Skip to Main Content
  1. Public Schools
    A
  2. Crime & Safety
    A-
  3. Housing
    A-
  4. Nightlife
    A
  5. Good for Families
    A
  6. Diversity
    B
  7. Jobs
    B+
  8. Weather
    C+
  9. Cost of Living
    B
  10. Health & Fitness
    B
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B+
  12. Commute
    B
Onalaska is a town in Wisconsin with a population of 18,546. Onalaska is in La Crosse County and is one of the best places to live in Wisconsin. Living in Onalaska offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Onalaska there are a lot of bars, restaurants, and parks. Many families and young professionals live in Onalaska and residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools in Onalaska are highly rated.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$189,000
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$865
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    33%
  • Own
    67%
Sponsored Mortgage Options for Onalaska
Get Rates
  • $0 Lender Fee on Home Loans Limited Time Only
  • Biggest Home Loan Sale Ever. Low interest rates. Get a quote today!
Niche may be compensated by the third party lenders and others who place ads on the website. Niche is not a lender and does not endorse the products of these advertisers. Fees that Niche receives for ads do not affect the terms you may be offered by the lender you choose. There are many additional borrowing options available.

Onalaska Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
A-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    31.8
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    0
    40.7
  • Robbery
    0
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    116.8
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,048.7
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    37.2
    284

Residents

Diversity
B
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    11%
  • 10-17 years
    12%
  • 18-24 years
    8%
  • 25-34 years
    12%
  • 35-44 years
    12%
  • 45-54 years
    13%
  • 55-64 years
    13%
  • 65+ years
    19%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    15%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    22%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    35%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    22%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    6%
    13%

Working in Onalaska

Jobs
B+
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$57,229
National
$55,322
Places like Onalaska
More

Onalaska Reviews

51 reviews
All Categories
In this region, the community provides a very safe neighborhood to walk around. There are nice neighboring houses that makes this place enjoyable to stay. The city is clean and safe for children to play around and it happens to be right next to the beautiful Mississippi river! Every morning you wake up, you are greeted with the nice Mississippi river and the far mountains in the distance which gives you a calming feeling as you enjoy your way to work or school.
Start Your Review of Onalaska
Rate It!
Onalaska is beautiful nature-wise because of the bluffs and river. The houses are priced well and it feels very safe here. La Crosse County's chain stores and chain restaurants are located here, but many have been going out of business recently. Onalaska is also known in the area for being La Crosse's whiter, wealthier neighbor. The wealthy people here run everything and their kids run the public schools, getting all of the awards and scholarships. The rich neighborhoods with clubs for stay-at-home-moms and roads that are always maintained and plowed well (shock) include Aspen Valley, the Country Club area, area behind Coulee Golf course, and Meadow Wood neighborhood near Home Depot. I personally prefer living in a middle-class neighborhood here with a more diverse, interesting variety of people. Overall, it's a very "basic" place, and people who are "different" (non-white, lgbt+, vegan, etc.) may not feel home here.
My family moved to Onalaska in 2011 when my Dad was based in Minneapolis for Delta Airlines. Every since we moved, we have found that it is easy to get involved and that the town itself has very accessible locations. Usually a commute take no longer than 10 minutes. We live in the Aspen Valley neighborhood and the community that surrounds us there is very supportive, safe, and most importantly, friendly!