River Falls, Wisconsin

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River Falls
City
River Falls City Hall[1]
River Falls City Hall[1]
River Falls is located in Wisconsin
River Falls
River Falls
Location within the state of Wisconsin
Coordinates: 44°51′31″N 92°37′30″W / 44.85861°N 92.62500°W / 44.85861; -92.62500Coordinates: 44°51′31″N 92°37′30″W / 44.85861°N 92.62500°W / 44.85861; -92.62500
CountryUnited States
StateWisconsin
CountyPierce and St. Croix
Government
 • TypeMayor – Council
 • MayorDan Toland
Area[2]
 • Total6.60 sq mi (17.09 km2)
 • Land6.52 sq mi (16.89 km2)
 • Water0.08 sq mi (0.21 km2)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total15,000
 • Estimate (2012[4])15,182
 • Density2,300.6/sq mi (888.3/km2)
Time zoneCentral (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST)CDT (UTC-5)
Area code(s)715 & 534
WebsiteOfficial website
 
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This article is about the city. For the adjacent town, see River Falls (town), Wisconsin.
River Falls
City
River Falls City Hall[1]
River Falls City Hall[1]
River Falls is located in Wisconsin
River Falls
River Falls
Location within the state of Wisconsin
Coordinates: 44°51′31″N 92°37′30″W / 44.85861°N 92.62500°W / 44.85861; -92.62500Coordinates: 44°51′31″N 92°37′30″W / 44.85861°N 92.62500°W / 44.85861; -92.62500
CountryUnited States
StateWisconsin
CountyPierce and St. Croix
Government
 • TypeMayor – Council
 • MayorDan Toland
Area[2]
 • Total6.60 sq mi (17.09 km2)
 • Land6.52 sq mi (16.89 km2)
 • Water0.08 sq mi (0.21 km2)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total15,000
 • Estimate (2012[4])15,182
 • Density2,300.6/sq mi (888.3/km2)
Time zoneCentral (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST)CDT (UTC-5)
Area code(s)715 & 534
WebsiteOfficial website
South Hall, on the University of Wisconsin-River Falls campus, is on the National Register of Historic Places.

River Falls is a city in Pierce and St. Croix counties in the U.S. state of Wisconsin. It is located mostly within the Town of River Falls in Pierce County; a small portion lies within the Town of Kinnickinnic in St. Croix County. River Falls is the most populous city in Pierce county. The population was 15,000 at the 2010 census, with 11,851 residing in Pierce County, and 3,149 in St. Croix County.

River Falls is the home of the University of Wisconsin–River Falls.

Geography[edit]

River Falls is located at 44°51′31″N 92°37′30″W / 44.85861°N 92.62500°W / 44.85861; -92.62500 (44.858701, -92.625097).[5]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 6.60 square miles (17.09 km2), of which, 6.52 square miles (16.89 km2) is land and 0.08 square miles (0.21 km2) is water.[2]

River Falls lies on the banks of the Kinnickinnic River, a class one trout stream. The South Fork of the Kinnickinnic River runs through the city, dividing the campus of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls into two sections.

History[edit]

The city's first settlers were Joel Foster and his indentured servant, Dick, in the year 1848.[6] The original village was started as the village of Kinnickinnic in 1854 by brothers Nathaniel N. and Oliver S. Powell who were from St. Lawrence County, New York. At the same time, the township and village was known also as "Greenwood," but this was changed, as another Greenwood, Wisconsin already existed.[7]

Demographics[edit]

Kinnickinnic River, downtown River Falls.
Outline map of River Falls
Historical population
CensusPop.
201015,000
Est. 201215,1821.2%

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[3] of 2010, there were 15,000 people, 5,150 households, and 2,812 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,300.6 inhabitants per square mile (888.3 /km2). There were 5,449 housing units at an average density of 835.7 per square mile (322.7 /km2). The racial makeup of the city was 94.8% White, 1.2% African American, 0.4% Native American, 1.5% Asian, 0.5% from other races, and 1.6% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.8% of the population.

There were 5,150 households of which 28.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.6% were married couples living together, 9.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.1% had a male householder with no wife present, and 45.4% were non-families. 27.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.42 and the average family size was 2.89.

The median age in the city was 24.2 years. 17.2% of residents were under the age of 18; 34.5% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 23% were from 25 to 44; 17% were from 45 to 64; and 8.2% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 46.8% male and 53.2% female.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[8] of 2000, there were 12,560 people, 4,269 households, and 2,335 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,524.0 people per square mile (973.8/km²). There were 4,346 housing units at an average density of 873.2 per square mile (336.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 96.57% White, 0.53% Black or African American, 0.36% Native American, 1.02% Asian, 0.09% Pacific Islander, 0.32% from other races, and 1.12% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.95% of the population.

There were 4,269 households out of which 29.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.7% were married couples living together, 9.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 45.3% were non-families. 27.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.44 and the average family size was 2.98.

In the city the population was spread out with 17.9% under the age of 18, 35.1% from 18 to 24, 23.8% from 25 to 44, 14.6% from 45 to 64, and 8.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 24 years. For every 100 females there were 83.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 80.1 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $41,184, and the median income for a family was $60,253. Males had a median income of $36,275 versus $27,345 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,667. About 4.4% of families and 14.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.6% of those under age 18 and 11.1% of those age 65 or over.

Education[edit]

River Falls High School is the area's public high school. It is home to the 2005 and 2007–2013 Marching Band State Champions in AAA division. River Falls is also home to the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.

Recreation[edit]

Glen Park is a 41-acre park established in 1898. Overlooking the Kinnickinnic River, the park has playgrounds, a swimming pool, soccer fields, a baseball diamond, basketball courts, horseshoe pits, a gazebo, and several walking trails.[9]

The Glen Park Pool was built in 1937 and renovated for its 75th anniversary in 2012.[10]

Glen Park's Swinging Bridge offers a view of the South Fork Rapids as it enters the Kinnickinnic River. The bridge, a replica of one designed by the Minneapolis Bridge Company and constructed in 1925, is a suspension bridge that spans the South Fork Rapids at the site of the former Cascade Mill and Dam. Below the bridge are fishing and picnic spots.[11]

Another attraction is The Falls Theater, a movie theater.

Notable people[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ River Falls City Hall, Frisbie Architects, Accessed July 20, 2009.
  2. ^ a b "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  3. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  4. ^ "Population Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2013-06-24. 
  5. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  6. ^ River Falls Wisconsin. Piercecountywi.com. Retrieved on 2012-07-07.
  7. ^ Easton, August B. History of Saint Croix Valley, p. 485.
  8. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  9. ^ "Visit Planning - Entertainment & Recreation". rfchamber.com. Retrieved 23 October 2013. 
  10. ^ "Hospital supports historic park pool". River Falls Journal. 12 June 2012. Retrieved 23 October 2013. 
  11. ^ Smith, Margaret. "River Falls, Wisconsin- The Swinging Bridge at Glen Park". stcroixheritage.org. Retrieved 23 October 2013. 

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