Eau Claire, WI
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Eau Claire is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Wisconsin. With a population of 68,587 people and 17 constituent neighborhoods, Eau Claire is the ninth largest community in Wisconsin.

Unlike some cities, Eau Claire isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Eau Claire are a mix 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 (13.41%), sales jobs (11.87%), and food service (7.94%).

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.

Eau Claire is also a college town, where lots of students live while attending area colleges. Because of the high percentage of people living in Eau Claire enrolled in college, Eau Claire has a number of services, amenities and opportunities geared towards the needs and activities of students.

Not only is Eau Claire a city with many college students, but it also retains many recent graduates who are looking to start new careers, shaping the character of the city into a place that is geared toward, and considered attractive to, many single, educated people. Many singles consider Eau Claire a good place to live without being in a really big city, with opportunities for friendships and fun with others like themselves.

One of the benefits of Eau Claire is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 17.67 minutes, which is substantially less than the national average. Not only does this mean that the drive to work is less aggravating, but noise and pollution levels are lower as a result.

The overall education level of Eau Claire citizens is substantially higher than the typical US community, as 31.74% 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 $25,908, which is middle income relative to Wisconsin and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $103,632 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 German, 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.