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 (14.34%), sales jobs (13.37%), and food service (7.58%).
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.
One of the benefits of Eau Claire is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 17.28 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 32.42% 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 $23,813, which is middle income relative to Wisconsin and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $95,252 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.