Introduction to Kenosha, Wisconsin

Kenosha is situated along the shoreline of Lake Michigan in Kenosha County. It's recognized as a suburban bedroom community and is 32 miles away from Milwaukee. Tourism is a significant factor for the economy. Abbott Laboratories is one of the largest employers.


Prehistoric settlements go back to the era of the Wisconsin glaciation. The Paleo Indians arrived approximately 13,500 years ago. The local rivers provided the various Indian tribes with plenty of fish. During the early 1830's the first non-natives arrived. In 1836 the small community was known as Pike. It became a prominent shipping port for the Great Lakes and was renamed Southport. During the early portion of the 20th century Kenosha was part of the automobile industry. Between 1902 and 1988 millions of automobiles were produced in the city. The 1920's and the 1930's saw the arrival of a vast number of Italian, Polish, German and Irish immigrants.


  • Library Park is included in the National Register of Historic Places.
  • The Civic Center Historic District.
  • Kenosha History Center offers exhibits regarding the Indian tribes and the early non-native settlers.
  • John McCaffary House.
  • Third Avenue is included in the National Register of Historic Places.
  • Kenosha Public Museum features a wooly mammoth skeleton, ice age and fine arts exhibits.
  • Manor House.
  • Dinosaur Discovery Museum.
  • Washington Park Clubhouse.
  • Kenosha Transit Carhouse features PCC streetcars.


The Kenosha Pops Concert Band performances and the Peanut Butter and Jam Concert Series are popular with residents and tourists. The city is home to the Kenosha Symphony Orchestra. During the summer, several jazz concerts are featured. The Bristol Renaissance Faire includes a vast number of costumed performers and a large number of shops and stages. The Kenosha Harbor Market offers live entertainment, a variety of food and artwork. The Kenosha Velodrome Association provides American Bike Racing events.


Golfing enthusiasts enjoy the numerous championship gold courses. The Dairyland Greyhound Park & Simulcast Center features greyhound racing. The Electric Streetcar Circulator provides scenic tours of Lake Michigan, Harbor Park, a couple of historic districts and the downtown area on restored electric streetcars. Prime Outlets at Pleasant Prairie is a popular location for shoppers.

The shoreline of Lake Michigan is a popular destination for residents and tourists. The city offers enjoyable parks including Alford, Anderson, Bristol Woods, Kennedy and Old Settlers. Lake Andrea is enjoyed for swimming, fishing and boating. The scenic Pike Bike Trail is available for hiking and bicycle riding and provides opportunities to see three National Register Historic Districts, a couple of historic lighthouses and Lake Michigan. The nearby Pringle Nature Center, Richard Bong State Recreation Area and Silver Lake Park are popular for outdoor activities.

Higher Education

Carthage College, the University of Wisconsin-Parkside and Gateway Technical College are located in Kenosha.


Total Population 99,897
Male Share of the Population 49%
Female Share of the Population 51%
Senior Citizens 11.3%
Employed Population 16+ 44,872
Age of the Population 35


% of people married 41.8%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 22.9%
Median Earnings25+ $33,677
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $20,442
Median Earnings With High School Degree $26,149


Median Family Income $60,128
% Above Poverty Level 80.5%
% Below Poverty Level 19.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 24 minutes
% Working from Home 2.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.5%
% Using Public Transportation 1.3%


People Living Alone 28.5%
Median Gross Rent $810
Median House Value $141,400


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 31.9%
US/American 0%
English 5%
Irish 10.6%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Kenosha Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 31 miles S of Milwaukee, Wisconsin
County Kenosha
Standard Zip Codes 53140, 53142, 53143, 53144, 53158
P.O. Box Zip Codes 53141
Phone Area Codes 262
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.584
Longitude -87.821

Kenosha Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 1.3 miles
Jan Temp 13 to 28 F
Apr Temp 37 to 51 F
Jul Temp 64 to 79 F
Oct Temp 44 to 59 F
Annual Precip 34.7 inches
Station RACINE
Distance 8.2 miles
Jan Temp 13 to 28 F
Apr Temp 37 to 51 F
Jul Temp 64 to 79 F
Oct Temp 44 to 59 F
Annual Precip 35.3 inches
Distance 16.3 miles
Jan Temp 12 to 28 F
Apr Temp 36 to 56 F
Jul Temp 62 to 82 F
Oct Temp 42 to 60 F
Annual Precip 35.5 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Paddock Lake 3,005 $72,311
Pleasant Prairie 20,217 $88,734
Racine 78,127 $51,034
Sturtevant 6,983 $71,803

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Kenosha Public Libraries

Kenosha Public Library
812 56TH ST.
Kenosha, Wisconsin
(262) 564-6324

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Kenosha Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
10400 75TH ST
(262) 948-5600
Emergency Service: Yes

(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
(262) 656-2368
Emergency Service: Yes

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8560 26TH AVE
Serves 2,301 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.2

Serves 2,030 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.4

6800 60TH ST
Serves 1,095 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.4

913 57TH ST
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 634 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.6

4616 24TH ST
A Non-traditional School
Serves 63 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 6.3

4777 88TH AVE
Serves 28 students.

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