Not only is Eau Claire an affordable place to live or start a business, but it’s also ripe with opportunity right now. The Eau Claire economy is growing, lots of development is underway and unemployment is low. Plus, Eau Claire is an incredible place to raise a family. The schools are fantastic, your neighbors will welcome you with open arms, and you’ll never get bored thanks to the area’s many activities, arts and entertainment options and green spaces to explore. With a population of 68,000 people, Eau Claire is just the right size, too.
Top Industries and Employers: Healthcare, manufacturing and technology
Best Coffee Shop: Shift Cyclery & Coffee Bar, where you can grab a cup of coffee, get your bike fixed and hang out with your friends.
Best Local Beer/Brewery: Any of the IPAs from The Brewing Projekt, which has a rooftop patio and tons of room to spread out.
Must-Have Meal: A “Friday night fish fry” from lots of Eau Claire restaurants, a meal that’s typically served with fries, coleslaw, tartar sauce and bread.
Best Co-Working Space: CoLab, which is creating community among entrepreneurs and startups in Eau Claire.
Best Meetup Spot (When Meeting Up Is a Thing Again): Choose from 38 rotating microbrews on tap at The Fire House, a local craft beer hall with live music, games and a great atmosphere.
Creative Hub: Pablo Center at the Confluence, where you can catch concerts, dance performances, theater productions, exhibits, artist receptions and more.
Favorite Weekend Activity: Hanging out at Phoenix Park, which is a hub for activity in Eau Claire. You can peruse the farmers’ market, have a picnic, walk the trails or just enjoy the views of the Chippewa River.
Free Way to Have Fun: Exploring the 30-mile Chippewa River State Trail, which is great for activities like walking, biking, in-line skating, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.
Local Dream Job: Cheesecurd maker, so you’d be the most popular person in town.
- Sarah Kuta