Chippewa Falls, named after the Chippewa Indians, is a city located on the Chippewa River in Chippewa County in the U.S. state of Wisconsin. The population was 12,925 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Chippewa County. Chippewa Falls was incorporated as a city in 1869.
Chippewa Falls is also known for being the birthplace of Seymour Cray, and the location of the headquarters for the original Cray Research. Chippewa Falls is the home of Leinenkugel's Beer, brewed by the Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company and the Heyde Center for the Arts, a showcase venue for local, regional, national and international artists and performers. Chippewa Falls is also the home to the Northern Wisconsin State Fair, which is held annually.
GeographyChippewa Falls is located at (44.934110, -91.393228).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 11.4 square miles (29.5 km²), of which, 10.9 square miles (28.1 km²) of it is land and 0.5 square miles (1.4 km²) of it (4.66%) is water.
DemographicsAs of the census of 2003, there were 13,294 people, 5,638 households, and 3,247 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,191.2 people per square mile (459.9/km²). There were 5,905 housing units at an average density of 544.2/sq mi (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 out 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.
In the city the population was spread out with 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 income for a household in the city was $32,744, and the median income for a family 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.
EducationChippewa Falls currently has three high schools: Chippewa Falls Senior High, McDonell Central Catholic High School, and Chippewa Falls Alternate High School. There are also three middle schools: Chippewa Falls Middle School, Notre Dame (catholic), and Chippewa Falls Alternate Middle School. In addition there are 9 elementary schools in the district: Parkview, Hillcrest, Southview, Stillson, Halmstad, Holy Ghost, St. Charles, St. Peters, and Jim Falls Elementary.
All schools listed above are part of the Chippewa Falls Area School District (CFSD)
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