La Crosse County, WI

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Population

117,582

0.0374% growth

Poverty Rate

14.4%


Median Age

35.5


Median Household Income

$54,127

5.15% growth

Number of Employees

62,589

0.179% growth

Median Property Value

$161,300

1.64% growth

About

In 2017, La Crosse County, WI had a population of 118k people with a median age of 35.5 and a median household income of $54,127. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of La Crosse County, WI grew from 117,538 to 117,582, a 0.0374% increase and its median household income grew from $51,477 to $54,127, a 5.15% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in La Crosse County, WI are White (Non-Hispanic) (90.3%), Asian (Non-Hispanic) (4.4%), Two or More Races (Non-Hispanic) (1.79%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (1.32%), and White (Hispanic) (0.867%). N/A% of the people in La Crosse County, WI speak a non-English language, and 99.1% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in La Crosse County, WI are University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (2,490 degrees awarded in 2017), Western Technical College (240170) (1,641 degrees), and Viterbo University (1,088 degrees).

The median property value in La Crosse County, WI is $161,300, and the homeownership rate is 63.8%. Most people in La Crosse County, WI commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 17.4 minutes. The average car ownership in La Crosse County, WI is 2 cars per household.

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COVID-19

Total Confirmed Cases by Date

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Impact on Employment

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Community Mobility

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Economy

The economy of La Crosse County, WI employs 62.6k people. The largest industries in La Crosse County, WI are Health Care & Social Assistance (12,371 people), Retail Trade (8,965 people), and Manufacturing (7,644 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($54,427), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($52,614), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($50,170).

Median household income in La Crosse County, WI is $54,127. Males in La Crosse County, WI have an average income that is 1.33 times higher than the average income of females, which is $46,291. The income inequality in La Crosse County, WI (measured using the Gini index) is 0.453, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$54,127

2017 value

± $1,324

5.15%

1 Year Growth

± 3.33%

Households in La Crosse County, WI have a median annual income of $54,127, which is less than the median annual income of $61,937 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $51,477 in 2016, which represents a 5.15% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$61,348

Average Male Salary

± $1,322

$46,291

Average Female Salary

± $998

In 2017, full-time male employees in Wisconsin made 1.33 times more than female employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. Asian

    $51,905 ± $6,236

  2. White

    $46,737 ± $788

  3. Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander

    $43,959 ± $36,574

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Wisconsin workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.11 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for La Crosse County, WI is from Wisconsin.

0.453

2017 Wage GINI

0.452

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Wisconsin was 0.453 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.212% growth from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even.

The 2017 the GINI for Wisconsin was lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Wisconsin in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in Wisconsin across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

  1. Census Tract 104.01

  2. Census Tract 102.02

  3. Census Tract 106

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in La Crosse County, WI was Census Tract 104.01 with a value of $90,398, followed by Census Tract 102.02 and Census Tract 106, with respective values of $79,257 and $78,629.

The following map shows all of the tracts in La Crosse County, WI colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 18 - 24

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

14.4% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in La Crosse County, WI (16.2k out of 112k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 13.1%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 18 - 24, followed by Males 18 - 24 and then Females 25 - 34.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. White

    13,843 ± 807

  2. Asian

    996 ± 221

  3. Hispanic

    722 ± 192

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in La Crosse County, WI is White, followed by Asian and Hispanic.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

62.6k

2017 Value

± 1,527

0.179%

1 Year growth

± 3.51%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in La Crosse County, WI grew at a rate of 0.179%, from 62.5k employees to 62.6k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in La Crosse County, WI, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (8,338 people), Sales & Related Occupations (6,028 people), and Management Occupations (5,468 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of La Crosse County, WI.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of La Crosse County, WI, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (8,338 people), Sales & Related Occupations (6,028 people), and Management Occupations (5,468 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, La Crosse County, WI has an unusually high number of residents working as Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations (1.5 times higher than expected), Healthcare Support Occupations (1.4 times), and Health Technologists & Technicians (1.38 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of La Crosse County, WI, by median earnings, are Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($66,194), Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($60,417), and Management Occupations ($60,171).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

62.6k

2017 Value

± 1,527

0.179%

1 Year growth

± 3.51%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in La Crosse County, WI grew at a rate of 0.179%, from 62.5k employees to 62.6k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in La Crosse County, WI, are Health Care & Social Assistance (12,371 people), Retail Trade (8,965 people), and Manufacturing (7,644 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of La Crosse County, WI, though some of these residents may live in La Crosse County, WI and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in La Crosse County, WI, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (12,371 people), Retail Trade (8,965 people), and Manufacturing (7,644 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, La Crosse County, WI has an unusually high number of Health Care & Social Assistance (1.43 times higher than expected), Retail Trade (1.25 times), and Manufacturing (1.21 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in La Crosse County, WI, by median earnings, are Utilities ($54,427), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($52,614), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($50,170).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Wisconsin to other states, or from other states to Wisconsin.

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $41.9B

  2. $30.3B

  3. $29.6B

In 2015, the top outbound Wisconsin product (by dollars) was Other foodstuffs with $41.9B, followed by Machinery ($30.3B) and Mixed freight ($29.6B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Wisconsin products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$356B

2020 Value

$493B

Projected 2045 Value

38.5% growth

In 2020, total outbound Wisconsin trade was $356B. This is expected to increase 38.5% to $493B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Wisconsin trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Wisconsin to other states, or from other states to Wisconsin.

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $31.3B

  2. $29.3B

  3. $11.1B

In 2015, the top outbound Wisconsin domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Illinois with $31.3B, followed by Minnesota with $29.3B and Michigan and $11.1B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Wisconsin shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Health

94.5% of the population of La Crosse County, WI has health coverage, with 58.9% on employee plans, 11% on Medicaid, 10.1% on Medicare, 12.8% on non-group plans, and 1.7% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the county of La Crosse County, WI was $8,702 in 2014. This is a 6.26% increase from the previous year ($8,189).

Primary care physicians in La Crosse County, WI see 704 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.285% increase from the previous year (702 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1104 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 371 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Adams County and Menominee County have the highest prevalence of diabetes (13.1%). Additionally, Menominee County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (45.1%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

704 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in La Crosse County, WI see an average of 704 patients per year. This represents a 0.285% increase from the previous year (702 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in La Crosse County, WI in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.

Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

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Health Care Spending

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$8,702

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$5,159

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$7,057

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$9,608

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Wisconsin (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 6.26%, from $8,189 to $8,702.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

5.46%

Uninsured

58.9%

Employer Coverage

11%

Medicaid

10.1%

Medicare

12.8%

Non-Group

1.7%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in La Crosse County, WI declined by 7.85% from 5.93% to 5.46%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in La Crosse County, WI changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.

Most at risk counties

  1. 13.1% prevalence

  2. 13.1% prevalence

  3. 12.4% prevalence

Adams County and Menominee County have the highest prevalence of diabetes in Wisconsin, at 13.1%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in Wisconsin by county over multiple years.

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Diversity

La Crosse County, WI is home to a population of 118k people, from which 99.1% are citizens. As of 2017, 2.9% of La Crosse County, WI residents were born outside of the country (3.41k people).

In 2017, there were 20.5 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (106k people) in La Crosse County, WI than any other race or ethnicity. There were 5.18k Asian (Non-Hispanic) and 2.11k Two or More Races (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Age

Age by Nativity

35

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.3

38

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 2.7

In 2017, the median age of all people in La Crosse County, WI was 35.5. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 35, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 38. But people in La Crosse County, WI are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all La Crosse County, WI residents was 35.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

2.9%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

3.41k people

2.98%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

3.5k people

As of 2017, 2.9% of La Crosse County, WI residents (3.41k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in La Crosse County, WI was 2.98%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    89,715 ± 7,296 people

  2. India

    23,224 ± 3,734 people

  3. Laos

    17,104 ± 3,206 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Wisconsin was Mexico, the natal country of 89,715 Wisconsin residents, followed by India with 23,224 and Laos with 17,104.

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Citizenship

99.1%

2017 Citizenship

98.9%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 99.1% of La Crosse County, WI residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.2%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in La Crosse County, WI was 98.9%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in La Crosse County, WI

  1. White (Non-Hispanic)

    106k ± 76

  2. Asian (Non-Hispanic)

    5.18k ± 217

  3. Two or More Races (Non-Hispanic)

    2.11k ± 345

In 2017, there were 20.5 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (106k people) in La Crosse County, WI than any other race or ethnicity. There were 5.18k Asian (Non-Hispanic) and 2.11k Two or More Races (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 7 races represented in La Crosse County, WI as a share of the total population.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    2,737 ± 282

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    1,252 ± 233

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    936 ± 180

La Crosse County, WI has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.19 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2017, universities in La Crosse County, WI awarded 5,273 degrees. The student population of La Crosse County, WI is skewed towards women, with 7,101 male students and 10,423 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in La Crosse County, WI are White (4,693 and 90.2%), followed by Two or More Races (139 and 2.67%), Asian (131 and 2.52%), and Hispanic or Latino (103 and 1.98%).

The largest universities in La Crosse County, WI by number of degrees awarded are University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (2,490 and 47.2%), Western Technical College (240170) (1,641 and 31.1%), and Viterbo University (1,088 and 20.6%).

The most popular majors in La Crosse County, WI are Nursing Assistant & Patient Care Assistant (339 and 6.43%), General Biological Sciences (274 and 5.2%), and Registered Nursing (273 and 5.18%).

The median tuition costs in La Crosse County, WI are $26,230 for private four year colleges, and $7,585 and $16,254 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 250 degrees awarded

  2. 198 degrees awarded

  3. 196 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in La Crosse County, WI was General Biological Sciences with 250 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in La Crosse County, WI according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 2,490 degrees awarded

  2. 1,641 degrees awarded

  3. 1,088 degrees awarded

$7,585

Median In-State Public

$26,230

Median Private

In 2017, the La Crosse County, WI institution with the largest number of graduating students was University of Wisconsin-La Crosse with 2,490 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

2,039

Degrees Awarded to Men

3,234

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2017, 2,039 men were awarded degrees from institutions in La Crosse County, WI, which is 0.63 times less than the 3,234 female students who received degrees in the same year.

This chart displays the gender disparity between the institutions in La Crosse County, WI by degrees awarded.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    4,693 degrees awarded

  2. Two or More Races

    139 degrees awarded

  3. Asian

    131 degrees awarded

In 2017 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in La Crosse County, WI were to White students. These 4,693 degrees mean that there were 33.8 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Two or More Races, with 139 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in La Crosse County, WI was $161,300 in 2017, which is 0.702 times smaller than the national average of $229,700. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $158,700 to $161,300, a 1.64% increase. The homeownership rate in La Crosse County, WI is 63.8%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in La Crosse County, WI have an average commute time of 17.4 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in La Crosse County, WI is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$161,300

2017 Median

± $2,209

$158,700

2016 Median

± $2,218

In 2017, the median property value in La Crosse County, WI grew to to $161,300 from the previous year's value of $158,700.

The following charts display, first, the property values in La Crosse County, WI compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In La Crosse County, WI the largest share of households have a property value in the $125k - $150k range.

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Household Income

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$54,127

Median Household Income

± $1,324

47k

Number of Households

± 1,294

In 2017, the median household income of the 47k households in La Crosse County, WI grew to $54,127 from the previous year's value of $51,477.

The following chart displays the households in La Crosse County, WI distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Property Taxes

$3k+

Average Range

This chart shows the households in La Crosse County, WI distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In La Crosse County, WI the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

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Rent vs Own

63.8%

2017 Homeownership

64.4%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 63.8% of the housing units in La Crosse County, WI were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 64.4%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is lower than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in La Crosse County, WI compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Commute Time

17.4 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in La Crosse County, WI have a shorter commute time (17.4 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 0.926% of the workforce in La Crosse County, WI have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    81.2%

  2. Carpooled

    7.28%

  3. Walked

    4.93%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in La Crosse County, WI was Drove Alone (81.2%), followed by those who Carpooled (7.28%) and those who Walked (4.93%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

The following chart displays the households in La Crosse County, WI distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in La Crosse County, WI have 2 cars, followed by 3 cars.

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