UW-Eau Claire boasts a high number of alumni who choose to stay in Eau Claire to live and work after graduation, and it's easy to see why. Eau Claire has something to offer everyone. From bike trails and parks, to museums and libraries, reliable public transportation, beautiful waterways, excellent public schools and arts and entertainment, Eau Claire can meet the needs of a diverse population.
In it together
The collaboration between UW-Eau Claire's faculty, staff and students and the Eau Claire community is second to none. From huge undertakings like the Confluence Project to more one-on-one events like helping a local elementary student with his reading comprehension — there are multiple ways Blugolds contribute to the Eau Claire area, and vice versa.
For a comprehensive look at all that the city of Eau Claire has to offer, see the city of Eau Claire website for links to information about economic development, education, quality of life, downtown redevelopment and more.
Turn up the music
Becoming widely known as a hub for music creatives, the music scene in Eau Claire covers a wide range of interests and year-round options for live entertainment. A great publication and website called Volume One covers all of the music and entertainment events, on and off our campus. It provides a full calendar of events, including their signature Sounds Like Summer Concert Series in Phoenix Park.
In 2014, Eau Claire was selected as one of 10 All-American City Award winners by the National Civic League, selected for its “innovation, civic engagement, cross-sector collaboration” in dealing with community challenges. What does that really mean? It shows that this community is one with leadership that values forward thinking and inclusiveness in facing the issues of the 21st century.
And that’s not all! A few more bust-our-buttons items are:
- Forbes 2014 #4 ranking out of 536 cities in work-life balance, which considers work hours, commute time, income and cost of living
- 61st in U.S. statistics for economic and job growth
- A Yahoo Finance top 10 pick for “Best Places to Retire,” citing health care, recreation and culture
- And our favorite: Eau Claire is America’s 23rd "Brainiest City," according to the Lumos Labs Lumosity app