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Racine County
Racine County courthouse
Racine County courthouse
Flag of Racine County
Flag
Map of Wisconsin highlighting Racine County
Location within the U.S. state of Wisconsin
Map of the United States highlighting Wisconsin
Wisconsin's location within the U.S.
Country  United States
State  Wisconsin
Founded December 7, 1836
Seat Racine
Largest city Racine
Area
 • Total 792 sq mi (2,050 km2)
 • Land 333 sq mi (860 km2)
 • Water 460 sq mi (1,200 km2)  58%%
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 195,408
 • Estimate 
(2020)
195,802
 • Density 246.73/sq mi (95.26/km2)
Time zone UTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional district 1st

Racine County (RUS-een, sometimes also RAY-seen) is a county in southeastern Wisconsin. As of the 2010 census, its population was 195,408, making it Wisconsin's fifth-most populous county. Its county seat is Racine. The county was founded in 1836, then a part of the Wisconsin Territory. Racine County comprises the Racine metropolitan statistical area. This area is included as part of the Milwaukee-Racine-Waukesha combined statistical area.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has an area of 792 square miles (2,050 km2), of which 333 square miles (860 km2) is land and 460 square miles (1,200 km2) (58%) is water.

The county's unemployment rate was 5.6% in June 2021.

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1840 3,475
1850 14,973 330.9%
1860 21,360 42.7%
1870 26,740 25.2%
1880 30,922 15.6%
1890 36,268 17.3%
1900 45,644 25.9%
1910 57,424 25.8%
1920 78,961 37.5%
1930 90,217 14.3%
1940 94,047 4.2%
1950 109,585 16.5%
1960 141,781 29.4%
1970 170,838 20.5%
1980 173,132 1.3%
1990 175,034 1.1%
2000 188,831 7.9%
2010 195,408 3.5%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790–1960 1900–1990
1990–2000 2010–2020 2020 census
USA Racine County, Wisconsin age pyramid
2000 Census Age Pyramid for Racine County

As of the census of 2000, there were 188,831 people, 70,819 households, and 49,856 families residing in the county. The population density was 567 people per square mile (219/km2). There were 74,718 housing units at an average density of 224 per square mile (87/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 83.04% White, 10.47% Black or African American, 0.36% Native American, 0.72% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 3.69% from other races, and 1.67% from two or more races. 7.94% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 32.9% were of German, 7.4% Polish and 5.5% Irish ancestry.

There were 70,819 households, of which 34.5% had children under 18 living with them, 54.0% were married couples living together, 12.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.6% were non-families. 24.5% of all households were made up of individuals, and 9.2% had someone living alone who was 65 or older. The average household size was 2.59 and the average family size was 3.09.

In the county, the population was spread out, with 27.0% under 18, 8.3% from 18 to 24, 29.9% from 25 to 44, 22.5% from 45 to 64, and 12.3% who were 65 or older. The median age was 36. For every 100 females there were 98.0 males. For every 100 females 18 and over, there were 95.5 males.

Transportation

Major highways

See also: County trunk highways in Racine County, Wisconsin
  • I-41 / I-94 / US 41
  • US 45
  • WIS 11
  • WIS 20
  • WIS 31
  • WIS 32
  • WIS 36
  • WIS 38
  • WIS 75
  • WIS 83
  • WIS 142
  • WIS 164

Railroads

Buses

  • Ryde Racine
  • List of intercity bus stops in Wisconsin

Airports

  • John H. Batten Airport (KRAC) serves the county and surrounding communities.
  • Burlington Municipal Airport (KBUU) enhances county service.
  • Cindy Guntly Memorial Airport (62C) enhances county service.
  • Fox River Airport (96C) enhances county service.
  • Sylvania Airport (C89) enhances county service.

Communities

Racine County census map of municipalities
Map of Racine County, with municipal boundaries
Racine County Wisconsin Sign WIS11
Racine County sign on WIS 11

Cities

Villages

Towns

Census-designated places

  • Bohners Lake (Town of Burlington)
  • Browns Lake (Town of Burlington)
  • Eagle Lake (Town of Dover)
  • Tichigan (Town of Waterford)
  • Wind Lake (Town of Norway)

Unincorporated communities

Ghost towns/neighborhoods

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