The gender makeup of the city was 50.7% male and 49.3% female. 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.
In 1870, the West Wisconsin Railway built a line from St.
Paul, Minnesota, to Milwaukee through the area at Eau Claire.
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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.This was followed in 1881 by the Chippewa Falls & Northern Railroad, which built a line north from Chippewa Falls to Bloomer, eventually being extended to Superior.Around 1700, French explorer Pierre-Charles Le Sueur discovered the Chippewa Spring near the river. Pound founded the Chippewa Springs Health Club in 1887 and at one point oversaw the company that bottled the water for sale.Chippewa Falls is 15 miles from the annual four-day music festivals Country Fest and Rock Fest.
Chippewa Falls was originally a lumber town that became a railroad town, even though the main railroad line of the 1870s went through Eau Claire, about 10 miles to the south.
A Spring House was built over the original spring in 1893 and remains today, across from the modern water bottling plant on Park Ave.).