Eau Claire 80 Exceptional
Eau Claire Livability #126 ranked city in Wisconsin#3,450 ranked city in the USARanks better than 88% of areas
A+ Eau Claire Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
C Eau Claire Cost of Living Cost of living is equal to Wisconsin
Eau Claire
973% less expensive than the US average
964% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Eau Claire cost of living
C- Eau Claire Crime Total crime is 69% higher than Wisconsin
Total crime
3,06631% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 3331% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
16%Year over year crime is up
Eau Claire crime
D+ Eau Claire Employment Household income is 17% lower than Wisconsin
Median household income
$45,40318% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$24,66017% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
4%21% lower than the US average
Eau Claire employment
C Eau Claire Housing Home value is 15% lower than Wisconsin
Median home value
$141,30023% lower than the US average
Median rent price
$75820% lower than the US average
Home ownership
54%16% lower than the US average
Eau Claire real estate or Eau Claire rentals
C- Eau Claire Schools HS graduation rate is 4% higher than Wisconsin
High school grad. rates
91%10% higher than the US average
School test scores
46%4% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
17:13% higher than the US average
Eau Claire K-12 schools
A+ Eau Claire User Ratings There are a total of 15 ratings in Eau Claire
Overall user rating
89% 15 total ratings
User reviews rating
100% 2 total reviews
User surveys rating
85% 13 total surveys
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      Living in Eau Claire, WI

      Eau Claire is a mid-sized city located in the state of Wisconsin. The city has a population of 67,654 people. If we look at the most recent Census, Eau Claire is known to have a predominantly White population. The next two most common races are Asian and Black. Eau Claire tends to attract a younger crowd, as the median age of 31 is far below the national average. 77% of the people in Eau Claire (over the age of 15) are married and 61% have kids under the age of eighteen. Knowing that, it’s safe to say that this area could be a great place for other families to lay down roots.

      Without the right tools, moving to any new city can be very stressful and challenging. Living in Eau Claire, Wisconsin could be a great experience for anyone who puts in the time to do the research required. With useful information like amenities, crime, cost of living, weather, employment and other key data points, finding the best places to live in Eau Claire and in the areas around Eau Claire is a much easier task.

      Eau Claire has a livability score of 75/100 and is ranked #112 in Wisconsin and #5,055 in the USA. Clearly, Eau Claire is doing something right, as this score ranks well above the average of most cities. If we probe a little deeper into each category within the livability score, we see that Eau Claire has higher than average rankings for the following: amenities (A+) and crime (B-). The bad news for Eau Claire, there are some categories for which it does not score well, this includes: weather (F).

      Based on the proximity of local amenities like grocery stores, restaurants, coffee shops, parks, librairies, etc., Eau Claire has received a higher than average score for its local amenities. If you’re planning on relocating and making this area your permanent home, it’s nice to know that there is an ample amount of amenities and things to do within walking distance or a short drive. Some of the notable things to do include: Chaos Water Park, Action City, and Carson Park.

      Assuming that Eau Claire meets all of your requirements, the next most important item to examine is the affordability of real estate in Eau Claire. Everything else becomes a lot less important if it turns out that home prices in Eau Claire are simply unattainable. Median real estate prices in Eau Claire come in at $141,300, which is 15.4% lower than the Wisconsin average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Eau Claire, the home price to income ratio is 3.1, which is 0% lower than the Wisconsin average. Year over year appreciation rates for homes in the Eau Claire area were 7.7% and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 5.4%. Why is this important? Knowing the appreciation rates for any area is a quick and easy way to determine if you will see a solid return on your investment.

      Eau Claire transportation information

      StatisticEau ClaireWisconsinNational
      Average one way commute17min22min26min
      Workers who drive to work78.0%80.7%76.4%
      Workers who carpool8.5%8.3%9.3%
      Workers who take public transit1.4%1.9%5.1%
      Workers who bicycle1.0%0.8%0.6%
      Workers who walk4.7%3.3%2.8%
      Working from home5.4%4.2%4.6%

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      Monthly costs include: fuel, maintenance, tires, insurance, license fees, taxes, depreciation, and financing.
      Source: The Eau Claire, WI data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).