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Overview

Introduction to Onalaska, Wisconsin

Onalaska, Wisconsin, in La Crosse county, is 5 miles N of La Crosse, Wisconsin and 117 miles SE of St. Paul, Minnesota. Part of the surrounding La Crosse metro area, Onalaska is home to some 14,839 residents.

Onalaska History

The city of Onalaska was founded by Thomas G. Rowe and John C. Laird in 1851. It originally began as a hub for lumber and other related industries. It is said that the name of the city was inspired by a poem written by Thomas Campbell called "The Pleasures of Hope," which was about an Aleutian fishing village called Oonalaska.

Onalaska and nearby Attractions

  • Myrick Park Zoo
  • Gumu Bowuguan - Ancient Han Tombs
  • La Crosse Doll Museum
  • Children’s Museum of La Crosse
  • Swarthout Museum
  • Forest Hills Golf Course

Things To Do In Onalaska

The Myrick Park Zoo and the Hidden Trails Corn Maze are accessible from Onalaska. Nearby museums include the Children’s Museum of La Crosse, the Swarthout Museum and the La Crosse Doll Museum. Golfers can enjoy a round at the Cedar Creek Country Club. Local festivals include the Legion Community Days and Sunfish Days.

Onalaska Transportation

La Crosse Municipal Airport is nearby.

Onalaska Higher Education

Nearby colleges and universities include the Western Wisconsin Technical College, the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, Winona State University and Luther College.

People

Total Population 18,255
Male Share of the Population 46.4%
Female Share of the Population 53.6%
Senior Citizens 17%
Employed Population 16+ 9,060
Age of the Population 40

Families

% of people married 56.9%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 35%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $70,288
% Above Poverty Level 91.3%
% Below Poverty Level 8.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 17 minutes
% Working from Home 3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.2%
% Using Public Transportation 0.5%

Housing

People Living Alone 25.6%
Median Gross Rent $790
Median House Value $168,500

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 12.7%
US/American 0%
English 5.5%
Irish 13.1%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Onalaska Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 5 miles N of La Crosse, Wisconsin (center to center)
Nearest Large City 117 miles SE of St. Paul, Minnesota
County La Crosse
Metro Area La Crosse
Standard Zip Codes 54650
Phone Area Codes 608
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 43.884
Longitude -91.235

Onalaska Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station LA CROSSE MUNICIPAL AP
Distance 0.8 miles
Jan Temp 6 to 26 F
Apr Temp 37 to 60 F
Jul Temp 63 to 85 F
Oct Temp 40 to 61 F
Annual Precip 32.3 inches
Station TREMPEALEAU DAM 6
Distance 12.7 miles
Jan Temp 6 to 24 F
Apr Temp 37 to 58 F
Jul Temp 63 to 83 F
Oct Temp 40 to 60 F
Annual Precip 32.9 inches
Station SPARTA
Distance 21.1 miles
Jan Temp 3 to 24 F
Apr Temp 34 to 57 F
Jul Temp 59 to 83 F
Oct Temp 37 to 60 F
Annual Precip 33 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Bangor 1,435 $70,625
Galesville 1,495 $69,226
Holmen 9,432 $77,808
La Crosse 51,993 $57,690

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

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Onalaska High Schools

ONALASKA HI
700 HILLTOPPER PL
608-783-4561
Serves 915 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16

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