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La Crosse, WI
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La Crosse profile


Living in La Crosse



La Crosse is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Wisconsin. With a population of 51,380 people and 18 constituent neighborhoods, La Crosse is the 12th largest community in Wisconsin.

La Crosse is also a major college town with a large number of people who are 18 years or older and attending college. As is often the case in college towns, the many students that live in La Crosse have a strong influence on the local culture and entertainment scene, which may seem dormant by comparison in the summer months when much of the student population is away. In the fall, the return of students has a reinvigorating effect on the community. Because colleges are lasting institutions, they have a stabilizing effect on the economy by providing direct local benefits such as jobs for faculty and staff and spending by students. La Crosse’s economy is one such example of this.

Not only is La Crosse a city with many college students, but it also retains many recent graduates who are looking to start new careers, creating a very large population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile. That’s because La Crosse is full of single people in their 20s and 30s and who have undergraduate or graduate degrees and are starting careers in professional occupations. This makes La Crosse a pretty good place for young, educated career starters looking to find many people like themselves, with good opportunities for friendships, socializing, romance, and fun.

Residents of the city have the good fortune of having one of the shortest daily commutes compared to the rest of the country. On average, they spend only 17.50 minutes getting to work every day.

The population of La Crosse is very well educated relative to most cities and towns in the nation, where the average community has 21.84% of its adult population holding a 4-year degree or higher: 34.54% of adults in La Crosse have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.

The per capita income in La Crosse in 2018 was $29,643, which is lower middle income relative to Wisconsin, and middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $118,572 for a family of four. However, La Crosse contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

The people who call La Crosse home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of La Crosse residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in La Crosse include German, Norwegian, Irish, English, and Polish.

The most common language spoken in La Crosse is English. Other important languages spoken here include Miao/Hmong and Polish.