River Falls, Wisconsin

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River Falls, Wisconsin

Introduction to River Falls, Wisconsin

River Falls, Wisconsin, in Pierce county, is 23 miles E of St. Paul, Minnesota. Part of the surrounding Minneapolis-Saint Paul metro area, River Falls is home to some 12,560 residents.

River Falls History

River Falls was founded by Joel Foster and his servant in 1848. It was originally known as Greenwood. In 1858, the city was renamed River Falls because there was already another Greenwood in Wisconsin. The Sioux and Chippewa Native Americans originally inhabited this area. C.B. Cox established the first flourmill in the area in 1850. The First Congregational church of River Falls was organized in 1855. Railroad services began in 1880, after the establishment of the River Falls Depot. The River Falls-Hudson line was opened in October 1878.

River Falls and nearby Attractions

  • Riverside Square Shopping Mall
  • Kinnickinnic State Park
  • Cathedral of Saint Paul
  • Willow River State Park
  • Minnesota Children's Museum
  • Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum

Things To Do In River Falls

The Minnesota Transportation Museum, the James Ford Bell Museum of Natural History, the Minnesota Children's Museum and the Science Museum of Minnesota are all accessible from River Falls. The Cathedral of Saint Paul, the Willow River State Park and the Afton State Park are all nearby as well. Local parks include the Tower Park, West Dale Park, Golf View Park, Hoffman Park, Mound Park and Glen Park. The Riverside Square Shopping Mall is the local shopping center.

River Falls Transportation

Minneapolis-St Paul International is the nearest major airport.

River Falls Higher Education

The University of Wisconsin-River Falls is the local university. Inver Hills Community College, Century Community and Technical College and Metropolitan State University are also nearby.

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High Points

River Falls strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Wisconsin):

Category Trophy
Walking and Biking to Work
(vs. Peers)
Top 3% trophy River Falls Walking and Biking to Work
Well-Paid Single Women
(vs. State)
Top 5% trophy River Falls Well-Paid Single Women
College Educated Adults
(vs. State)
Top 6% River Falls College Educated Adults
Median Family Income
(vs. State)
Top 16% River Falls Median Family Income

Comparative Profile of River Falls, Wisconsin

Comparing River Falls to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Wisconsin (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Female Share of the Population 10 10
Well-Paid Single Women 9 10
Well-Paid Single Men 5 4
Racial Diversity 2 7
Senior Citizens 2 1
Male Share of the Population 1 1
Children Under 5 Years Old 1 1
Age of the Population 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Average Household Size 5 6
Portion of People Married 2 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
College Educated Adults 9 10
Median Family Income 7 9
People in Middle Class or Better 5 4
People Above Poverty 3 1

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Walking and Biking to Work 10 10
Short Commute Times 6 5
Working at Home 6 5
Public Transportation Use 4 6


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 9 10
Housing Recently Built 8 9
People Living Alone 6 5
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 6 5
Affordability of Rents 5 3
Affordability of Property Taxes 3 3

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River Falls Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 23 miles E of St. Paul, Minnesota
County Pierce
Metro Area Minneapolis - Saint Paul
Standard Zip Codes 54022
Phone Area Codes 715
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 44.861
Longitude -92.623

River 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 0.9 miles
Jan Temp 1 to 22 F
Apr Temp 32 to 57 F
Jul Temp 58 to 83 F
Oct Temp 36 to 60 F
Annual Precip 30.5 inches
Distance 11.7 miles
Jan Temp 3 to 22 F
Apr Temp 34 to 57 F
Jul Temp 59 to 82 F
Oct Temp 37 to 59 F
Annual Precip 34.4 inches
Distance 15.6 miles
Jan Temp 5 to 23 F
Apr Temp 36 to 59 F
Jul Temp 63 to 85 F
Oct Temp 40 to 60 F
Annual Precip 33.6 inches
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River Falls Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 12,560 100%
Male 5,715 45.5%
Female 6,845 54.5%
Under 18 2,250 17.9%
18+ 10,310 82.1%
65+ 1,077 8.6%
Median Age 23.6
Average Family Size 2.98
White 12,129 96.6%
African-American 66 0.5%
Asian 128 1%
American Indian & Alaskan 45 0.4%
Other 40 0.3%
Mixed Race 141 1.1%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 119 0.9%

Estimated River Falls Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 13,254
Growth 694
Growth % 5.5%

River Falls Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
German 37.3%
Norwegian 17.3%
Swedish 7.1%
Irish 6.5%
English 4.2%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 4.2%
Polish 4.1%
Italian 2.7%
US/American 2.6%
French (except Basque) 2.5%
Czech 1.6%
French Canadian 1.3%
European 1.2%
Danish 1.1%
Dutch 1%
Scottish 0.7%
Scotch-Irish 0.7%
Scandinavian 0.5%
Austrian 0.5%
Czechoslovakian 0.4%
Welsh 0.4%
Iranian 0.3%
British 0.3%
Northern European 0.2%
Belgian 0.2%
Finnish 0.2%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Clifton (54022)
Kinnickinnic (54022)
Troy (54022)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
River Falls 12,560 $60,253
Ellsworth 2,909 $51,286
Hammond 1,153 $54,722
Hudson 8,775 $63,953
North Hudson 3,463 $70,938
Prescott 3,764 $60,237
Roberts 969 $47,857

River Falls Public Libraries

River Falls Public Library
River Falls, Wisconsin
(715) 425-0905

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River Falls Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
(715) 426-6155
Emergency Service: Yes

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