Onalaska, WA
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Onalaska is a tiny town located in the state of Washington. With a population of 616 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Onalaska is the 258th largest community in Washington. Onalaska has a large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic towns in the country.

Unlike some towns where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Onalaska is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Onalaska is a town of sales and office workers, professionals, and transportation and shipping workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Onalaska who work in sales jobs (32.32%), farm management occupations (13.58%), and office and administrative support (10.54%).

Another important characteristic of Onalaska is that a lot of people work in agricultural jobs, especially compared to most other communities in America, and there are quite a number of farms in town.

Of important note, Onalaska is also a town of artists. Onalaska has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Onalaska’s character.

A relatively large number of people in Onalaska telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 8.52% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.

The town is relatively quiet, having a combination of lower population density and few of those groups of people who have a tendency to be noisy. For example, Onalaska has relatively fewer families with younger children, and/or college students. Combined, this makes Onalaska a pretty quiet place to live overall. If you like quiet, you will probably enjoy it here.

One downside of living in Onalaska, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 31.17 minutes every day commuting to work.

As is often the case in a small town, Onalaska doesn't have a public transportation system that people use for their commute.

The percentage of people in Onalaska with college degrees is quite a bit lower than the national average for cities and towns of 21.84%: just 12.44% of people over 25 have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Onalaska in 2010 was $20,992, which is lower middle income relative to Washington and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $83,968 for a family of four. However, Onalaska contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Onalaska is a somewhat ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Onalaska home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Onalaska residents report their race to be White. Important ancestries of people in Onalaska include Scottish, German, English, and Italian.

The most common language spoken in Onalaska is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and African languages.

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