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Eau Claire named one of the most livable small to midsize cities in the U.S.

Posted September 18th, 2014

Taken the Leader-Telegram

By Emily Miels 

Eau Claire is among the top 100 small and midsize U.S. cities in which to live, according to an online publication, affirming the feelings of many of the city's residents.

On Monday, Livability.com released its second annual Top 100 Best Places to Live list representing more than 30 states.

"It's still small but big enough to have the plays and the shopping and the things that I'm looking for in that regard," Eau Claire resident Sue Bast said, noting Eau Claire has always been "home."

UW-Eau Claire marching band members enter the Carson Park football stadium Saturday. Eau Claire's strong music scene helped the city earn a ranking among the most livable small and midsize U.S. cities. 
 -Photo by: Steve Kinderman

Eau Claire ranked 59th in the study, which evaluated more than 2,000 cities, according to a Livability news release. Cities with populations between 20,000 and 350,000 were ranked according to eight categories: economics, housing, amenities, infrastructure, demographics, social and civic capital, education and health care.

Eau Claire received an overall livability score of 628 and scored highest in the housing, health care and economics categories.

"I think we're doing pretty well when you look at how many tens of thousands of cities are in that (20,000 to 350,000 population) category," said Bob McCoy, Eau Claire Chamber of Commerce president and CEO. "I think it simply says that what everyone is doing - the citizens, the public sector, the private sector ... we're doing the right things at this time."

The survey mentions Eau Claire's "thriving music scene" and colleges and noted the main employment sectors are in health care, retail and education.

For the full article visit the Leader-Telegram website.