Onalaska, WI
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Onalaska is a medium-sized city located in the state of Wisconsin. With a population of 18,468 people and four constituent neighborhoods, Onalaska is the 43rd largest community in Wisconsin.

Onalaska is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Onalaska is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Onalaska who work in office and administrative support (13.07%), healthcare (11.65%), and management occupations (10.59%).

Also of interest is that Onalaska has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Onalaska spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 18.68 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.

The population of Onalaska 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: 35.02% of adults in Onalaska have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.

The per capita income in Onalaska in 2010 was $33,249, which is wealthy relative to Wisconsin and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $132,996 for a family of four. However, Onalaska contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Onalaska is a somewhat ethnically-diverse city. 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, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Onalaska include Norwegian, Irish, Polish, and English.

The most common language spoken in Onalaska is English. Other important languages spoken here include Miao/Hmong and Spanish.

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