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%).
Because La Crosse has a very large number of students who are 18 years or older and in college, it is thought of as a college town. This has a major influence on local La Crosse lifestyle, entertainment, and culture in general. Life in La Crosse is very much tied to the academic calendar: when students return from the summer break in the fall, one will notice them out and about, buying groceries, out with friends, and generally getting re-acquainted with each other. In La Crosse people study hard and play hard, and there is ample opportunity to do both.
One of the benefits of La Crosse is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 16.87 minutes, which is substantially less than the national average. Not only does this mean that the drive to work is less aggravating, but noise and pollution levels are lower as a result.
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.