News

Rising Up the Charts: Eau Claire Called Nation’s 28th Most Livable City

Livability.com says Eau Claire is ‘ripe with opportunity’

Rebecca Mennecke, photos by Andrea Paulseth |

While Eau Claire may not be No. 1, you can still feel on top of the world because the city was just named the 28th best place to live in the nation on a list released by Livability.com. Last year, Eau Claire ranked 81st on the website’s Top 100 Best Places to Live list.

“Eau Claire is a great place to relocate to if you’re looking for a true sense of community, with access to both big city conveniences and the ability to connect with nature,” Lindsey Quinnies, manager of The Local Store, told the website. “The energy of the city continues to grow, and the people that call this place ‘home’ take pride in it.”

Here’s some of what the website had to say:

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.

Cities were ranked based on opportunity score, which was calculated based on a number of factors including local economy, job opportunities, and growth. Ipsos Public Affairs – a global market research firm – also looked at relocation trends, housing, amenities, infrastructure, demographics, social capital, education, health care, economic variables, and more. They compiled information from organizations such as the U.S. Census Bureau, Emsi, and Esri. The top 10 included: Fort Collins, Colorado; Ann Arbor, Michigan; Madison, Wisconsin; Portland, Maine; Rochester, Minnesota; Asheville, North Carolina; Overland Park, Kansas; Fargo, North Dakota; Durham, North Carolina; and Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

“The pandemic and ensuing economic turbulence made people rethink their commitment to big, expensive cities, and the rise of remote work provided a unique opportunity to live anywhere,” said Winona Dimeo-Ediger, editor-in-chief of Liveability.com. “The dust is still settling, but the chaos of this year made the things that have always mattered – affordability, safety, community, and opportunity – matter even more.”

Of course, Eau Claire is no stranger to lists like this: Earlier in October, the city was declared one of  “25 Small Towns That Are About to Become More Popular” by Reader’s Digest.


You can check out the list at livability.com/list/top-100-best-places-to-live/2020.