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Retirement Living In Chippewa County - Wisconsin

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Area Description

Chippewa County is located in Western Wisconsin and is served by a network of US and State Highways USH 53 and STH 27, 40, 124, and 178 run north and south through the County. STH 29 and 64 run east and west. Many other county and town roads connect with these highways to link the cities, villages, and recreational areas in the County. Chippewa County is located approximately 100 miles east of Minneapolis MN, 200 miles northwest of Madison WI. The Chippewa Valley Regional Airport, northern Wisconsin’s largest airport, is located on the southern edge of Chippewa County. It provides scheduled passenger and freight service. Chippewa County is also served by three railroads -- the Union Pacific (UP), Progressive Rail(PR), and the Canadian National (CN). The CN runs east and west, serving the communities of Boyd, Stanley, Cadott, and Chippewa Falls. The PR Railroad runs north and south, serving the communities of New Auburn and Bloomer, and parts of the Chippewa Falls area. The UP serves Chippewa Falls-Eau Claire Urban Area.

Chippewa County has a wealth of quality health care available. Residents have access to hospitals, clinics and pharmacies that provide services to suit everyone’s needs. A variety of medical providers, dental providers, and alternative medicine such as chiropractic care can be found in the area. Working in partnership with Mayo Clinic, Luther-Midelfort represents a wide range of medical specialties, and offers surrounding communities facilities located in Bloomer, Chippewa Falls, and Eau Claire. Marshfield Clinic is a medical institution with a long history of serving the health care needs of patients and provides specialty care to regional locations including Bloomer, Cadott, Chippewa Falls, Cornell, Eau Claire and Lake Hallie. Chippewa County has several hospital facilities including St. Joseph’s Hospital, Lady of Victory Medical Center, and Bloomer Medical Center as well as Oakleaf Surgical Hospital, Sacred Heart Hospital, and Luther Hospital (a Level II trauma center) in nearby Eau Claire.

Includes Cities/Towns: Bloomer, Boyd, Cadott, Chippewa Falls, Cornell, Holcombe, New Auburn, Osseo, Stanley.

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Things to Do, Recreation & Fitness

   Explore Chippewa County. In our beautiful county you will find outstanding things to see and do, refreshing outdoor spaces and parks, numerous historical museums and markers, and be amazed by the full calendar of events.

Our 32,000 acres of pristine forestland and many picturesque parks offer a great opportunity to view birds and other wildlife. There are many wonderful county parks scattered throughout the county and each one offers something special to the visitor. Chippewa County also has two State Parks: Lake Wissota State Park in Chippewa Falls and Brunet Island State Park in Cornell. These parks have activities year round. Another spectacular area is the Chippewa Moraine State Recreation Area in New Auburn . With activities available year round, plan a day hike, an overnight stay, or cross-country ski at one of these parks and see for yourself what makes this area so special.

There are a number of trails throughout Chippewa County that can be used for biking/hiking, rollerblading, horseback riding, cross county skiing and snowmobiling. Old Abe State Trail is a 19.5 mile paved trails that connects Chippewa Falls and Cornell and nearly 500 miles of groomed snowmobile trails. And let's not forget over 449 lakes and streams that offer residents and visitors their chance to catch "the big one".

Chippewa County is rich in history with many historical museums and markers. Examples of historical attractions throughout the county are: Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company, Old Abe Civil Ware Eagle statue, the Pulpwood Stacker, Veterans Tribute and the Stanley, Merrill and Phillips Railroad. With over 50 historical markers throughout the county, there is something to be discovered around every corner.

Two nationally acclaimed music festivals, Country Fest and Rock Fest, along with the popular, Northern Wisconsin State Fair, bring many top name performers to the area. Throughout the year the calendar of events is full of festivals and many celebrations, including community fairs, Oktoberfest, Pure Water Days, Sturgeon Fest, Stanley Rodeo, along with many more.

For more information on Chippewa County, Wisconsin visit www.chippewacounty.com or pick up the latest copy of the Chippewa County Activities & Attractions Guide.

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What Will The Climate And Weather Be Like If I Retire In Chippewa County, Wisconsin?

For those of you that retire in Chippewa County, you will enjoy warm summers, a cool fall, a cold winter and a temperate spring!

Winter temperatures are cold with averages in the mid 10's and highs in the mid 20's. Nights are cold with lows in the mid 0's. Expect a lot of days below 0°. Expect some rainy days in the winter. Assume some snowy days in the Winter with a lot of days with snow remaining on the ground so you can enjoy some winter skiing!

If the weather in the spring is too cold for the outdoors, enjoy some indoor activities in Chippewa County such as a movie, a visit to a museum, dining, nightlife or some shopping. Spring temperatures are cold with averages in the low 40's and highs in the mid 50's. Nights are cold with lows in the low 30's. Expect some rainy days in the spring.

Summertime in Chippewa County is a great time to enjoy your retirement with a day at the lake, a local festival or other outdoor activity! Summer temperatures are mild with averages in the upper 60's and highs in the upper 70's. Nights are cool with lows in the mid 50's. Humidity may feel "sticky" with muggy evenings. Expect some rainy days in the summer.

If you retire in Chippewa County, you can look forward to fall weather activities such as biking on a bike path, hiking, enjoying a walking path and more! Fall temperatures are cold with averages in the mid 40's and highs in the mid 50's. Nights are cold with lows in the mid 30's. Expect some rainy days in the fall.

Monthly Temperature Ranges

 Month  Low  Avg  High
 Jan  3  13  22
 Feb  7  17  28
 Mar  19  30  40
 Apr  33  45  56
 May  44  56  68
 Jun  54  65  77
 Jul  59  70  81
 Aug  57  68  79
 Sep  47  59  70
 Oct  35  46  57
 Nov  23  32  40
 Dec  9  17  26

Monthly Average # of Hot and Cold Days

 Month  Days Greater Than 90 F°  Days Less Than 32 F°  Days Less Than 0 F°
 Jan  0  31  14
 Feb  0  27  9
 Mar  0  27  2
 Apr  0  13  0
 May  0  2  0
 Jun  1  0  0
 Jul  2  0  0
 Aug  1  0  0
 Sep  0  1  0
 Oct  0  12  0
 Nov  0  24  1
 Dec  0  30  9

Rain & Humidity

 Month  Rainfall  Rainy Days  Humidity
 Jan  1 "  7  9 %
 Feb  1 "  6  13 %
 Mar  2 "  7  21 %
 Apr  3 "  10  31 %
 May  4 "  11  43 %
 Jun  4 "  11  54 %
 Jul  4 "  10  60 %
 Aug  5 "  9  59 %
 Sep  4 "  10  51 %
 Oct  3 "  9  38 %
 Nov  2 "  7  26 %
 Dec  1 "  8  14 %


 Month  Snowfall  Snow On Ground Days  Snowy Days
 Jan  11 "  28  7
 Feb  8 "  26  5
 Mar  9 "  17  4
 Apr  2 "  1  1
 May  0 "  0  0
 Jun  0 "  0  0
 Jul  0 "  0  0
 Aug  0 "  0  0
 Sep  0 "  0  0
 Oct  1 "  0  0
 Nov  5 "  6  3
 Dec  11 "  23  7

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Cost of Living for Chippewa County, WI

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