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Overview

Introduction to River Falls, Wisconsin

River Falls, Wisconsin, in Pierce county, is 23 miles E of St. Paul, Minnesota. It is part of the surrounding Minneapolis-Saint Paul metro area.

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.

People

Total Population 15,103
Male Share of the Population 44.3%
Female Share of the Population 55.7%
Senior Citizens 10.2%
Employed Population 16+ 8,078
Age of the Population 25

Families

% of people married 35.8%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 39.1%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $72,538
% Above Poverty Level 79.3%
% Below Poverty Level 20.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 23 minutes
% Working from Home 3.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 13.1%
% Using Public Transportation 0.2%

Housing

People Living Alone 29.3%
Median Gross Rent $769
Median House Value $172,400

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 7.6%
US/American 0.1%
English 7.3%
Irish 16.6%

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

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

Notes:

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

Station RIVER FALLS
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
Station ELLSWORTH 1 E
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
Station STILLWATER 1 SE
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

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 Population Median Family Income
Ellsworth 3,227 $65,603
Hammond 2,015 $67,986
Hudson 13,194 $77,912
North Hudson 3,807 $92,611
Prescott 4,212 $79,423
Roberts 1,645 $73,375

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

River Falls Public Libraries

Library
River Falls Public Library
140 UNION ST.
River Falls, Wisconsin
(715) 425-0905

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River Falls Hospitals

RIVER FALLS AREA HSPTL
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
1629 E DIVISION ST
(715) 426-6155
Emergency Service: Yes

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River Falls High Schools

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211 N FREEMONT ST
715-425-1800
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A Charter School.
Serves 73 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.8

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