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City of Eau Claire Economic Development Division

Cost of Living

With rising costs of inflation affecting the entire nation, it is important to find a place that is affordable to live and raise a family. In order to determine how Eau Claire's living costs compare to other cities, we routinely participate in the nationwide Accra Cost of Living Index, a government-recognized survey that accurately and reliably compares individual city data. Every quarter we collect prices from local retailers and service providers in order to give current and prospective residents important information about Cost of Living in Eau Claire.

 

Eau Claire

Eau Claire had the lowest cost of living compared to other Wisconsin areas in 2013. Comparing the 2013 Annual Average Data, Eau Claire (91.7) ranks significantly lower in cost of living than Milwaukee (102) and Madison (105.6). The national average is 100. Here is a comparison to other Wisconsin cities:

ACCRA Cost of Living Index-2013 Annual Average Data
City Index
Eau Claire 91.7
Janesville 93.4
Wausau 93.4
Green Bay 93.6
Wisconsin-Rapids-Marshfield 95.9
Milwaukee-Waukesha 102
Madison 105.6
Source: C2ER (www.coli.org)

 

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Long-term Trend in Eau Claire

Throughout our time of participation in the survey, Eau Claire's cost of living has consistently ranked below the national average. According to the final 2012 data readings, Eau Claire received an overall ranking of 91.0, which was well under the national average of 100. Low cost of living is advantageous for the city as well as its residents and encourages cultural diversity.

Eau Claire Long-Term Trend
Time 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Q1 97.3 93.2 95.8 90.1 88.6 91
Q2 94.4 92.7 93.2 89.4 92.0 90
Q3 91.3 92.7 92.9 91.0 90.4 94.3
Annual 94.4 93.2 93.6 90.2 91.0 91.7
Source: C2ER (www.coli.org)