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  1. Public Schools
    A-
  2. Crime & Safety
    A-
  3. Housing
    B+
  4. Nightlife
    B
  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+
West Salem is a town in Wisconsin with a population of 5,013. West Salem is in La Crosse County and is one of the best places to live in Wisconsin. Living in West Salem offers residents a sparse suburban feel and most residents own their homes. Many families, young professionals, and retirees live in West Salem and residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools in West Salem are highly rated.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$180,000
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$907
National
$949
Area Feel
Sparse Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    30%
  • Own
    70%
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West Salem Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
A-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    79.1
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    19.8
    40.7
  • Robbery
    0
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    59.3
    500.1
  • Theft
    336.3
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    19.8
    284

Residents

Diversity
B-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    11%
  • 10-17 years
    13%
  • 18-24 years
    6%
  • 25-34 years
    13%
  • 35-44 years
    12%
  • 45-54 years
    14%
  • 55-64 years
    12%
  • 65+ years
    19%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    11%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    24%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    32%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    30%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    4%
    13%

Working in West Salem

Jobs
B+
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$56,530
National
$55,322

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West Salem Reviews

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West Salem, Wisconsin started off to me as a place to go swimming when we were kids. Although West Salem has been home to me only for a few years, I did attend West Salem High School for my senior year. I was bullied in my old high school and wanted a fresh start. Little did I would meet my husband in homeroom and spend another 5 years in a different area just to move back to a beautiful community. However, it is a place I would recommend to anyone who wants to start and build a family. It truly is a wonderful community. There are state fairs held here, parades, community events, small town coffee shops. Everything for either a perfect get-away, or a lifetime of happiness.
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I like the fact that West Salem In Wisconsin is a pretty remote area. It is a very small city (or village) and we are all fairly close. Everyone knows the community pretty well. There are plenty of downtown shops for you to look at and shop around in. Everyone is really friendly and hospitable. There are a ton of homes out of the country, and a lot of farms nearby. I am pretty content living in West Salem as I have for my entire life. I like the small town and country road feel in the city I live in.
It's incredibly boring and non-diverse here. If you're not white and straight, you stand out. Almost everyone here is Catholic or Lutheran. What can you do in town? Go to the library, the ice cream shop, a kwik trip station, or one of a few restaurants, I guess. Not much to say about the place... When I went to school there a few years ago, there were also many problems with bullying and drugs that the district likes to cover up. I would NEVER send my kids to one of their schools.