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Realtor’s Guide to Tomah, WI | Top Real Estate Agents of Tomah, WI

Do you want to learn all there is to know about the Tomah, Wisconsin Real Estate market, as well as the community itself? We have been top Tomah, WI Real Estate Agents at VIP Realty for twenty nine years. If you are thinking of selling or buying a home in the Tomah community or surrounding area, please get in touch with us, since we would love to share our expertise to help you with all your Wisconsin real estate needs.

Sit back and enjoy some of what makes the town great!

The City of Tomah is centrally located in West-Central Wisconsin at the junction of Interstate 90 and Interstate 94, or as we like to say ‘where the Interstates Meet”.  Halfway between Minneapolis/St. Paul and Chicago/Milwaukee metro areas, Tomah is the city of choice for many international businesses.

All Roads Lead to Tomah…  In addition to the interstate system, U.S. Highways 12 & 16, along with Wisconsin State Highways 21, 131 and 173 converge in Tomah. Two separate railroads also service our community, as does Tomah’s city-owned airport, Bloyer Field.  The La Crosse Regional airport and Port of La Crosse are only 45 miles away on the Mississippi River. With this unique location Tomah has embraced the motto “Where the I divides” as well as “The Gateway to Cranberry Country.” Tomah residents have been known for collaborative efforts and friendly hometown attitudes.

Due to Tomah’s location, midway between Milwaukee and Minneapolis and where the state’s interstate system divides, it provides for a prosperous industrial development environment. Distribution facilities, local and statewide trucking firms enjoy the advantages Tomah has to offer. From Lake Tomah to Recreation Park, visitors and residents enjoy many recreational opportunities. Tomah is also located between Fort McCoy and Volk Field and is fortunate to have the Tomah VA Medical Center in the community.

As the home to international manufacturers, military, healthcare, transportation and agricultural businesses, Tomah boasts a diverse and educated workforce.  Many of these businesses work with Western Technical College to promote worker continuing education and development.

Tomah provides a high quality of life to its residents, making visitors want to live here.  With a highly acclaimed school district, beautiful park system, numerous events and a reenergized downtown, Tomah provides small town friendliness and safety while also providing several larger city amenities.

With a strategic location, dedicated workforce and business-friendly environment, Tomah stands poised to enable existing businesses to expand and new businesses to grow and prosper.

History

Tomah is a city in Monroe County, Wisconsin. As of July 1, 2014, its estimated population was 9,328. The city is surrounded by the Town of Tomah and the Town of La Grange. Much of the city’s commercial, retail, and residential development over the last 40 years has occurred in the northern half of the city at a substantial distance from the city’s downtown.

Tomah was founded by Robert E. Gillett in 1855 and incorporated as a city in 1883 but the charter was not issued until 1894. Tomah is named after Thomas Carron (ca. 1752–1817), a trader at Green Bay who had integrated into the Menominee tribe. The Menominees pronounced the name Tomah or Tomau and he became known as Chief Tomah. Tomah was adopted as the name for the settlement in Monroe County on the unsubstantiated belief that Chief Tomah had once held a tribal gathering in the area.

The first man to acquire title to any portion of the future city was Jesse Boorman, who came on foot from Walworth County in 1855. The first permanent settler in the village was Robert E. Gillett, who came from Cleveland, Ohio in 1855. He made a claim, taking in all of the original plat of the village and four forties adjoining in Sec 9. In May 1855, he built a log cabin, containing four rooms, the first building of any kind in Tomah.

Tomah has two landmarks on the National Register of Historic Places: the old Tomah Post Office at 903 Superior Avenue and the Tomah Public Library at 716 Superior Avenue.

Tomah is located on the South Fork of the Lemonweir River, a main tributary of the Lemonweir River, which is a large tributary of the lower Wisconsin River. The river is impounded on the west side of the city, forming Lake Tomah. Council Creek flows north through the east side of the city to meet the river.

The city is at the boundary between the hills of the Driftless Area in southwest Wisconsin and the flat, sandy, poorly drained ancient bed of Glacial Lake Wisconsin extending to the north and east of the city. 

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 7.86 square miles (20.36 km2), of which, 7.46 square miles (19.32 km2) is land and 0.40 square miles (1.04 km2) is water.

A Great Town For Families

The Tomah/Warrens area is known as “Wisconsin’s Cranberry Country“. With more than 2,500 acres of cranberry marshes dotting the region, this area is an important player in the state’s number one fruit crop. Cranberries play an integral role in the local agricultural economy while providing a unique tourism attraction, and have been grown commercially in Wisconsin for over 150 years. That’s a lot of history for one tiny berry. During that time, cranberry growers have adapted their production methods to the environment, changes in agricultural technology and changes in the marketplace. In addition to developing new ways of growing cranberries, they’ve also created new ways of using the fruit. You’ll learn all about that – and more – during a visit to the Wisconsin Cranberry Discovery Center.

Our community is family-friendly where you can experience over 200 acres of green space in one of the ten Tomah parks and stroll the Lemonweir River Walking Trail which stretches from Veteran’s Park to Butts Park. Children and parents will enjoy the multi-unit “Winnebago Wonderland” in Winnebago Park, a 10,000 sq. ft. playground complete with castles, mazes, slides, tubes, swings and more. Lake Tomah, a 200+ acre body of water, is the perfect spot for boating. Shoppers to Tomah will find a wide selection of various merchandise with plenty of Hometown friendliness and service. For those interested in antiques, a variety of shops, including an Antique Mall, offer quality pieces and collectibles for the beginner to advanced collector.

Other outdoor activities like camping, hiking, canoeing, snowmobiling, cross country skiing, hunting and golfing are enjoyed in Tomah and surrounding area. Tomah is located within 20 minutes of the nationally known Elroy-Sparta Bike Trail. The old Chicago and Northwestern Railroad beds have been converted into a picturesque hiking and biking trail, the first rails-to-trails bicycle route in the country. It passes through a portion of the unglaciated areas of Wisconsin exemplifying the natural beauty of our State. The trail is 32 miles in length and passes through three rock tunnels. The Kendall and Wilton tunnels are ¼ mile long and the Norwalk tunnel is ¾ mile long. The trail is covered with limestone screenings and provides a smooth riding surface. The bridges are covered with planks and are guarded with railings.

The Greater Tomah area boasts small town charm with plenty of shopping including Amish & cranberry goods, attractions, over 900 motel/villa rooms, entertainment opportunities, indoor and outdoor water parks, and quaint restaurants to explore throughout the area. Residents and visitors also enjoy the Olympic size swimming pool, lighted tennis courts, various playgrounds, and 120 acres of parks throughout the community. Whether you’re interested in spring crafting, driving tours, summer festivals, fairs or tractor pulls, autumn color tours, cranberry tours, or winter activities and holiday events, you’ll find the Tomah area an ideal choice.

Population Statistics

As of the census of 2010, there were 9,093 people, 3,900 households, and 2,194 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,218.9 inhabitants per square mile (470.6/km2). There were 4,196 housing units at an average density of 562.5 per square mile (217.2/km2).

 

The Economy

The unemployment rate in Tomah, Wisconsin, is 5.40%, with job growth of 0.71%. Future job growth over the next ten years is predicted to be 36.00%.

Tomah, Wisconsin,sales tax rate is 5.50%. Income tax is 6.27%.

The income per capita is $22,225, which includes all adults and children. The median household income is $38,510.

Employment

Of the roughly 24,042 residents in Monroe County who currently participate in the labor force, about 22,248 are employed and 1,614 are unemployed. Source: WI Dept. Workforce Development (Jan. 2014). There are 3,996 business establishments in Tomah’s Monroe Countywith fewer than 10 employees, which is a good indicator of the entrepreneurship in the community. Another 1,380 business have between 10 and 50 employees, 228 have between 50 and 250, and 42 businesses have more than 250 employees.

Tomah, WI Real Estate Agent

As a top real estate agency in the Tomah area, we understand that the purchase and sale of property is a major life decision and can be quite complex. This is why we partner with our clients to ensure that they understand the entire process of buying and selling a home. Our efficient, honest, and thorough style results in smooth and successful transactions for our clients.

Our extensive knowledge of the local market will help buyers secure their dream home at the best possible price.  Sellers will benefit from our marketing and promotion packages, which will ensure that your home gets the market attention it deserves and is targeted at its strongest potential buyers.  On this website, you’ll be able to search all Tomah, Wisconsin and surrounding area homes for sale.

Tomah Schools

The highly acclaimed Tomah Area School District has three elementary schools, a middle school, and a high school in the city and four elementary schools in surrounding communities.  The district consistently performs in the top tier of all school systems in the state.  There are three parochial elementary and middle and secondary schools, and 2 Western Technical College has a campus in downtown Tomah. The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, Western Technical College – La Crosse Campus, Viterbo College and Globe University are within forty miles.  Monroe County also has a local UW-Extension Agent available to confer with new businesses in the region

Restaurants in Town

Tomah offers a wide variety of dining options from local cafes and coffee shops, and popular fast food options, to several ethnic food restaurants, casual and even fine dining.

Hospitals/Medical Centers nearest to Tomah

Four health care facilities are located in Tomah: Tomah Memorial Hospital, a Veteran’s AdministrationMedical Center, Lake Tomah Clinic of Franciscan Skemp Mayo Health System, and the Tomah Clinic of Gundersen Lutheran.

Transportation and Commute

Tomah is a regional transportation hub because of its location where Interstate 90 and Interstate 94 diverge, with Interstate 90 continuing west to La Crosse, Wisconsin and Interstate 94 heading north to Eau Claire, Wisconsin and the Twin Cities. Tomah-Sparta Raceway (formerly known as Veterans Raceway and Excalibur Speedway) is a 3/8 mile asphalt oval track located about 3 miles (5 km) west of Tomah on WIS 21. Tomah is served by an Amtrak Station on the Empire Builder route.

Airport

Bloyer Field airport (Y72) serves the city and is located 1 mile east of Tomah. Additionally, Tomah is less than an hour away from the LaCrosse airport and approximately 90 minutes from the Madison airport.

 

Learn more about Tomah Wisconsin from:

The Tomah Chamber of Commerce and The Tomah Parks & Rec Department and the Wisconsin Travel site.