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 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 Population13,868
Male Share of the Population50.8%
Female Share of the Population49.2%
Senior Citizens18.7%
Employed Population 16+6,103
Age of the Population41


% of people married44.5%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher20.5%
Median Earnings25+$30,429
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$8,917
Median Earnings With High School Degree$26,479


Median Family Income$55,048
% Above Poverty Level84.6%
% Below Poverty Level15.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time20 minutes
% Working from Home5.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work4.5%
% Using Public Transportation%


People Living Alone42.1%
Median Gross Rent$649
Median House Value$116,400


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)10.4%

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

Chippewa Falls Almanac

Nearest Medium City 10 miles NE of Eau Claire, Wisconsin (center to center)
Nearest Large City83 miles E of St. Paul, Minnesota
Metro AreaEau Claire
Standard Zip Codes54729
Company Zip Codes54774
Phone Area Codes715
Time ZoneCentral (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight SavingsThe city observes Daylight Saving Time.

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)

Distance6.6 miles
Jan Temp3 to 21 F
Apr Temp33 to 57 F
Jul Temp60 to 83 F
Oct Temp37 to 58 F
Annual Precip32.1 inches
Distance22.6 miles
Jan Temp-0 to 20 F
Apr Temp31 to 54 F
Jul Temp57 to 80 F
Oct Temp34 to 56 F
Annual Precip31.5 inches
Distance24.1 miles
Jan Temp-2 to 22 F
Apr Temp31 to 55 F
Jul Temp57 to 81 F
Oct Temp35 to 57 F
Annual Precip31.7 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

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Eau Claire67,385$65,565
Elk Mound1,062$56,597
Fall Creek1,321$63,125

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, 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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Serves 1,476 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.5

PO BOX 340
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