Royal Credit Union is partnering with Think Eau Claire to provide this comprehensive guide to the Eau Claire area. See why Royal is consistently voted “Best Employer” by local Eau Claire-ians for commitment to their team members and truly amazing investments in the community.
“The postindustrial town is reinventing itself as an outdoorsy cultural mecca, complete with new boutique hotels, locavore restaurants and an $80 million arts complex at the meeting point of two scenic rivers.”
“This is by far the most spirited and quirky town to make our list. This small Wisconsin city boasts high-paying jobs, a great university, a low unemployment rate, and a very low cost of living.”
Eau Claire seems poised, ready for its next chapter, making significant strides … Coming here now, it feels like you’re in on the ground floor of something good, with more to come.
The Chippewa River runs through this city, with loads of trails, parks, even beaches, and a shiny waterfront downtown is rolling in locally owned shops and locally sourced eats.
...young adults are moving to or staying in Eau Claire for its affordable housing, recreational opportunities, music and arts scenes, local businesses and more.— The Cap Times
There’s easily an afternoon’s worth of browsing the city’s various shops, some of which are owned by young Eau Claire natives who left and moved back.
By all means, go to Eau Claire for the music and libations. But be sure to return for the outdoor adventure, scenery and homegrown artistry to be enjoyed.
Eau Claire is the best city in Wisconsin you haven't been to.
96% of Eau Claire residents report feeling safe in their neighborhood.
The National Citizen Survey (2016)
kids & family
90% of Eau Claire residents said the city is an excellent place to raise children.
The National Citizen Survey (2016)
$275,000 median home sale price for Eau Claire County.
Mean travel time to work in the city of Eau Claire.
U.S. Census Bureau (2019)
Violent crimes in Eau Claire are 56% lower than the national average
FBI / areavibes.com (2020 / 2021)
What costs $1 in EC will cost $1.10 in Minneapolis and $1.30 in Chicago.
Council for Community and Economic Research (2018)
Eau Claire Energy Cooperative
Valley Sports Academy
Mayo Clinic Health System
Moved from Madison, WI in 2016
Big Brothers Big Sisters
Moved from Chicago in 2012
Adam & Alicia Condit
Owners of Blue Ox Running
Moved from the Washington DC area in 2017
Mike & Amy Muehlbauer
Wells Fargo & Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices
Moved from Lakeville, MN in 2008
Marshfield Clinic Health System
Moved from Minneapolis, MN in 2018
Danny & Stephanie Pohnl
Charter Bank & Visit Eau Claire
Moved from St. Louis Park, MN in 2017
Toy Car Studios
Moved from Austin, TX in 2016
Dunn County Health Department
Moved from Fort Collins, CO in 2013
Moved from Lafayette, IN in 2010
Moved from Houston, TX in 2018
Mai Vue Xiong
Weld Riley, S.C.
Moved back here from Madison, WI in 2010
A pretty smart person once said, “Never forget your roots.” At Royal Credit Union, we’ve never forgotten ours — we were born in a Wisconsin tire plant. Pretty humble beginnings.
And as we’ve grown, cropping up in new places throughout Wisconsin and Minnesota, we’ve always made sure to find ways to support our communities (which have supported us) with big, big gifts to big, important projects and initiatives. Beyond the monetary, though, we’re IN your communities — supporting local Chambers, festivals, parades and other important fun.
We’re committed to developing our team members to reach their career goals, and we offer a number of courses, trainings, and even tuition reimbursement to ensure they stay engaged and challenged.
Most communities have at least some good. But some places have a lot of good — and Eau Claire is one of them. Dig into the guide below for the low down on everything that makes this place so great — the events, music, recreation, neighborhoods, and more that make up a truly outstanding place to live.
Think Eau Claire is a project of the Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce.
Learn more about opportunities in Eau Claire and the Chippewa Valley through the following organizations: