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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.

Demographics

People

Total Population15,152
Male Share of the Population43.3%
Female Share of the Population56.7%
Senior Citizens10.8%
Employed Population 16+8,329
Age of the Population25

Families

% of people married35.5%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher39.7%
Median Earnings25+$40,884
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$0
Median Earnings With High School Degree$35,455

Wealth

Median Family Income$76,272
% Above Poverty Level80.4%
% Below Poverty Level19.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time22 minutes
% Working from Home4.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work13%
% Using Public Transportation0.2%

Housing

People Living Alone28.7%
Median Gross Rent$821
Median House Value$174,600

Ancestry

Irish15.9%
Norwegian15.5%
Polish7.5%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)7.2%
English5.9%
Swedish5.4%
Italian3.3%
French Except Basque3%
Czech2.3%
Canadian2.2%
Danishn1.5%
Scottish1.2%
Dutch1%
Swiss0.8%
Finnish0.7%
Russian0.7%
Welsh0.6%
Lithuanian0.5%
Brazilian0.5%
Greek0.4%
Belgian0.3%
Austrian0.3%
Lebanese0.3%
Croatian0.3%
Arab0.3%
African0.3%
German0.2%
Ukrainian0.1%
US/American0.1%
Ethiopian0.1%
Slovak0.1%
Luxemburger0.1%
Romanian0.1%
Hungarian0.1%
Slovene0.1%
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River Falls Almanac

CategoryValue
County Pierce County
Standard Zip Codes54022
Phone Area Codes715
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude44.85
Approximate Longitude-92.62

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)

StationRIVER FALLS
Distance0.9 miles
Jan Temp1 to 22 F
Apr Temp32 to 57 F
Jul Temp58 to 83 F
Oct Temp36 to 60 F
Annual Precip30.5 inches
StationELLSWORTH 1 E
Distance11.7 miles
Jan Temp3 to 22 F
Apr Temp34 to 57 F
Jul Temp59 to 82 F
Oct Temp37 to 59 F
Annual Precip34.4 inches
StationSTILLWATER 1 SE
Distance15.6 miles
Jan Temp5 to 23 F
Apr Temp36 to 59 F
Jul Temp63 to 85 F
Oct Temp40 to 60 F
Annual Precip33.6 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Ellsworth3,222$64,375
Hammond2,006$73,171
Hudson13,367$80,594
North Hudson3,810$84,750
Prescott4,217$80,794
Roberts1,641$73,646

River Falls Public Libraries

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

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River Falls Hospitals

River Falls Area Hsptl
(Non-profit)
1629 E Division St
(715) 307-6135

River Falls Public Schools

Greenwood Elementary
982 E Division St
ZIP: 54022
(715) 425-1810
Primary
Total Enrollment 399
Meyer Middle
230 N 9th St
ZIP: 54022
(715) 425-1820
Middle
Total Enrollment 654
Renaissance Charter Academy
211 N Fremont St
ZIP: 54022
(715) 425-7687
High
Total Enrollment 35
River Falls 4 Children
852 E Division St
ZIP: 54022
(715) 425-1800
Primary
Total Enrollment 166
River Falls Eschool
852 E Division St
ZIP: 54022
(715) 425-1800
Other
Total Enrollment 1
River Falls High
818 Cemetery Rd
ZIP: 54022
(715) 425-1830
High
Total Enrollment 916
River Falls Public Montessori Academy
439 W Maple St, 211 N Fremont St
ZIP: 54022
(715) 425-7645
Primary
Total Enrollment 146
Rocky Branch Elementary
1415 Bartosh Ln
ZIP: 54022
(715) 425-1819
Primary
Total Enrollment 437
Westside Elementary
1007 W Pine St
ZIP: 54022
(715) 425-1815
Primary
Total Enrollment 466

River Falls Private Schools

Heartland Montessori School
N8226 945th St
ZIP: 54022
Elementary
Total Enrollment 11
St Bridget Parish School
135 E Division St
ZIP: 54022
Elementary
Total Enrollment 121
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