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Most Underrated Thing In or About the Valley

1st Place: How a city this size keeps a small-town vibe
2nd Place: Parks
3rd Place: Our reasonable cost of living


Let’s take a moment to pause and soak up the quality of life we experience being residents of the Chippewa Valley. Eau Claire is a city, sure, but a small one that keeps a small-town vibe. And we have our common interests that help to shrink our population of 67,000 into neat pockets of community. Considering we’ve got more than 1,000 acres of parks and a reasonable cost of living plus ample opportunities for university and family-style fun, we are living robust Midwestern lives here in the Valley. —Laura Lash