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 (12.57%), sales jobs (11.19%), and food service (10.02%).
In addition, La Crosse is a major college town that has a very high percentage of its residents over 18 years old who are college students. Naturally, collegiate life has a major influence on local La Crosse culture, lifestyle and entertainment options. La Crosse really pulses to the beat of the academic calendar. In La Crosse every fall, returning students reinvigorate the community, who you will notice are all over town, buying groceries, out with friends, and getting acquainted or re-acquainted with each other and La Crosse. One of the beneficial effects that colleges provide is that they tend to be lasting institutions that deliver direct economic benefits to the local economy in the form of such things as jobs for faculty and staff, and spending by students. La Crosse benefits directly from 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 16.75 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 30.57% of adults in La Crosse have at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in La Crosse in 2010 was $21,723, 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 $86,892 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.