Island State Park
  • Chippewa Valley Museum
  • Paul Bunyan Logging Camp

Things To Do In Chippewa Falls

While in Chippewa Falls, one can visit nearby parks like the Hoffman Hills State Recreation Area, Lake Wissota State Park, Brunet Island State Park and Pine Point County Park. Local golf courses include the Lake Wissota Golf Club and the Timber Terrace Golf Course. The city hosts the Historic Preservation Celebration every May, the North Wisconsin State Fair every July, Pure Water Days every August and the June Dairy Days every June.

Chippewa Falls Transportation

Rochester International is the nearest major airport.

Chippewa Falls Higher Education

Winona State University, Western Wisconsin Technical College and Chippewa Valley Technical College are the nearby institutions of higher education.


Total Population 13,803
Male Share of the Population 52.3%
Female Share of the Population 47.7%
Senior Citizens 18.3%
Employed Population 16+ 5,880
Age of the Population 40


% of people married 43.9%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 21.1%
Median Earnings25+ $30,238
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $16,458
Median Earnings With High School Degree $26,369


Median Family Income $53,550
% Above Poverty Level 82.4%
% Below Poverty Level 17.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 19 minutes
% Working from Home 6.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 4.2%
% Using Public Transportation %


People Living Alone 43.6%
Median Gross Rent $625
Median House Value $116,600


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 10.2%
US/American 0.1%
English 5.6%
Irish 13%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2014, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Chippewa Falls Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 10 miles NE of Eau Claire, Wisconsin (center to center)
Nearest Large City 83 miles E of St. Paul, Minnesota
County Chippewa
Metro Area Eau Claire
Standard Zip Codes 54729
Company Zip Codes 54774
Phone Area Codes 715
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 44.936
Longitude -91.392

Chippewa Falls Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 6.6 miles
Jan Temp 3 to 21 F
Apr Temp 33 to 57 F
Jul Temp 60 to 83 F
Oct Temp 37 to 58 F
Annual Precip 32.1 inches
Distance 22.6 miles
Jan Temp -0 to 20 F
Apr Temp 31 to 54 F
Jul Temp 57 to 80 F
Oct Temp 34 to 56 F
Annual Precip 31.5 inches
Distance 24.1 miles
Jan Temp -2 to 22 F
Apr Temp 31 to 55 F
Jul Temp 57 to 81 F
Oct Temp 35 to 57 F
Annual Precip 31.7 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Chippewa Falls, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Bateman (54729)

Eagle Point (54729)

Hallie (54729)

Lafayette (54729)

Lake Hallie (54729)

Tilden (54729)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Altoona 6,940 $61,563
Bloomer 3,558 $65,905
Cadott 1,384 $52,750
Eau Claire 67,036 $65,891
Elk Mound 981 $55,673
Fall Creek 1,316 $60,208

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2014, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Chippewa Falls Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
2661 CTY HWY I
(715) 723-1811
Emergency Service: Yes

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