La Crosse, Wis.

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Located along the Mississippi River, La Crosse has a beautiful historic center. Compared with Madison, home to University of Wisconsin’s flagship campus, La Crosse offers an advantage in its social scene. The town has an array of pubs, eateries, and entertainment venues. It is also home to the World’s Largest Six-Pack, a landmark structure. La Crosse’s second most interesting feature is its extremely low unemployment rate, at 1.5 percent.

#19 La Crosse, Wis.

POPULATION: 136,824
STUDENTS: 16,081
RANKING DETAIL:
#19 COLLEGE EDUCATED
#20 DIVERSITY

Quality of life

#12 CITY ACCESS
#12 ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
#16 BARS AND RESTAURANTS

Economics

#1 YOUTH UNEMPLOYMENT
#3 LABOR FORCE
#17 INNOVATION
#9 RENT

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