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Overview

Introduction to Eau Claire, Wisconsin

Eau Claire is located in Eau Claire County and situated in the west-central portion of Wisconsin. The name Eau Claire comes from the original French name "Eaux Claires" which translates to "Clear Waters" which was the description of the Eau Claire River by French pioneers. The city is about 90 miles away from Minneapolis and St. Paul. The terrain features steep slopes located in the eastern as well as the southern portion of Eau Claire.

History

Eau Claire was established close to the convergence of the Eau Claire River and the Chippewa River as three settlements. In 1872 the city was incorporated. The main portion of downtown Eau Claire is situated on the site of the old village of Eau Claire. The city was a thriving lumber town during the 1800's and the lumber business was the primary factor for the growth of the city. After the timber was depleted, Eau Claire became known for agriculture and industry.

Transportation

Air flights are available at the Chippewa Valley Regional Airport. Eau Claire is served by the Eau Claire Transit bus lines.

Recreation

The city is home to several spacious parks including Putnam Park. Riverview Park is a popular swimming location. The trails which follow the Chippewa River and the Eau Claire River provide excellent views and hiking and bicycle riding opportunities. Eau Claire also has a collection of golf courses. In the summertime Eau Claire provides popular rock as well as country music festivals. During the winter outdoor enthusiasts are provided with groomed cross-country skiing trails.

Historical Sites

Eau Claire is home to Carson Park which includes:

  • Chippewa Valley Museum
  • Paul Bunyan Logging Camp
  • The Hank Aaron Memorial
  • Chippewa Valley Railroad
  • Anderson Log House
  • Sunnyview One-Room School
  • Historic Schlegelmilch House

Higher Education

The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire is a prominent college in the midwest. The university is comprised of the College of Business, the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Education and Human Sciences.

The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire provides the residents and tourists with music and dance events along with theatrical productions. The university also makes available to the public,the James Newman Clark Bird Museum, the Fanny Hill Dinner Theatre, Chippewa Valley Symphony, The Phillips Science Hall Greenhouse and L.E. Phillips Planetarium.

People

Total Population 67,385
Male Share of the Population 48.5%
Female Share of the Population 51.5%
Senior Citizens 12.3%
Employed Population 16+ 36,562
Age of the Population 31

Families

% of people married 39.3%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 32.4%
Median Earnings25+ $31,240
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $18,899
Median Earnings With High School Degree $24,508

Wealth

Median Family Income $65,565
% Above Poverty Level 81.3%
% Below Poverty Level 18.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 17 minutes
% Working from Home 5.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 5.6%
% Using Public Transportation 1.6%

Housing

People Living Alone 34.4%
Median Gross Rent $745
Median House Value $139,900

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 12%
US/American 0%
English 5.9%
Irish 11.5%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Eau Claire Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 78 miles E of St. Paul, Minnesota
County Eau Claire
Metro Area Eau Claire
Standard Zip Codes 54701, 54703
P.O. Box Zip Codes 54702
Phone Area Codes 715
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 44.811
Longitude -91.498

Eau Claire Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

Station EAU CLAIRE RGNL AP
Distance 3.9 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
Station MONDOVI
Distance 19.2 miles
Jan Temp 4 to 24 F
Apr Temp 35 to 60 F
Jul Temp 61 to 84 F
Oct Temp 38 to 61 F
Annual Precip 33.5 inches
Station MENOMONIE
Distance 21.9 miles
Jan Temp 4 to 24 F
Apr Temp 34 to 58 F
Jul Temp 60 to 82 F
Oct Temp 38 to 60 F
Annual Precip 30.5 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Caryville (54701)

Hallie (54703)

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 7,053 $72,961
Chippewa Falls 13,868 $55,048
Colfax 1,154 $46,563
Eleva 761 $52,143
Elk Mound 1,062 $56,597
Fall Creek 1,321 $63,125

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Eau Claire Public Libraries

Library
L.e. Phillips Memorial Public Library
400 EAU CLAIRE ST.
Eau Claire, Wisconsin
(715) 839-5004
Library Web Site

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Eau Claire Hospitals

OAK LEAF SURGCL HSPTL
(Proprietary)
3802 OAKWOOD MALL DR
(715) 831-8130
Emergency Service: No

SACRED HEART HSPTL
(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
900 W CLAIREMONT AVE
(715) 839-4121
Emergency Service: Yes

LUTHER HOSPITAL MAYO HEALTH SYSTEM
(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
1221 WHIPPLE ST
(715) 838-3311
Emergency Service: Yes

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Eau Claire High Schools

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MEMORIAL HI
2225 KEITH ST
715-839-1500
Serves 1,797 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.1

NORTH HI
1801 PIEDMONT RD
715-839-6227
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 1,581 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.8

TECHNOLOGY CHARTER SCH
2225 KEITH ST
715-833-3403
A Non-traditional School
A Charter School.
Serves 193 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 62.3

MCKINLEY CHARTER SCHOOL
1266 MCKINLEY RD
715-839-2831
A Non-traditional School
A Charter School.
Serves 120 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20

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Eau Claire (general view of city) between 1880 and 1899

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Eau Claire (general view of city) between 1880 and 1899

Eau Claire from the railroad bridge. between 1880 and 1899

Eau Claire (railroad bridge and mills) between 1880 and 1899

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