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 seen a significant amount of newer housing growth in recent years. Quite often, new home construction is the result of new residents moving in who are middle class or wealthier, attracted by jobs, a healthy local economy, or other amenities as they leave nearby or far away areas for greener pastures. This seems to be the case in Onalaska, where the median household income is $60,345.00.

Unlike some towns, Onalaska isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Onalaska are a mix 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 (29.04%), farm management occupations (11.14%), and office and administrative support (9.83%).

In addition, many people in Onalaska have jobs in agriculture, more so than in most other communities in America. As a result, you will see quite a number of farms around 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.

Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 7.93% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. 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.

In Onalaska, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 30.40 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average.

Onalaska is a small town, and as such doesn't have a public transit system that people use to get to and from their jobs every day.

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 12.01% of people over 25 have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Onalaska in 2010 was $22,273, which is lower middle income relative to Washington, and middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $89,092 for a family of four. However, Onalaska contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

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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