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Retirement Living in La Crosse - Wisconsin

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Area Description

We are the largest city in what is called the Driftless Region -- i.e. the place the glaciers skipped. Located along the Mississippi River in Wisconsin, our beautiful, almost mountainous bluffs roll for miles around the river, having been formed by water, not the scraping glacier years ago that formed the rest of the tri-state area.

We are a city with a small town feel -- a quaint, vibrant downtown teaming with workers, tourists and local shoppers. Farmers markets abound, providing scrumptious fresh fruits, vegetables, baked goods and local artistry. Our ample quantity of global companies mix with our unique local shops to provide a vibrant, economically diverse community. Welcome!

Includes Cities/Towns: Holmen, La Crosse, Onalaska.

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Things to Do, Recreation & Fitness

   We are "Nature's Place to Play" -- having everything from spectacular eagle watching, rock climbing, mountain and road biking, and much more all with a few minutes. Bike trails through our ample marches provide a way to connect with nature while the Mississippi and its might backwaters provide opportunities to canoe, kayak, fish and speed boat. We have a wonderful variety of restaurants -- from French to Italian to Middle Eastern to offering the good old fashioned Midwest, Friday Fish Fry!

Cultural Activities

Enjoy a lovely meal before heading to the regional arts center, the community theater, the symphony, or one of the four college or university events. There is something for everyone!

Public transportation

We have all of the opportunities to get out and about including local buses, taxis and many walkable destinations from downtown. We also have ways to travel farther -- by train to Minneapolis, Chicago and beyond or through our local airport.

Medical Facilities

We are home to the award winning Gundersen Health System and the Mayo Clinic-La Crosse -- with the world-famous Mayo Clinic within one hour's drive in Rochester. Within one hour is the VA Hospital in Tomah plus a plethora of assisted living centers.


Monthly Temperatures / Rain / Snow

 Month  Low  Avg  High  Rain  Snow
 Jan  6.3  15.9  25.5  1.2 "  9.4 "
 Feb  12.8  22.6  32.4  1.0 "  8.4 "
 Mar  24.5  34.5  44.6  2.0 "  6.6 "
 Apr  37.1  48.4  59.7  3.4 "  1.5 "
 May  48.7  60.6  72.5  3.4 "  0.0 "
 Jun  57.9  69.6  81.3  4.0 "  0.0 "
 Jul  62.8  74.0  85.2  4.3 "  0.0 "
 Aug  60.7  71.6  82.5  4.3 "  0.0 "
 Sep  51.7  62.7  73.7  3.4 "  0.0 "
 Oct  40.1  50.6  61.1  2.2 "  0.1 "
 Nov  27.4  35.5  43.6  2.1 "  2.7 "
 Dec  13.6  21.8  29.9  1.2 "  12.4 "

We are hearty people, often not letting the cold weather slow us down. We say it helps us thoroughly enjoy Spring through Fall when we enjoy one of the Midwest's most beautiful fall color displays in our trees. While we, like the rest of the Midwest, have tornadoes on occasion and flooding in some areas (mostly parks) due to the rise of the Mississippi, we residents wouldn't swap the beauty of Mother Nature!

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Cost of Living for La Crosse, WI

La Crosse, Wisconsin cost of living for Housing, Healthcare, Transportation, Taxes, Utilities, etc.:

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Senior Housing Options

There are ample options for living in the greater La Crosse area including an apartment complex that caters to well-bodied and minded seniors who want a condo-like setting but with meals provided.

Senior Assistance in La Crosse, WI

La Crosse, Wisconsin offers the following assistance for seniors:

Job or Volunteer Opportunities

The RSVP (Retired Seniors) program matches seniors wanting to volunteer with opportunities. Our hospitals, artistic events and much more benefit from their gifts!

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