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Old 01-21-2012, 03:32 PM
 
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Default Eau Claire Demographics

Hello everyone! I am relatively new to the Columbia area. I am a senior at USC, and I have been assigned to a story about Eau Claire. I don't know anything about the area, but I checked out the demographics online. I noticed some startling patterns. Eau Claire is below Columbia's average in terms of average household income and average educational attainment. Eau Claire is also above Columbia's average in terms of single-mother households and households below the poverty line. I want to know more about the area and why Eau Claire's statistics are this way. If anyone can give me insight, it would be greatly appreciated. Also, anyone willing to be interviewed who lives in the Eau Claire area can reply to this thread. Thanks so much!
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Old 01-21-2012, 05:29 PM
 
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I live in the Keenan Terrace section of Eau Claire. Eau Claire was a separate town until the early 50's when it was annexed by the City of Columbia so Eau Claire is not a single neighborhood, but a number of unique neighborhoods. I think you should look at the variety of the neighborhoods within Eau Claire instead of the area as a monolithic entity. It is generally the poorest section of the city, but there are also some beautiful neighborhoods within the larger area.
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Old 01-21-2012, 05:55 PM
 
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Hello everyone! I am relatively new to the Columbia area. I am a senior at USC, and I have been assigned to a story about Eau Claire. I don't know anything about the area, but I checked out the demographics online. I noticed some startling patterns. Eau Claire is below Columbia's average in terms of average household income and average educational attainment. Eau Claire is also above Columbia's average in terms of single-mother households and households below the poverty line. I want to know more about the area and why Eau Claire's statistics are this way. If anyone can give me insight, it would be greatly appreciated. Also, anyone willing to be interviewed who lives in the Eau Claire area can reply to this thread. Thanks so much!
I think you might find many things are socio-economic but easily/erroneously translated to race by many.

I suggest you might want to become familiar with socio-economics and its various levels when looking at any place.

Hope this helps.
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Old 01-22-2012, 12:07 PM
 
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Good idea! I plan on visiting the area today or tomorrow. Thanks for the feedback!
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Old 01-23-2012, 10:03 AM
 
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waccamatt...is dead on. Eau Claire is a collection of neighborhoods that vary widely.. It is also often referred to as "north Columbia" by some... Earlewood Park, Hyatt Park, Keenan Terrace are some of the more popular neighborhoods.. others that I would consider "stable" and more long time homeowners would be Northwood Hills- near Alcorn Middle School, Cabb Island- across from Columbia College.. which are all in the northern most section of Eau Claire but below I-20, then there are some up and coming areas like College Place-around Columbia College and Colonial Heights... near Richland Memorial Hospital. These are just the few areas that I know of the top of my head.. but there are certainly others....Good Luck
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Old 01-24-2012, 07:00 AM
 
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There are dozens of neighborhoods and neighborhood associations recognized by the Columbia Council of Neighborhoods that are under the "Eau Claire" umbrella.
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