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  6. Diversity
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  7. Jobs
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La Crosse is a town in Wisconsin with a population of 52,140. La Crosse is in La Crosse County and is one of the best places to live in Wisconsin. Living in La Crosse offers residents a suburban feel and most residents rent their homes. In La Crosse there are a lot of bars and parks. Many young professionals live in La Crosse and residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools in La Crosse are highly rated.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$131,700
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$722
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    52%
  • Own
    48%
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La Crosse Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    145
    283
  • Murder
    0
    6
  • Rape
    56
    41
  • Robbery
    67
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    699
    500
  • Theft
    3,343
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    107
    284
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Residents

Diversity
B
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$40,899
National
$55,322
Children
12%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    12%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    21%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    35%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    25%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    7%
    13%
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La Crosse is a town between beautiful bluffs and the scenic Mississippi River. The bluffs offer many hiking and mountain biking options and the river offers sandbars, boating, kayaking/canoeing, fishing and swimming options. The town encourages a healthy lifestyle by including bike lanes on the streets and roads. There are also many trails that link to neighboring communities. The restaurant options are very diverse; some for the health and environmentally conscious to those looking for the best steak around! There many artists in the community and several of the privately owned coffee shops proudly display and sell these artists' work. I have worked in La Crosse for many years and live very nearby. It is where I plan to call home for years to come.
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I loved La Crosse! Was there for about 11 years (since I was 5), and I am proud to call it my home! I still call it home even though I moved to Minneapolis. I lived in the suburban neighborhood, then I moved to Holmen (about 20 min away), and then back to La Crosse by the bluffs! Whenever I think of home I think of the beautiful green bluffs that I hiked up. You will love the scenery and the safety of La Crosse! I love the many community events that occur. I loved going to Myrick Park and Riverside Park. Truly shows the beauty of La Crosse. Schools are geared toward your children's success in every aspect of their life. La Crosse is a great place to live if you want to see your child succeed in a safe, beautiful, and diverse environment!
La Crosse is an amazing place to call home! It is nestled between the bluffs, and sits along the mighty Mississippi. If I were to rate La Crosse on a scale of 1 to 10 on beauty, I would for sure give it a 10 ! I would say that the only real downside to living in La Crosse is that it does not have the best selection when it comes to job opportunities. Luckily, the surrounding area has many job opportunities, and the drive to and from work is spectacular!