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Overview
Population:114,718
Pop. Change:7%
State: Wisconsin
Metro Area:La_Crosse
County:La Crosse County
City:La Crosse, Onalaska, ... 17 total
Zip Code:54601, 54650, ... 8 total
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La Crosse's Real Estate Market
 • Newly Listed Homes
 • Most Expensive Listing
 • Million Dollar Houses
 • Homes from $750,001 to $1,000,000
 • Homes from $500,001 to $750,000
 • Homes from $250,000 to $500,000
 • Homes under $250,000
 • Median Priced Homes
 • Median Condominiums


La Crosse Metro Area

Profile: Small city

Location: Extreme southwest Wisconsin along Mississippi River and I-90, 60 miles west of Rochester, Minnesota

Elevation: 838

Time zone: Central Standard Time

PROCON
Attractive settingRecent job declines
Small-town atmosphereHarsh winters
Low crime rateIsolation

Eighteenth-century European travelers and trappers founded La Crosse as a crossing point over the Mississippi River. Today’s balanced economic base includes mixed agriculture, orchards, and dairy farms alongside businesses in manufacturing, furniture, mail-order, and food distribution, but recently the employment picture has turned negative. The G. Heilemann Brewery, fronted by a giant six-pack of beer, gives a hint at the good-natured character of the town. The river setting is attractive, with scenic, wooded bluffs on both sides of the river. There are some localized arts and museum amenities, and the town has a number of historic buildings and several pubs. It won a 2002 National Trust for Historic Preservation Great American Main Street Award, and downtown is generally attractive and livable as is typical for the region. Costs of living and housing are reasonable. A large Lutheran hospital and a Mayo Clinic affiliate bring a strong health care presence, in the shadow of health care giant Rochester, Minnesota which also adds some services and amenities not available locally. The area is one of the coldest in Wisconsin and the country. The ranking took a hit from the recent economic speed bump but the area is probably better for most than the figures indicate.

The city of La Crosse sits on the east bank of the Mississippi River at the confluence of the Mississippi, Black, and La Crosse rivers. Bluffs rise 500 feet above the valley floor. Heavily wooded, steep-sided hills with narrow valleys are characteristic of the region. The invigorating continental climate and storm-track location result in wide and frequent variations in temperature. Summers are warm with moderate humidity and periods of weeklong heat. Summer precipitation arrives as scattered thunderstorms, some severe. Winters are cold and variably humid. Snow is frequent, occasionally heavy, and is the prominent form of winter precipitation. The location west of the Great Lakes results in more sunny days than most Wisconsin cities. First freeze is mid-October, last is late April.

Interesting Facts about La_Crosse County

As of 2014, La Crosse County's population is 114,718 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of 7.09 percent.

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The median home cost in La Crosse County is $157,900. Home appreciation the last year has been 3.00 percent.

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Compared to the rest of the country, La Crosse County's cost of living is 0.80% Lower than the U.S. average.

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La Crosse County public schools spend $13,489 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $12,435. There are about 13.6 students per teacher in La Crosse County.

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The unemployment rate in La Crosse County is 4.40 percent(U.S. avg. is 6.30%). Recent job growth is Positive. La Crosse County jobs have Increased by 1.74 percent.


Ranked #8 Most Secure Places to Live 2011 (Small Towns)
Ranked #12 Most Secure Places to Live in the U.S. (Small Towns)
Ranked #13 Best Green Cities
Ranked #16 America's Best and Worst Cities for Crime (Smallest Metro Areas)
Ranked #17 Most Competitive Public Colleges
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Average Commute time is 19 minutes. The National Average is 25 minutes.

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La Crosse County's Real Estate Market (click to see properties)

 • Newly Listed Homes
 • Most Expensive Listing
 • Million Dollar Houses
 • Homes from $750,001 to $1,000,000
 • Homes from $500,001 to $750,000
 • Homes from $250,000 to $500,000
 • Homes under $250,000
 • Median Priced Homes


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