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Best Neighborhood

1st Place: Eastside Hill (Eau Claire)
2nd Place: Third Ward (Eau Claire)
3rd Place: Downtown (Eau Claire)

The folks on Eau Claire’s Eastside Hill spend their days looking down at the rest of us – both because of their actual altitude and their accustomed place atop this poll, which they’ve won three consecutive years. Not that these East Hillbillies are full of themselves; on the contrary, they’re a pretty laid-back bunch and will gladly welcome you to their close-knit residential ’hood (and maybe even play a game of kubb with you in Boyd Park). Missing the top spot in this poll by a mere two votes is the Third Ward, a classic address known for its tree-lined streets and mix of historic homes and student rentals. No. 3 is a newcomer to the medal podium: Eau Claire’s Downtown, whose appearance on this list is yet more proof that this neighborhood, long in decline, is on the upswing. –Tom Giffey

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