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. It is part of the surrounding La Crosse metro area.

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.

Demographics

People

Total Population18,546
Male Share of the Population46.9%
Female Share of the Population53.1%
Senior Citizens19.4%
Employed Population 16+9,068
Age of the Population41

Families

% of people married53.3%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher33.6%
Median Earnings25+$42,152
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$27,794
Median Earnings With High School Degree$28,654

Wealth

Median Family Income$79,250
% Above Poverty Level93.4%
% Below Poverty Level6.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time17 minutes
% Working from Home2.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work0.7%
% Using Public Transportation0.1%

Housing

People Living Alone28.7%
Median Gross Rent$865
Median House Value$189,000

Ancestry

German41%
Norwegian17.9%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)14.7%
Irish13.8%
English6.7%
Polish5.7%
Swedish3.2%
Italian2.5%
Czech2.2%
Dutch1.8%
Canadian1.7%
French Except Basque1.5%
Swiss1.3%
Austrian0.8%
Danishn0.8%
Scottish0.8%
Greek0.6%
Welsh0.5%
Arab0.4%
Lebanese0.3%
Luxemburger0.2%
Russian0.2%
Finnish0.2%
Belgian0.2%
Croatian0.1%
West Indian0.1%
Syrian0.1%
Egyptian0.1%
Portuguese0.1%
Slovak0.1%
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Onalaska Almanac

CategoryValue
CountyLa Crosse County
Standard Zip Codes54650
Phone Area Codes608
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude43.88
Approximate Longitude-91.21

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)

StationLA CROSSE MUNICIPAL AP
Distance0.8 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
StationTREMPEALEAU DAM 6
Distance12.7 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
StationSPARTA
Distance21.1 miles
Jan Temp3 to 24 F
Apr Temp34 to 57 F
Jul Temp59 to 83 F
Oct Temp37 to 60 F
Annual Precip33 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Bangor1,293$84,038
Galesville1,794$71,923
Holmen9,909$90,215
La Crosse51,866$64,193
Trempealeau1,742$74,000
West Salem5,013$77,731

Onalaska Public Schools

Eagle Bluff Elementary
200 Eagle Bluff Ct
ZIP: 54650
(608) 783-2453
Primary
Total Enrollment 424
Northern Hills Elementary
511 Spruce St
ZIP: 54650
(608) 783-4542
Primary
Total Enrollment 504
Onalaska High
700 Hilltopper Pl
ZIP: 54650
(608) 783-4561
High
Total Enrollment 870
Onalaska Kindergarten Center
200 Eagle Bluff Ct
ZIP: 54650
(608) 783-2453
Primary
Total Enrollment 264
Onalaska Middle
711 Quincy St
ZIP: 54650
(608) 783-5366
Middle
Total Enrollment 662
Pertzsch Elementary
524 Main St
ZIP: 54650
(608) 783-5644
Primary
Total Enrollment 364

Onalaska Private Schools

Luther High School
1501 Wilson St
ZIP: 54650
Secondary
Total Enrollment 278
St Patrick School
127 11th Ave N
ZIP: 54650
Elementary
Total Enrollment 171
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