A
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    A-
  2. Crime & Safety
    B-
  3. Housing
    B
  4. Nightlife
    A-
  5. Good for Families
    A
  6. Diversity
    B-
  7. Jobs
    B
  8. Weather
    C+
  9. Cost of Living
    B+
  10. Health & Fitness
    B
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    A

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$139,900
National
$178,600
Median Rent
$745
National
$928
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    47%
  • Own
    53%

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    116
    273
  • Murder
    0
    6
  • Rape
    28
    41
  • Robbery
    25
    133
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    354
    525
  • Theft
    2,084
    2,081
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    100
    263

Residents

Diversity
B-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$43,541
National
$53,889
Children
16%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    11%
    11%
  • Bachelor's degree
    21%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    36%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    26%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    6%
    13%
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If you are looking for an average city, Eau Claire, is the way to go. I like Eau Claire because of the outdoor activities you can partake in (mostly summer months). For example, bike trails, strolling downtown, music in the park at Phoenix Park, EauxClaire, Country Jam, etc! There are lots! During winter months, it is a struggle to find activities to do besides Action City and strolls through Oakwood Mall.
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I went to college in Eau Claire for the past 4.5 years. The university does a great job to encourage acceptance, individuality, and diversity. I have especially seen the push to increase the cultural diversity of the university in the past couple years. Outside of the school, the general atmosphere promotes getting out and about and exploring the area. Eau Claire has a lot to offer because it has different areas that cater to certain interests: Water Street is more of a party/younger atmosphere, downtown Eau Claire is very hip and cultural, and the mall area is fun for shopping and eating out. I'd definitely settle down here in the future. I love that the river and bike paths along the river provide great outdoor activities, as well as the many parks. Speaking of which - the parks host great live music and farmers markets throughout the warmer seasons, which is awesome!
I lived in EC from 1980 to 2016. The downsides are the long winter season, expensive rents, high taxes, city cronyism, low paying jobs, too many university students, traffic, and not much to do for recreation (winter). The upsides are relatively lower crime, lakes/parks, a university, and proximity to larger cities. Winter and cronyism are the biggest obstacles. Consider it carefully if you are thinking EC is a possible residential destination.