La Crosse Named One of America’s Best College Towns


La Crosse Tribune – January 24, 2017

La Crosse made the list this year as one of the 20 best college towns in America.

The rankings, compiled by the American Institute of Economic Research, categorized cities by size. La Crosse ranked 19 on the list of college towns with populations under 250,000, while Madison ranked No. 4 for small metros. Milwaukee ranked No. 9 for midsize metros.

Criteria included the city’s youth unemployment rate, pervasiveness of diversity, rental costs, ease of access to the city without a car, and the presence of arts and entertainment.

The index allows people to rank schools for themselves based on the criteria most important to them. La Crosse ranked best in the category of youth employment.

UW-L junior Jacob Schimmel of Madison says the city of La Crosse played a role in his decision to attend the university. Two benefits of La Crosse living for him have been the “extremely affordable rent prices” and housing that’s within close walking distance of campus and downtown.

“The city has incredible surroundings and a great downtown,” he said. “It feels as though the city was set up to be a great destination for students.”