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City of Eau Claire Economic Development Division

Eau Claire in Numbers

No matter which way you add, subtract, divide or multiply the numbers, Eau Claire's statistics always look good in comparison to other cities within the state and throughout the nation.


Eau Claire At-A-Glance

Actual City Population (2013): 67,545
30-Minute Commute Population (EC MSA* 2013): 164,570
Unemployment Rate (EC MSA March 2014): 6.1%
Per Capita Income (EC MSA 2012): $25,267
Median Family Income (EC MSA 2012): $62,636
Median Age: 36.2
Higher Education Institutions: 4
Major Hospitals: 2
Golf Courses: 6
Median Home Price (Owner Occupied, 2011): $148,700
Hotel Rooms: 1,830

 

*MSA stands for Metropolitan Statistical Area

Sources: United States Census Bureau: United States Census Bureau State & County Quick Facts, ACS 2012 1-Year Survey American FactFinder. United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, Local Area Unemployment Statistics Bureau of Labor Statistics

Eau Claire Unemployment Relatively Low (from Current Economy)

As of March 2013, the Eau Claire MSA (Metropolitan Statistical Area) unemployment ranked lower than most other Wisconsin MSAs at an average of 6.1%. The MSA with the lowest reported unemployment was Madison (4.7%) and the MSA with the highest quarterly unemployment was Racine (8.6%).

Unemployment Rate Chart

Madison 4.7
La Crosse 5.5
Oshkosh-Neenah 6.0
Eau Claire 6.1
Appleton 6.0
Fond du Lac 6.5
Green Bay 6.2
Wausau 6.6
Sheboygan 5.8
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis 6.9
Racine 8.6
Janesville 7.8
Source: Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development WORKnet.Wisconsin.gov

Over the course of 2013, Eau Claire's unemployment remained well below the state average unemployment rate.

Source: Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development


Population Statistics

Eau Claire has a young, vibrant, hard-working population that helps account for the area's competitive economy and creative community. Below are 2012 population statistics for the Eau Claire Metropolitan Statistical Area:

2012 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates Eau Claire MSA Eau Claire MSA % Wisconsin
Total Population 163,599 100% 5,726,398
Male 80,848 50% 2,822,271
Median age (years) 36.3 - 38.5
Under 5 years 9,679 6% 352,608
18 years and over 125,825 78% 4,350,723
65 years and over 21,616 13.4% 784,836
White 153,485 93.1% 4,967,566
Black or African American 1,687 0.9% 359,317
American Indian and Alaska Native 516 0.5% 52,161
Asian 4,479 3.3% 135,815
Two or more races 2,572 1.6% 114,330

Source: United States Census Bureau, ACS 2012 1-year Survey American FactFinder


Education Statistics

Residents of Eau Claire experience a comparatively high quality of life. The excellent education combined with a low crime rate, low cost of living, outstanding healthcare, and an abundance of arts and entertainment venues are all reasons why residents enjoy a top-notch lifestyle. Here are some of Eau Claire's quality of life measurements:

Education
% Population With Bachelor's Degree or Higher 26.8
% Population With Some College Experience 21.8%
% Population With High School Degree 92.0%

Colleges and Universities Enrollment
University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire 10,499
Chippewa Valley Technical College 16,195
University of Wisconsin, Stout 9,356
Globe University 506

Sources: United States Census Bureau, ACS 2012 1-year Survey American FactFinder, UW-Eau Claire, UW-Stout, CVTC


Quality of Life

Residents of Eau Claire experience a comparatively high quality of life. The excellent education combined with a low crime rate, low cost of living, outstanding healthcare, and an abundance of arts and entertainment venues are all reasons why residents enjoy a top-notch lifestyle. Here are some of Eau Claire's quality of life measurements:

Quality of Life Indices
Cost of Living Index (Q1 2014) 93.9 (EC) vs. 100 (US)
Major Hospitals 2
Hospital Beds 648
Hotel Rooms 1,830
Median Home Price $148,700
Average Apartment Rent $709

Sources: The Council For Community and Economic Research C2ER Unites States Census Bureau, ACS 2012 1-Year Survey American FactFinder

Weather
Average Temperature 44.6 degrees F
Average Summer Temp 69.8 degrees F
Average Winter Temp 19.27 degrees F
Average Snowfall 7"

Crime Index
Violent 210.1/100,000 people
Property 2960.6/ 100,000 people

Source: The Federal Bureau of Investigation FBI

Culture and Entertainment
Theaters 4
Festivals 19
Concerts every week
Adult Amateur Baseball Teams 3
Adult Amateur Football Teams 2
Golf Courses 6
Parkland 363 acres
Bike Trails 21 miles
Rivers 2

Sources: Eau Claire Parks and Recreation EC Parks & Rec


Current Economy of Eau Claire

2013 Building Valuations Fourth Best Year for Eau Claire

The 2013 construction season had a total building permit valuation of $150,649,149. This was the fourth best year for Eau Claire. The record for total building valuation in a single construction season was set in 2009 with $197,605,369.

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Miscellaneous spending represented the largest share of building valuations again in 2012. Prior to 2011, commercial spending represented the largest share.

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