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Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin
Aerial image of central Mount Pleasant (2009)
Aerial image of central Mount Pleasant (2009)
Flag of Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin
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Location within Racine County and Wisconsin
Location within Racine County and Wisconsin
Coordinates: 42°43′4″N 87°53′11″W / 42.71778°N 87.88639°W / 42.71778; -87.88639Coordinates: 42°43′4″N 87°53′11″W / 42.71778°N 87.88639°W / 42.71778; -87.88639
Country  United States
State  Wisconsin
County Racine
Settled 1835
Township 1842
Incorporated 2003
Government
 • Type Board of Trustees
Area
 • Total 34.04 sq mi (88.15 km2)
 • Land 33.88 sq mi (87.76 km2)
 • Water 0.15 sq mi (0.39 km2)
Elevation
715 ft (218 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 26,197
 • Estimate 
(2019)
27,082
 • Density 799.28/sq mi (308.60/km2)
Time zone UTC−6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−5 (CDT)
Area code 262
FIPS code 55-54875
GNIS ID 2012620
Website mtpleasantwi.gov

Mount Pleasant is a village in Racine County, Wisconsin, United States. It is located approximately 30 miles (48 kilometers) south of Milwaukee and 60 mi (97 km) north of Chicago. As of the 2010 census, the village's population was 26,197.

History

The community was established as the Town of Mount Pleasant in 1842 when a small group of residents met to organize the settlement. In 1972, Mount Pleasant adopted its zoning ordinance, which established significant locally controlled development. On September 16, 2003 Mount Pleasant incorporated as a village following a referendum passed by the residents.

Mount Pleasant WI History Diagram
History of Mount Pleasant
Mount Pleasant WI Aerial Image 2009
2009 Aerial Image of Central Mount Pleasant
2011 Skeleton Skamper
Start of the 2011 Real Racine Skeleton Skamper at Mount Pleasant Civic Campus

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 35.35 square miles (91.56 km2), of which, 33.73 square miles (87.36 km2) of it is land and 1.62 square miles (4.20 km2) is water. Local Area Code is 262.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1980 19,340
1990 20,084 3.8%
2000 23,142 15.2%
2010 26,197 13.2%
2019 (est.) 27,082 3.4%
U.S. Decennial Census
Mount Pleasant Village Hall
Mount Pleasant village hall (2013)
2011 Skeleton Skamper
Start of the 2011 Real Racine Skeleton Skamper at Mount Pleasant Civic Campus

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 26,197 people, 11,136 households, and 7,395 families living in the village. The population density was 776.7 inhabitants per square mile (299.9/km2). There were 11,827 housing units at an average density of 350.6 per square mile (135.4/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 86.0% White, 6.7% African American, 0.2% Native American, 2.1% Asian, 2.9% from other races, and 2.0% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 8.3% of the population.

There were 11,136 households, of which 26.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.1% were married couples living together, 8.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.9% had a male householder with no wife present, and 33.6% were non-families. 29.2% of all households were made up of individuals, and 14.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.33 and the average family size was 2.86.

The median age in the village was 45.8 years. 20.5% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.5% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 22% were from 25 to 44; 31.3% were from 45 to 64; and 19.8% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the village was 47.9% male and 52.1% female.

Economy

In October 2017, Foxconn announced that it would build a $10 billion flat-panel TV campus in Mount Pleasant. Mount Pleasant offered $860 million in tax incentives to attract Foxconn, borrowing funds to do so. Mount Pleasant also declared some residential areas as 'blighted' to require residents to vacate the project area. Larger landowners were privately offered up to 5x their assessed value, while smaller landowners were later offered 1.4x assessed value at time of assessment, which in some cases ended up being less than actual value. A number of landowners sued to stop the village's use of eminent domain laws to benefit a private company. Construction was targeted to begin in the second quarter of 2018. The plan for the campus is to expand in phases over five or more years.

In March 2019, with construction still not started, Foxconn announced that they intend to have a functional plant by the end of 2020, though the plant would be smaller than originally planned.

In November 2020, construction lagged. According to the company, this was due to problems related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Even with only partial construction, estimates were that Foxconn would be the biggest tax payer in the county. The company has still not made clear exactly what will be produced on the 1,000-acre campus.

Education

Mount Pleasant's public schools are managed by the Racine Unified School District. Several elementary schools serve sections of the town, including Dr. Jones, West Ridge, Schulte, and Gifford K-8 School. Two K-8 schools, Mitchell and Gifford, serve sections for middle school. Case High School is in Mount Pleasant and serves almost all of the area, while some parts are zoned to Park High School in Racine.

The University of Wisconsin–Parkside is located two miles south of Mount Pleasant in Kenosha. Gateway Technical College is nearby.

Notable people

  • Henry Herzog, Wisconsin State Representative, businessman, and farmer, owned a farm in the Town of Mount Pleasant.
  • August Piper, Wisconsin State Representative and farmer was born in the Town of Mount Pleasant; Piper served as chairman of the Mount Pleasant Town Board.
  • Fred Venturelli, NFL player, was buried in Mount Pleasant.
  • Alyssa Marie Bohm, chosen as the 2019 Miss Wisconsin.
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