Introduction to Tomah, Wisconsin

Tomah, Wisconsin is 38 miles E of La Crosse, Wisconsin and 144 miles SE of St. Paul, Minnesota. It is in Monroe County. The population of the city is 8,419.

Tomah History

The city of Tomah was established in 1855. It was officially incorporated in 1883. Robert A. Gillett and Robert E. Gillett named the community after Thomas Carron, a local Native American Chief. Carron built a council house as the meeting place of the Winnebago and Menomonee. The Indians pronounced "Thoma’s as "Tomah."

Tomah and nearby Attractions

  • Necedah National Wildlife Refuge
  • Circus World Museum
  • Wildcat Mountain State Park
  • Children's Museum of La Crosse
  • Mirror Lake State Park
  • Castle Rock County Park

Things To Do In Tomah

The Ice Age National Scientific Reserve, the Elroy-Sparta State Trail and the Redrock Trail Rides are all accessible from Tomah. Local golf courses include the Spring Valley Golf Course, the Sparta Municipal Golf Club and the Hiawatha Golf Club. Saint Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Saint Mary’s Catholic Church and the Gloria Dei Lutheran Church are the local houses of worship. The Monroe County Fair is celebrated in Tomas every July.

Tomah Transportation

Central Wisconsin Airport is located nearby.

Tomah Higher Education

Winona State University, the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and Northcentral Technical College are accessible from Tomah.


Total Population 9,326
Male Share of the Population 52%
Female Share of the Population 48%
Senior Citizens 16.6%
Employed Population 16+ 4,016
Age of the Population 38


% of people married 44.7%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 18%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $53,485
% Above Poverty Level 84.8%
% Below Poverty Level 15.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 14 minutes
% Working from Home 1.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.9%
% Using Public Transportation %


People Living Alone 39.5%
Median Gross Rent $798
Median House Value $117,700


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 16.6%
US/American 0%
English 10.6%
Irish 14.1%

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

Tomah Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 38 miles E of La Crosse, Wisconsin (center to center)
Nearest Large City 144 miles SE of St. Paul, Minnesota
County Monroe
Standard Zip Codes 54660
Phone Area Codes 608
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 43.978
Longitude -90.503

Tomah Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Station MATHER 3 NW
Distance 15.7 miles
Jan Temp 3 to 23 F
Apr Temp 33 to 55 F
Jul Temp 57 to 81 F
Oct Temp 35 to 58 F
Annual Precip 34 inches
Station SPARTA
Distance 15.9 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
Distance 21.3 miles
Jan Temp 6 to 25 F
Apr Temp 34 to 59 F
Jul Temp 60 to 84 F
Oct Temp 38 to 61 F
Annual Precip 32.3 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Hustler 177 $46,667
Norwalk 656 $51,786
Oakdale 272 $62,188

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

Tomah Public Libraries

Tomah Public Library
Tomah, Wisconsin
(608) 374-7470
Library Web Site

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Tomah Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
(608) 372-2181
Emergency Service: Yes

Tomah VA Medical Center
500 E. Veterans Street
(608) 372-3971 or (800) 872-8662
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Tomah High Schools

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Serves 1,029 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.1

26232 CTH CA
A Non-traditional School
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 61 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 11.3

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