La Crosse, Kansas

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La Crosse is a city in Rush County, Kansas, United States. The population was 1,376 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Rush County[3]. It has been referred to as "The Barbed Wire Capital of the World"[4] and is home to the Kansas Barbed Wire Museum.[5]



La Crosse is located at 38°31′55″N 99°18′31″W / 38.53194°N 99.30861°W / 38.53194; -99.30861 (38.532014, -99.308614)[6]. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.0 square miles (2.6 km²), all of it land.

Area attractions

  • Barbed Wire Museum
  • Post Rock Museum
  • Historical Museum
  • Rush County Fair


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,376 people, 585 households, and 367 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,351.8 people per square mile (520.9/km²). There were 720 housing units at an average density of 707.4/sq mi (272.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 98.33% White, 0.22% African American, 0.44% Native American, 0.15% Asian, 0.22% from other races, and 0.65% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.38% of the population.

There were 585 households out of which 26.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.0% were married couples living together, 6.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.1% were non-families. 33.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 18.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.20 and the average family size was 2.81.

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