UPDATE: Eau Claire city officials say drinking reputation hasn’t hurt growth

UPDATE (WQOW) — Eau Claire has once again been named the second drunkest city in the USA, but does that reputation hurt the community’s chance at economic growth?

City officials said not by a long shot. 

Mike Schatz, Eau Claire’s Economic Development manager, told News 18 in his 33 years on the job, he’s never heard of a business not wanting to build in Eau Claire because of the city’s drinking culture. 

"I have heard them say that they’ve come here because of our natural resources, our great transportation routes with the interstate, our low cost of living, our low crime, our arts and culture and our music," Schatz said. "So, those are the things I think we’re most famous for and I like it that way and I think it’s done us well." 

So, he’s not too concerned about Eau Claire’s ranking on that list. Especially because of the city’s appearance in other, more prestigious publications. 

"When I see us in Time magazine and other featured articles about our culture and how well we’re doing and our music festivals, that’s the kind of publicity I want to see," Schatz told News 18. 

Seven Wisconsin cities ranked in the top ten, with Green Bay listed at number one. The group 24/7 Wall Street comes up with the list by analyzing self-reported data on binge drinking. 


Posted: Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Eau Claire (WQOW) — Eau Claire is one of seven Wisconsin cities to make up a dubious list of the nation’s 10 ‘drunkest’ cities.  

24/7 Wall Street named Eau Claire the second drunkest city in the nation. It’s the second-straight year the City of Clear Water has been in that spot.  

Eau Claire has plenty of company in the top 10. Green Bay was named the drunkest city in the nation. Others making the list: Appleton (#3); Madison (#4); Oshkosh (#6); Wausau (#9); La Crosse (#10).  

The group comes up with their rankings by analyzing self-reported data on binge drinking.  

On the other side of the coin, Wall Street 24/7 found the driest cities in America to be Provo-Orem, Utah; St. George, Utah; and Beckley, West Virginia.

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