Eau Claire is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Wisconsin. With a population of 68,339 people and 17 constituent neighborhoods, Eau Claire is the ninth largest community in Wisconsin.
Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Eau Claire is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Eau Claire is a city of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Eau Claire who work in office and administrative support (14.17%), sales jobs (12.72%), and food service (7.66%).
Also of interest is that Eau Claire has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
Because there are quite a few people attending college in Eau Claire, it is thought of as a college town. To the benefit of the many students in the area, Eau Claire provides a number of services, amenities and opportunities geared towards their needs and activities.
Residents of the city have the good fortune of having one of the shortest daily commutes compared to the rest of the country. On average, they spend only 17.52 minutes getting to work every day.
For the size of the city, public transportation in Eau Claire is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking the bus. For Eau Claire, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.
The overall education level of Eau Claire citizens is substantially higher than the typical US community, as 31.84% of adults in Eau Claire have at least a bachelor's degree, and the average American community has 21.84%.
The per capita income in Eau Claire in 2010 was $24,660, which is middle income relative to Wisconsin and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $98,640 for a family of four. However, Eau Claire contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
The people who call Eau Claire home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Eau Claire residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Eau Claire include Norwegian, Irish, Polish, and English.
The most common language spoken in Eau Claire is English. Other important languages spoken here include Miao/Hmong and Spanish.