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Overview

Introduction to La Crosse, Wisconsin

La Crosse is situated along the Mississippi River in the western portion of Wisconsin in La Crosse County. The city consists of the north and south sections which are divided by a prominent marshland. Picturesque bluffs surround the city's prairie landscape. It's recognized as a college town and is also a prominent commercial center. Due to the three colleges the municipality is recognized as a technology and medical center.

History

In 1765 Lt. Zebulon Pike lead an expedition along the Mississippi for the United States. He gave the name "Prairie La Crosse" after watching Indians involved in a contest utilizing sticks which were similar to a bishop's crozier or la crosse in the French language. The first non-native settlement was established in 1841 as a fur trading post by Nathan Myrick. La Crosse was incorporated in 1856.

In the second half of the 19th century the municipality became one of the largest cities in the state. The lumber and the brewing industries were thriving. Various manufacturing businesses were established due to the nearby transportation provided by the Mississippi River and the railroad. La Crosse became a prominent education center with the establishment of three colleges between 1890 and 1912.

Entertainment and Culture

La Crosse serves as the cultural base for the Three Rivers area and includes a large number of art organizations. The Pump House Regional Arts Center features a variety of art exhibits as well as jazz, blues and folk music. The La Crosse Community Theater has received national acclaim. Residents and visitors enjoy the music performed by the local symphony and chamber chorale. The downtown has numerous restaurants, shops, upscale hotels and a very active nightlife which features a large number of bars and nightclubs. The La Crosse Center hosts a variety of events.

Activities

Skiing enthusiasts enjoy the Mount La Crosse ski area. Riverside Park provides an extensive walkway which offers scenic views. Numerous trails traverse through the bluffs and provide excellent views. Pettibone Park includes a beach and is situated on an island in the Mississippi River. Taking a riverboat ride is popular with visitors.

The nearby Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge is a very popular site for bird watching and boating. The notable Goose Island Park and Campground is situated on a wooded island in the Mississippi River and provides excellent opportunities for fishing, canoeing, waterfowl hunting, hiking and camping. Great River & La Crosse River Bike Trails passes through prairie and forest areas. Archeological sites as well as an abundance of wildlife can be seen along the trails.

Attractions

  • City Brewery provides tours of their facility
  • Hixon House was formerly the home of a lumber tycoon and features interesting architecture and original furnishings
  • Riverfest
  • Oktoberfest
  • Riverside Museum
  • Valley View Mall is a major shopping location
  • Mississippi Valley Archeology Center showcases a variety of artifacts including items from the Ice Age
  • Onalaska Museum features a wide variety of noteworthy exhibits
  • Bangor Commercial Historic District
  • Hussa Brewery Complex

Transportation

The city is served by the La Crosse Municipal Airport.

Higher Education

The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, the Western Technical College and the Roman Catholic Viterbo University are located in the city.

Demographics

People

Total Population52,140
Male Share of the Population47.4%
Female Share of the Population52.6%
Senior Citizens13.2%
Employed Population 16+28,182
Age of the Population28

Families

% of people married31.3%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher32.9%
Median Earnings25+$31,307
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$22,401
Median Earnings With High School Degree$25,018

Wealth

Median Family Income$60,772
% Above Poverty Level74.4%
% Below Poverty Level25.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time15 minutes
% Working from Home2.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work12.8%
% Using Public Transportation2.1%

Housing

People Living Alone35.6%
Median Gross Rent$722
Median House Value$131,700

Ancestry

German43%
Norwegian18.2%
Irish13.6%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)13.3%
English6.3%
Polish6%
French Except Basque3.9%
Italian3%
Dutch2.2%
Swedish2.2%
Czech2%
Scottish1.2%
Danishn1.1%
Swiss1%
Russian0.7%
Canadian0.6%
Arab0.4%
Austrian0.4%
African0.3%
Welsh0.3%
Greek0.3%
Finnish0.3%
Belgian0.2%
Croatian0.2%
Hungarian0.2%
Lebanese0.2%
Ukrainian0.2%
Syrian0.1%
Slovak0.1%
Luxemburger0.1%
Icelander0.1%
US/American0.1%
Lithuanian0.1%
Slovene0.1%
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La Crosse Almanac

CategoryValue
County La Crosse County
Standard Zip Codes54601, 54603
P.O. Box Zip Codes54602
Phone Area Codes608
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude43.82
Approximate Longitude-91.23

La Crosse Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationLA CROSSE MUNICIPAL AP
Distance5.7 miles
Jan Temp6 to 26 F
Apr Temp37 to 60 F
Jul Temp63 to 85 F
Oct Temp40 to 61 F
Annual Precip32.3 inches
StationGENOA DAM 8
Distance16.2 miles
Jan Temp8 to 25 F
Apr Temp38 to 58 F
Jul Temp64 to 83 F
Oct Temp42 to 60 F
Annual Precip33.3 inches
StationTREMPEALEAU DAM 6
Distance16.8 miles
Jan Temp6 to 24 F
Apr Temp37 to 58 F
Jul Temp63 to 83 F
Oct Temp40 to 60 F
Annual Precip32.9 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Chaseburg301$68,125
Coon Valley702$61,667
Holmen9,513$79,704
Onalaska18,396$69,599
Stoddard879$79,167
West Salem4,949$83,594

La Crosse Public Libraries

La Crosse Public Library
800 MAIN ST.
La Crosse, Wisconsin
(608) 789-7100

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La Crosse Hospitals

Gundersen Luth Med Ctr
(Non-profit)
1910 South Ave
(608) 782-7300
Mayo Clinic Hlth System- Franciscan Med Ctr
(Non-profit)
700 West Avenue South
(608) 785-0940

La Crosse Public Schools

7 Rivers Community High School
807 East Ave S
ZIP: 54601
(608) 789-7700
Other
Total Enrollment 40
Central High
1801 Losey Blvd S
ZIP: 54601
(608) 789-7900
High
Total Enrollment 1042
Coulee Montessori Charter School
1611 Kane St
ZIP: 54601
(608) 789-7760
Primary
Total Enrollment 157
Emerson Elementary
2101 Campbell Rd
ZIP: 54601
(608) 789-7990
Primary
Total Enrollment 360
Hamilton Early Learning Center
1111 7th St S
ZIP: 54601
(608) 789-7695
Primary
Total Enrollment 180
Hintgen Elementary
3505 28th St S
ZIP: 54601
(608) 789-7767
Primary
Total Enrollment 358
La Crosse Design Institute
1900 Denton St
ZIP: 54601
(608) 789-7670
Middle
Total Enrollment 61
La Crosse Offsite Preschool
807 East Ave S
ZIP: 54601
(608) 789-7006
Primary
Total Enrollment 136
Lacrossroads Charter
1801 Losey Blvd S
ZIP: 54601
(608) 789-7700
High
Total Enrollment 56
Lincoln Middle
510 9th St S
ZIP: 54601
(608) 789-7780
Middle
Total Enrollment 358
Longfellow Middle
1900 Denton St
ZIP: 54601
(608) 789-7670
Middle
Total Enrollment 506
North Woods International School
2541 Sablewood Rd
ZIP: 54601
(608) 789-7000
Primary
Total Enrollment 410
Northside Elementary
1611 Kane St
ZIP: 54601
(608) 789-7760
Primary
Total Enrollment 395
School Of Technology And Arts I
1111 7th St S
ZIP: 54601
(608) 789-7695
Primary
Total Enrollment 122
School Of Technology And Arts Ii
510 9th St S
ZIP: 54601
(608) 789-7780
Middle
Total Enrollment 34
Southern Bluffs Elementary
4010 Sunnyside Dr
ZIP: 54601
(608) 789-7020
Primary
Total Enrollment 336
Spence Elementary
2150 Bennett St
ZIP: 54601
(608) 789-7773
Primary
Total Enrollment 379
State Road Elementary
3900 Pammel Creek Rd
ZIP: 54601
(608) 789-7690
Primary
Total Enrollment 290
Logan High
1500 Ranger Dr
ZIP: 54603
(608) 789-7700
High
Total Enrollment 804
Logan Middle
1450 Avon St
ZIP: 54603
(608) 789-7740
Middle
Total Enrollment 435
Summit Environmental School
1800 Lakeshore Dr
ZIP: 54603
(608) 789-7980
Primary
Total Enrollment 355

La Crosse Private Schools

Aquinas High School
315 11th St S
ZIP: 54601
Secondary
Total Enrollment 353
Aquinas Middle School
315 11th St S
ZIP: 54601
Secondary
Total Enrollment 121
Blessed Sacrament School
2404 King St
ZIP: 54601
Elementary
Total Enrollment 153
Chileda
1825 Victory St
ZIP: 54601
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 48
Faith Baptist School
3615 28th St S
ZIP: 54601
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 26
Family And Children Centers Alternative Education
1707 Main St
ZIP: 54601
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 45
First Evangelical Lutheran School
520 West Ave S
ZIP: 54601
Elementary
Total Enrollment 99
Mt Calvary-grace Lutheran School
1614 Park Ave
ZIP: 54601
Elementary
Total Enrollment 32
Immanuel Lutheran School
806 Saint Paul St
ZIP: 54603
Elementary
Total Enrollment 58
Providence Academy
716 Windsor St
ZIP: 54603
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 108
Three Rivers Waldorf School
901 Caledonia St
ZIP: 54603
Elementary
Total Enrollment 71
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