La Crosse is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Wisconsin. With a population of 51,227 people and 17 constituent neighborhoods, La Crosse is the 12th largest community in Wisconsin.
La Crosse is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, La Crosse is a city of service providers, professionals, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in La Crosse who work in food service (12.28%), office and administrative support (11.97%), and sales jobs (9.43%).
Also of interest is that La Crosse has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
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, shaping the character of the city into a place that is geared toward, and considered attractive to, many single, educated people. Many singles consider La Crosse a good place to live without being in a really big city, with opportunities for friendships and fun with others like themselves.
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 17.36 minutes getting to work every day.
The citizens of La Crosse are very well educated compared to the average community in the nation: 35.49% of adults in La Crosse have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.
The per capita income in La Crosse in 2018 was $26,827, 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 $107,308 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.