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The City of Eau Claire is the 8th largest city in Wisconsin with a population of 70,443 as of July 1, 2021. Eau Claire ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Wisconsin. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Eau Claire is located at latitude 44.8113 and longitude -91.4985 in Eau Claire County. The formal boundaries for the City of Eau Claire encompass a land area of 32.12 sq. miles and a water area of 2.1 sq. miles. Eau Claire County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 787 feet.

While the primary coordinates for City of Eau Claire are located in Eau Claire County, it should be noted that the formal boundaries for this community also extend into and Chippewa County.

The City of Eau Claire has a C5 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that is independent of any county subdivision and serves as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Eau Claire: Clearwater, Eauclaire.

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Eau Claire, WI Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2021)


Total Population 70,443 (100%)
Population in Households 66,194 (94.0%)
Population in Families 43,995 (62.5%)
Population in Group Quarters1 4,249 ( 6.0%)
Population Density 2,155
Diversity Index2 26


Median Household Income $57,420
Average Household Income $72,551
% of Income for Mortgage4 13%
Per Capita Income $29,795
Wealth Index5 64


Total HU (Housing Units) 30,665 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 16,781 (54.7%)
Renter Occupied HU 12,247 (39.9%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,637 ( 5.3%)
Median Home Value $175,577
Average Home Value $201,299
Housing Affordability Index3 161


Total Households 29,028
Average Household Size 2.28
Family Households 15,365
Average Family Size 3
  1. Group Quarters - a place where people live or stay in a group living arrangement. Includes college residents halls, nursing facilities, military barracks, and correctional facilities.
  2. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different races or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
  3. The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.
  4. The % of Income for Mortgage quantifies the percentage of median household income dedicated to mortgage payments on a home priced at the median value (assuming a 30-year mortgage and a 20% down payment).
  5. The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.


2010-2021 2021-2026
Population 0.57% 0.64%
Households 0.68% 0.71%
Families 0.61% 0.58%
Median Household Income   1.73%
Per Capita Income   2.21%
Owner Occupied HU   0.99%

Eau Claire, WI - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Eau Claire to the other 778 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Wisconsin by rank and percentile using July 1, 2021 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 8 99th
Population Density # 54 93rd
Median Household Income # 451 42nd
Housing Affordability Index # 236 30th
Per Capita Income # 456 42nd
Diversity Index # 171 78th

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