Onalaska has the 1640th largest population in the United States. The population grew by 3.8% from 2010 to 2015, which was faster than the national average. Onalaska is part of the La Crosse metro area. Unemployment in the La Crosse area is 3%, which is lower than the national average, and is getting better. La Crosse has the 243rd largest local economy in the US, and a low cost of living. The average pay for jobs in Onalaska is below average at $39,660, and the median cost of a home in Onalaska is $164,700, which is below the national average. 35% of workers in Onalaska hold a bachelors degree or higher (above average), and 94% of workers have a high school degree (above average). Driving to work is especially common in Onalaska. 79% of Onalaska workers drive to work alone, 1% take public transit, 7% carpool, and 11% walk. People in Onalaska spend an average of 17 minutes commuting to work, which is shorter than the national average of 26 minutes.