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Quality of Life

Eau Claire residents, no matter their background or current life-state, have something in common: high quality of life. The combined factors of a strong community, distinguished industries, low cost of living, and abundant green aspects, make Eau Claire an all-around outstanding place to live. To learn more about the quality of life in Eau Claire, follow the link to Discover Wisconsin’s feature piece on Eau Claire: Click Here.

  • People -The driving force behind making Eau Claire such an exceptionally wonderful place to live
  • Events, Entertainment, and a Creative Community -Eau Claire is a place that is in constant motion. Whether you are looking for an art crawl, a downtown festival, or a concert in the park, Eau Claire has it all.
  • Education -Nationally recognized with strong commitments from our professors, teachers, and administrators
  • Health Care -Each of our four renowned healthcare institutes offer excellent practices, superior patient care, and state of the art technology
  • Crime -A very low crime rate helps Eau Claire residents feel safe and secure
  • Cost of Living -Consistently ranked below the state and national average
  • Housing -A variety of affordable housing options, from urban living to wide open fields
  • Shopping -From unique local shops to a regional retail shopping mall, Eau Claire is sure to have what you’re looking for
  • Getting Around -Whether you prefer to walk, bike, ride, or drive, Eau Claire has safe and convenient options that will get you where you need to go
  • Public Places -You cannot go far in Eau Claire without noticing a beautiful park to stroll through, waterfront to play at, or a historic building to tour
  • Going Green -Eau Claire is a place that embodies sustainability

Eau Claire Awards


Eau Claire - An All-America City Award Winner

Out of 25 cities nominated nationwide, Eau Claire was selected as one of ten All-America City Award winners for 2014, the country’s most prestigious award for outstanding, community based civic accomplishments. This year the National Civic League focused on the theme ‘Healthy Communities.’ Winners were selected for having demonstrated “innovation, civic engagement, and cross-sector collaboration” in meeting the challenges facing their community.

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Eau Claire Ranks #4 in Work-Life Balance

According to a Forbes report, the national, personal finance site NerdWallet has ranked Eau Claire as the fourth-best city for Work-Life Balance in 2014. Weekly hours worked by full-time, year-round workers in the 536 largest cities across the country, along with commute time, income, and cost of living were used to determine the cities that offer employees the best chance to achieve healthy work-life balance.

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US News Ranks UW-Eau Claire among Top Five Public Universities in the Midwest

The 2012 edition of "America's Best Colleges" ranks UW-Eau Claire #5 among the top regional public universities in the Midwest and 32nd among all private and public institutions in the Midwest. The U.S. News and World Report have ranked UW-Eau Claire among the top public institutions in the Midwest every year since 1995.

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Eau Claire Recognized as a Leading Location for Economic and Job Growth

Area Development, an executive publication covering site-selection, facility planning, and relocation, recently ranked Eau Claire 61st out of 365 Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSA) in the United States for Economic and Job Growth.

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Eau Claire Named one of the Best Places to Retire

In a recent article by Yahoo Finance, Eau Claire was named in the top ten cities to retire on $100 a day. The list, compiled by AARP Magazine, focused on areas where retirees could live comfortably and affordably on a budget. Eau Claire's low cost of living, easy access to high-quality healthcare, recreational opportunities and cultural events make Eau Claire one of the Best Places to Retire.

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Forbes Recognizes Eau Claire as one of the Best Small Places for Business and Careers

Forbes recently released its annual Best Places for Business and Careers, naming Eau Claire 66th out of 184 "Small Places" with a population under 250,000. In the "Small Place" category, Eau Claire ranked 101st in Cost of Business, 93rd in Job Growth, and 48th in Education.

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Eau Claire ranks 23rd of America’s Brainiest Cities.

A study used a new metric developed by Lumos Labs, and is based on brain performance and cognitive capacity. To measure the smartest cities, scientists tracked over a million individuals and rated them in five areas: memory, processing speed, flexibility, attention, and problem solving. The information was then linked with education attainment, knowledge, and creative work.

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Kiplinger.com names Eau Claire 7th Best City for Cheapskates!

This means your dollar will stretch a lot further in Eau Claire compared to other cities. The study looked at metropolitan areas where the cost of living is low, but incomes levels are high relative to those costs. Kiplinger also considered the amount of free (or almost free) things to do that the area has to offer, siting the Chippewa River Trail System and Lake Wissota specifically.


Eau Claire Well Above Average in State Comparison

Eau Claire County ranked 19th overall for 2012 Wisconsin County health rankings according to the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Eau Claire performed particularly well in its clinical care and socioeconomic factors, ranking 5th and 12th respectively, among 72 total counties.

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