: Family-friendly values with a progressive twist Sunny days per year
: 200 Median home price
Fans say spunky little Eau Claire is something of a Midwestern throwback -- safe, friendly and a solid family-oriented community. Recent redevelopment has seen the rise of downtown loft apartments and Phoenix Park, as well as popular (and free!) concerts throughout the summer. A branch of the University of Wisconsin provides plenty of cultural and entertainment programming. (Those 60 and older can audit courses for no cost.) And locals say volunteerism is a significant part of the town's character.
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