About Eau Claire

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Community Profile

The City of Eau Claire is located in west-central Wisconsin in both Eau Claire and Chippewa counties. Eau Claire is situated along Interstate 94 between Minneapolis and Chicago, and is home to the Chippewa Valley Regional Airport. Due to its location, Eau Claire serves as the center for health and professional services, education, retail trade, technology, and industry in west-central Wisconsin. As a metropolitan statistical area (MSA), Eau Claire is recognized as an economic hub for the region.


According to the U.S Census Bureau July 2022 population estimates, approximately 69,700 people currently call Eau Claire home. According to the Wisconsin Department of Revenue, the Eau Claire MSA is one of the fastest growing metropolitan statistical areas in the state. Since 2000, the population of the Eau Claire MSA has grown by 9.4 percent.


According to the annual Net New Construction Report, more than half of the growth that has occured in Eau Claire County, has occurred within the City of Eau Claire. The experienced growth of $218.8 million in the 2023 fiscal years was a 3.03% increase, only putting Eau Claire behind one other city in the state. This growth is expected to continue since the City has been recognized as a place where people want to live, move to, work, and raise their families.

Education is a key component of the fabric of Eau Claire’s community. The University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire (UWEC) is home to approximately 11,000 students. UWEC has been named by U.S. News & World Report as one of the most affordable public universities in the United States. Chippewa Valley Technical College hosts its largest campus in Eau Claire, and the NanoRite Innovation Center provides leasable space, technical equipment, and expertise in nanotechnology and micro-fabrication.


Eau Claire is fortunate to be home to four award winning public medical facilities that serve people across west-central Wisconsin. Mayo Clinic Health System’s location in downtown Eau Claire has contributed to the growth and vitality of the central business district. In addition, Marshfield Clinic, Sacred Heart Hospital, and Oakleaf Clinics are award winning medical facilities located in Eau Claire. The medical facilities employ over 7,500 people combined.


It is difficult to think about Eau Claire without considering the abundant recreational opportunities enjoyed by residents and visitors alike. SmartAsset named Eau Claire as the fifth most livable small community in the United States according to their 2021 study. The City is proactive about developing its trail system and maintaining access to Eau Claire’s abundant water resources. Downtown development that emphasizes the Eau Claire and Chippewa rivers will provide additional future opportunities for residents and visitors to enjoy the outdoors in Eau Claire.

Economic Overview - City of Eau Claire

Healthcare, education, retail, and manufacturing sectors provide many of the jobs found in Eau Claire. The city is the location for the headquarters of Menards, and home to four award winning medical facilities.


Workers with in the City of Eau Claire Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) had an average hourly wage of 25.74 as of May of 2022, as reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.