La Crosse, WI Profile: Facts & Data


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La Crosse, Wisconsin - Basic Facts

The City of La Crosse had a population of 52,720 as of July 1, 2018. La Crosse ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Wisconsin. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for La Crosse is located at latitude 43.8256 and longitude -91.224 in La Crosse County. The formal boundaries for the City of La Crosse (see map below) encompass a land area of 20.48 sq. miles and a water area of 2.04 sq. miles. La Crosse County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 669 feet.

The City of La Crosse (GNIS ID: 1583499) has a C5 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that is independent of any county subdivision and serves as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

Alternate Unofficial Names for La Crosse: Gateway City, Lac Rosse, Lacrosse, Prairie La Crosse, Prairie la Crosse.

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La Crosse, WI Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2018)


Total Population 52,720
Population in Households 47,620
Population in Familes 27,342
Population in Group Qrtrs 5,100
Population Density2 2,574
Diversity Index3 25


Median Household Income $40,492
Average Household Income $56,288
Per Capita Income $23,897


Total Housing Units 23,265 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 10,863 (46.7%)
Renter Occupied HU 10,954 (47.1%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,448 ( 6.2%)
Median Home Value $136,048
Average Home Value $161,211


Total Households 21,817
Average Household Size 2.18
Family Households 9,709
Average Family Size 3
  1. Demographics are point estimates for July 1st of the current year and each for the forecast years. See References for more information.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.


2010-2018 2018-2023
Population 0.33% 0.27%
Households 0.22% 0.3%
Families 0.02% 0.04%
Median Household Income   0.96%
Per Capita Income   1.82%

La Crosse, WI - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares La Crosse to the other 774 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Wisconsin by rank and percentile using July 1, 2018 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 12 99th
Population Density # 26 97th
Diversity Index # 154 80th
Median Household Income # 702 9th
Per Capita Income # 622 20th

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