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.
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.
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.
One of the benefits of La Crosse is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 17.36 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 population of La Crosse 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: 35.49% 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.