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The City of La Crosse offers an award-winning quality of life that helps employers attract and retain a high quality workforce. Sometimes the best benefit you can give an employee is the one that affects your bottom line. It’s living in a community that’s safe. It’s having good schools for your children. It’s being a part of a community that takes pride in itself. It’s having sports and activities year-round that bring your family and employees closer together. It’s having world-class health care and three colleges within easy reach.

The low cost of living you give to your employees are felt the moment you locate your business in La Crosse. These benefits contribute to a loyal employee population, and help you recruit from all over the country. La Crosse is a good place to live, a good place to raise a family, a good place to start a business and great place to grow a company. We may live on a lazy river…but this is a community that works.

Quality of Life

Gorgeous bluffs rising to the east and the river and bluffs to the west; La Crosse is nestled in a most unique scenic area. La Crosse boasts the confluence of three rivers: the Mississippi River, the Black River, and the La Crosse River.

The bluffs, rivers, forests and prairies offer exceptional recreational activities: The City of La Crosse has 42 parks scattered throughout the City; the most popular are those along the banks of the rivers.

Shopping, dining, arts & entertainment, historic downtown La Crosse offers experiences not found elsewhere. Unique restaurants and side walk cafés and coffee shops intermingle with boutiques and places for late night entertainment. The Pump House Regional Arts Center features art exhibits, the La Crosse Community Theatre offers productions, and music lovers will be in awe of the La Crosse Symphony, local jazz concerts, or rock-n-roll bands.

In La Crosse you’ll find opportunities for higher education in both UW-La Crosse, Viterbo University, and Western Technical College. These colleges can academically prepare you or your kids for future careers. The importance of a good education begins with a wide variety of preschools and continues through excellent public and parochial K-12 schools.

La Crosse at a Glance

  • City Population: 51,320
  • Metropolitan Statistical Area Population: 133,665
  • Unemployment rate, MSA: 4.63% (First 3 quarters of 2014) 
  • Per Capita Income: $20,592
  • Median Family Income: $41,090
  • Median Age: 29.2
  • Higher Education Institutions: 3
  • Medical Institutions (hospital beds): 2 (656)
  • Miles of Trails (Hiking, Biking, CC Skiing): 40
  • Golf Courses (within 15 min): 10
  • Average Home Price: $125,000
  • Lodging Rooms: 1,222