Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin
Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin
|• Mayor||Greg Hoffman|
|• Total||11.86 sq mi (30.72 km2)|
|• Land||11.32 sq mi (29.31 km2)|
|• Water||0.54 sq mi (1.41 km2)|
|Elevation||820 ft (250 m)|
|• Density||1,301.7/sq mi (502.6/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC-6 (Central (CST))|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-5 (CDT)|
54729, 54774 (companies/organisations)
|Area code(s)||715 & 534|
|GNIS feature ID||1563041|
Chippewa Falls is a city located on the Chippewa River in Chippewa County in the northwestern part of the U.S. state of Wisconsin. The population was 14,731 in the 2020 census. Incorporated as a city in 1869, it is the county seat of Chippewa County.
Chippewa Falls is the birthplace of Seymour Cray, known as the "father of supercomputing", and the headquarters for the original Cray Research. It is also the home of the Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company, the Heyde Center for the Arts, a showcase venue for artists and performers; Irvine Park, and the annual Northern Wisconsin State Fair. Chippewa Falls is 15 miles (24 km) from the annual four-day music festivals Country Fest and Rock Fest.
Chippewa Falls was originally developed by European Americans to exploit area lumber resources. It later became a railroad town, though the main railroad line of the 1870s ran about 10 miles (16 km) south of Eau Claire. In 1870, the West Wisconsin Railway built a line from St. Paul, Minnesota, to Milwaukee, running right through Eau Claire.
Following this, the Eau Claire and Chippewa Falls Railway established a line extending from Eau Claire to Chippewa Falls. In 1880, the CF&W was joined by the Wisconsin and Minnesota Railway pushing its way west from Abbotsford. This was followed in 1881 by the Chippewa Falls & Northern Railroad, which built a line north from Chippewa Falls to Bloomer, eventually extending it to Superior.
Around 1700, French explorer Pierre-Charles Le Sueur discovered the Chippewa Spring near the river. The Ojibwe had historically consumed its water.
Such natural springs gained renewed attention in the late 19th century. Politician Thaddeus C. Pound founded the Chippewa Springs Health Club in 1887, and at one point oversaw the company that bottled the spring water for sale. A Spring House was built over the original spring in 1893. It remains today, across from the modern water bottling plant on Park Ave.
|WI Counties 1900-1990|
As of the census of 2020, the population was 14,731. The population density was 1,301.7 inhabitants per square mile (502.6/km2). There were 6,772 housing units at an average density of 598.4 per square mile (231.0/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 90.1% White, 1.9% Black or African American, 1.3% Asian, 0.7% Native American, 0.7% from other races, and 5.2% from two or more races. Ethnically, the population was 2.5% Hispanic or Latino of any race.
As of the census of 2010, there were 13,661 people, 5,896 households, and 3,275 families living in the city. The population density was 1,201.5 inhabitants per square mile (463.9/km2). There were 6,304 housing units at an average density of 554.4 per square mile (214.1/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 95.1% White, 1.7% African American, 0.7% Native American, 0.9% Asian, 0.2% from other races, and 1.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.6% of the population.
There were 5,896 households, of which 29.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 37.7% were married couples living together, 13.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.9% had a male householder with no wife present, and 44.5% were non-families. 37.6% of all households were made up of individuals, and 16.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.18 and the average family size was 2.86.
The median age in the city was 38 years. 22.9% of residents were under the age of 18; 9.1% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 27.1% were from 25 to 44; 24.6% were from 45 to 64; and 16.4% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 50.7% male and 49.3% female.
At the 2000 census, there were 12,925 people, 5,638 households and 3,247 families living in the city. The population density was 1,191.2 per square mile (459.9/km2). There were 5,905 housing units at an average density of 544.2 per square mile (210.1/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 97.62% White, 0.30% African American, 0.46% Native American, 0.67% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.16% from other races, and 0.77% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.63% of the population.
There were 5,638 households, of which 28.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.4% were married couples living together, 11.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 42.4% were non-families. 36.5% of all households were made up of individuals, and 16.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.20 and the average family size was 2.89.
Age distribution was 24.2% under the age of 18, 9.4% from 18 to 24, 28.2% from 25 to 44, 20.3% from 45 to 64, and 17.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females, there were 89.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.2 males.
The median household income was $32,744, and the median family income was $43,519. Males had a median income of $32,016 versus $22,655 for females. The per capita income for the city was $18,366. About 8.7% of families and 10.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.5% of those under age 18 and 5.8% of those age 65 or over.
As of 2011, the largest employers in the city were:
|1||TTM Advanced Circuits|
|2||Chippewa Falls Public Schools|
|3||Saint Joseph's Hospital|
|5||Mason Companies Inc|
|7||Silicon Graphics International|
|8||Cooperative Educational Service Agency #10|
|10||Wissota Healthcare Regional Vent CT|
The Chippewa Falls Area School District (CFSD) serves the city of Chippewa Falls. It has two high schools: Chippewa Falls Senior High and Chippewa Falls Alternate High School; two middle schools: Chippewa Falls Middle School, and Chippewa Falls Alternate Middle School; and six elementary schools: Parkview, Hillcrest, Southview, Stillson, Halmstad, and Jim Falls Elementary.
In addition there are several parochial schools: McDonell Central Catholic High School, Notre Dame Middle School, Holy Ghost, St. Charles, and St. Peter Elementary Schools, all of which are part of the McDonell Area Catholic Schools (MACS).
The original McDonell High School building, constructed at a prominent location above downtown Chippewa Falls, is listed on the State and National Register of Historic Places. The structure was built in 1907. After the high school was relocated to a new building in a more suburban location, this structure was vacant for several years. It was taken over by the Chippewa Valley Cultural Association and converted into the Heyde Center for the Arts in 2000.
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- William B. Bartlett, member of the Wisconsin State Assembly
- Howard W. Cameron, member of the Wisconsin State Senate
- Wilder W. Crane, Jr., member of the Wisconsin State Assembly
- Gary Grant, member of the Washington House of Representatives
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- John J. Jenkins, U.S. Representative
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- Dick Leinenkugel, a politician and businessman with Leinenkugels. Served as the Wisconsin Secretary of Commerce under governor Jim Doyle
- Hector McRae, member of the Wisconsin State Assembly
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- Alexander Wiley, served four terms in the United States Senate for the state of Wisconsin from 1939 to 1963
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- Irving J. Carr, U.S. Army Major General
- Richard H. Cosgriff, Medal of Honor recipient
- Horace Ellis, Medal of Honor recipient
- George Clay Ginty, Union Army general
- James J. LeCleir, U.S. Air Force Major General
- Charles E. Mower, United States Army soldier and Medal of Honor recipient in World War II
- Dennis B. Sullivan, U.S. Air Force Brigadier General
- Moose Baxter, John Morris Baxter, former Major League Baseball player
- Chad Cascadden, National Football League linebacker for New York Jets and New England Patriots 1995-99
- Art Crews, professional wrestler, now Jail Captain with Chippewa County Sheriff's Department
- Nate DeLong, National Basketball Association player
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- Gene Ellenson, professional football player in 1946
- Joe Vavra, player for Los Angeles Dodgers, coach for Minnesota Twins; enshrined in Chi-Hi Athletic Hall of Fame on August 27, 2010
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- Seymour Cray (1925–1996), electrical engineer and supercomputer architect who founded Cray Research
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