Introduction to Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin

Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin, in Kenosha county, is 6 miles W of Kenosha, Wisconsin and 33 miles S of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. There are an estimated 16,136 people in the village.

Pleasant Prairie History

Pleasant Prairie was originally inhabited by Native Americans. It was primarily established as a town. The size of Pleasant Prairie reduced slowly as Kenosha annexed some of its land. The first town meeting of Pleasant Prairie was held in April of 1842 at the William’s Congregational Church. The church served as the official Town Hall. The municipal building of the town was constructed in 1967. Pleasant Prairie was incorporated as a village in 1989.

Pleasant Prairie and nearby Attractions

  • Chiwaukee Prairie State Natural Area
  • Kenosha Military Museum
  • Racine Art Museum
  • Illinois Beach State Park
  • Lake County Discovery Museum
  • Richard Bong State Recreation Area

Things To Do In Pleasant Prairie

Pleasant Prairie is home to the Chiwaukee Prairie State Natural Area. The Kenosha Military Museum is nearby as well. Local churches include the Apostolic Faith Church, the Church of God and the Saint John Chrysostomos Church. The village hosts the Prairie Family Days every August. In addition, the Volo Bog State Natural Area, the Moraine Hills State Park, the Chain O'Lakes State Park, the Illinois Beach State Park and the Richard Bong State Recreation Area are all accessible from Pleasant Prairie as well.

Pleasant Prairie Transportation

General Mitchell International is nearby.

Pleasant Prairie Higher Education

Gateway Technical College, the College of Lake County and the University of Wisconsin-Parkside are the local colleges and universities.


Total Population 20,015
Male Share of the Population 50.9%
Female Share of the Population 49.1%
Senior Citizens 13%
Employed Population 16+ 9,608
Age of the Population 41


% of people married 56.7%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 34.4%
Median Earnings25+ $46,266
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $22,806
Median Earnings With High School Degree $35,731


Median Family Income $87,059
% Above Poverty Level 92.6%
% Below Poverty Level 7.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 25 minutes
% Working from Home 2.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.1%
% Using Public Transportation 0.7%


People Living Alone 24.6%
Median Gross Rent $1,097
Median House Value $204,300


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 16.7%
US/American 0%
English 6.8%
Irish 15.6%

Pleasant Prairie Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 6 miles W of Kenosha, Wisconsin (center to center)
Nearest Large City 33 miles S of Milwaukee, Wisconsin
County Kenosha
Standard Zip Codes 53142, 53143, 53158
Phone Area Codes 262
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.553
Longitude -87.933

Pleasant Prairie Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 6 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
Distance 9.8 miles
Jan Temp 11 to 28 F
Apr Temp 37 to 56 F
Jul Temp 62 to 82 F
Oct Temp 42 to 61 F
Annual Precip 36.5 inches
Distance 10.7 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
Kenosha 99,709 $59,372
Paddock Lake 2,999 $69,132
Racine 78,347 $50,108
Silver Lake 2,257 $80,104
Sturtevant 6,981 $70,801
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9449 88TH AVE
A Vocational School
Serves 238 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19.8

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