Crawford County is home to unique and rugged people who are proud of their tranquil landscape neighboring the Mississippi River. Wooded bluffs boarder the Kickapoo River and offer an easy float for a canoe or kayak through the Driftless landscape.

Crawford County is a place of local festivities, reenactments, and heritage festivals. Visitors may find roadside stands of locally grown produce and freshly picked apples that offer the real flavor of the region. In addition to orcharding, dairy manufacturing and goat cheese production is popular, as well as pasture-raised meat production in pork, poultry, and goat. The county’s hunting and fishing lifestyle is complimented by retailer Cabela’s and Bass Pro Shop while also supporting the distribution needs of Fortune 500 industry innovator 3M Manufacturing.

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Famous Pete’s Hamburgers, operating in Prairie du Chien for 100 years!
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Tour the annual reenactment of Rendezvous on St. Feriole Island, Prairie du Chien
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Venture from Iowa to Wisconsin from the gateway in Prairie du Chien
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Picturesque views of the Mississippi River in Ferryville
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Partake in world class fly fishing in Crawford County’s trout streams

Labor Force6

Total local Jobs

7,101

Resident Workers

7,762

Commutes Into

Commutes Into

3,408

Live And Work

Live And Work

3,693

Commutes Out Of

Commutes Out Of

4,069

Economic2

Median Household
Income

$45,780

Unemployment
Rate7

3.1%

Top Industries5

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Sector 2010 / 2019 Change in Jobs Avg. Annual Wage
Retail Trade 1,847 / 1,429 -23% $27,865
Manufacturing 1,471 / 1,718 17% $48,379
Government 1,101 / 1,282 16% $44,079
Health Care and Social Assistance 1,018 / 951 -7% $41,028
Accommodation and Food Services 713 / 604 -15% $13,191
Admin / Support / Waste Manag. / Remediation Services 336 / 403 20% $32,505
Wholesale Trade 172 / 173 1% $40,819
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting 163 / 208 28% $23,302
Finance and Insurance 149 / 140 -6% $44,785
Other Services (except Public Administration) 148 / 197 33% $19,220

Population2

2010 Census3

16,644

Female

48.1%

Median Age

46.1

2017 Estimate1

16,214

Male

51.9%

Age 65+

3,407

2030/2040 Projections4

17,430/16,555

Under 18

3,386

Race & Ethnicity

98.7% White alone
1.2% Hispanic or Latino (of any race)
1.8% Black or African American alone
0.5% American Indian and Alaska Native alone

0.2% Asian alone
0.0% Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone
0.2% Some other race alone
1.3% Two or more races

Population Age %

Top Employers

  • Cabela's-Bass Pro Shops, Prairie du Chien
  • 3M Manufacturing, Prairie du Chien
  • Prairie Industries Inc., Prairie du Chein
  • Building Automation Products, Inc., Gays Mills
  • Astec-Dillman Equipment, Prarie du Chien

Sources: 1. U.S. Census Bureau, Population Division - Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2017 2. U.S. Census Bureau, 2012-2016 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates 3. U.S. Census Bureau, Decennial Census 4. WI Department of Administration, Division of Intergovernmental Relations, Demographic Services Center (Dec. 2013) 5. Economic Modeling Specialists, Intl. 6. OnTheMap, U.S. Census Bureau, Center for Economic Studies 7. May 2018, Crawford County, WI - USDOL BLS: https://data.bls.gov/map/

Driftless Development INC

Driftless Development INC
James (Jim) K. Bowman

Executive Director
700 East Blackhawk Ave, Ste., 28
Prairie du Chien, WI 53821
309-756-8041
j.bowman@driftlessdevelopment.com