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Welcome to Onalaska ...

The city of Onalaska is located in La Crosse County<1>.

The location of Onalaska has been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (ie- the GNIS).<2>

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Onalaska has a population of 18,956 people<3> (see below for details).

We don't have a date for the establishment of Onalaska.

Onalaska is 710 feet [216 m] above sea level.<4>.

Time Zone: Onalaska lies in the Central Time Zone (CST/CDT) and observes daylight saving time

Onalaska is within the (608) area code.

Websites for Onalaska ...

Official Website: www.ci.onalaska.wi.us/

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Onalaska had an population of 18,956 people. This is an increase of 6.88% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 27.74% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Onalaska had a population of 17,736 people (or 15.47% of the total population of La Crosse County). This makes Onalaska the county's 2nd most populous community.

The population of Onalaska represents 0.31% of the population of Wisconsin (which has 5,686,986 people), making it the state's 45th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 17,736 people, the population of Onalaska increased 19.52% from the 2000 Census (which had a count of 14,839 people).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Onalaska.

Communities Also Named Onalaska ...

Using our Gazetteer, we have found that there are 3 communities that are also named Onalaska - they are located in Arkansas, Texas and Washington.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Onalaska.

Communities near Onalaska ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Onalaska.

  • West Salem [La Crosse County]
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    • West Salem [La Crosse County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<5> to the east of Onalaska
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 5,013 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on West Salem
  • Shelby [La Crosse County]
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    • Shelby [La Crosse County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<5> to the south of Onalaska
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 4,925 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Shelby have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Shelby
  • Holland [La Crosse County]
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    • Holland [La Crosse County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<5> to the northwest of Onalaska
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 3,886 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Holland have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Holland
  • Sparta [Monroe County]
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    • Sparta [Monroe County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<5> to the east of Onalaska
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 3,290 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Sparta have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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  • Continue List   (6 more) ...
    • Hamilton [La Crosse County]
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      • Hamilton [La Crosse County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<5> to the east of Onalaska
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 2,540 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Hamilton have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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    • Farmington [La Crosse County]
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      • Farmington [La Crosse County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<5> to the northeast of Onalaska
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 2,155 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Farmington have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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    • Greenfield [La Crosse County]
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      • Greenfield [La Crosse County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<5> to the southeast of Onalaska
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 2,142 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Greenfield have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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    • Trempealeau [Trempealeau County]
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      • Trempealeau [Trempealeau County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<5> to the northwest of Onalaska
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,912 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Trempealeau have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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    • Gale [Trempealeau County]
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      • Gale [Trempealeau County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<5> to the north of Onalaska
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,749 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Gale have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Gale
    • Trempealeau [Trempealeau County]
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      • Trempealeau [Trempealeau County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<5> to the northwest of Onalaska
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,663 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Trempealeau have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Trempealeau

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Onalaska. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Onalaska.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Onalaska. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Onalaska.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Onalaska. See our Newspapers Page for Onalaska.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Onalaska ...

Looking for more information about Onalaska? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

While we are unaware of a Tourism page that is specific to Onalaska, there are neighboring communities that do have Tourism pages. A map of those communities can be found with our TripAdvisor Page for Onalaska.

Adding Onalaska to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of Onalaska in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

In addition, our notes show that the earliest dated mention that we've found for Onalaska was in the Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895).

For more details about the above, see References and Mentions for Onalaska on our Genealogy Page.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Communities in Wisconsin

About La Crosse County

About Wisconsin

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Onalaska: www.ci.onalaska.wi.us/

The official website for La Crosse County: www.co.la-crosse.wi.us/

The official website for State of Wisconsin: https://www.wisconsin.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of Wisconsin's counties, including La Crosse, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<3>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Onalaska.
<4>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Onalaska - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<5>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Onalaska) to Point B.If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Onalaska. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from OnalaskaOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Onalaska. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 43.8869, Longitude: -91.2190       In this case, the coordinates for Onalaska have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).






















 

 

 

 

 


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