La Crosse is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Wisconsin. With a population of 52,306 people and 17 constituent neighborhoods, La Crosse is the 12th largest community in Wisconsin.
Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, La Crosse is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, La Crosse is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in La Crosse who work in office and administrative support (13.11%), sales jobs (10.75%), and food service (10.05%).
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.
Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of La Crosse spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 16.87 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.
The education level of La Crosse citizens is substantially higher than the typical US community, as 31.10% of adults in La Crosse have at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in La Crosse in 2010 was $22,345, 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 $89,380 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 Norwegian, Irish, Polish, and English.
The most common language spoken in La Crosse is English. Other important languages spoken here include Miao/Hmong and Spanish.