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Overview

Introduction to Racine, Wisconsin

Racine is situated near Lake Michigan at the mouth of the Root River in Racine County. The headquarters of the prominent Johnson Wax company is located in the city. Their building was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. The town has one of the largest populations of Danes in North America and is well known for its Danish pastry.

History

Around 1700, French explorers were the first group of non-natives to arrive in the region. They established a trading post which grew into a settlement along Lake Michigan. Racine translates from the French as "root." In 1832 settlers from upstate New York arrived and the population significantly increased. Before the Civil War began, Racine was recognized as being against slavery. A large number of slaves utilizing the Underground Railroad passed through the city. A vast amount of immigrants arrived after the Civil War was over and the large influx of newcomers continued all the way up to the First World War. The immigration included a substantial number of African-Americans. Beginning with the founding of Racine, factories were prominent for the economy. During the late 1800s the harbor was important to the shipping industry. Car manufacturing was located in the city during the early stages of the industry.

Attractions

  • The Wind Point Lighthouse is included in the National Register of Historic Places
  • Historic Horlick Field
  • S.C. Johnson and Son Administration Building and Research Tower is part of the National Register of Historic Places
  • Racine Zoological Gardens
  • Reefpoint Marina and Festival Hall offers excellent views of the shoreline and numerous festivals
  • Racine Art Museum
  • Wustum Art Museum
  • Lakefront Trolleys offers rides in the historic downtown area
  • Mound Cemetery features historic native burial mounds
  • Racine Heritage Museum
  • Harborfest is a popular music festival

Activities

Lake Michigan provides opportunities for a variety of activities and offers beautiful vistas. Numerous parks and trails are situated along the Root River. The Lighthouse Run, the dragon boat races and a professional volleyball tournament provide entertainment. Excellent fishing opportunities are located at Horlick Dam, Island Park and Lincoln Park. The Root River is popular for fishing, hiking and kayaking. Quarry Lake Park is a popular place for swimming. Formerly a limestone quarry, it had been converted into one of the best outdoor swimming locations in the Midwest. The River Bend Nature Center, situated along the Root River offers an extensive amount of trails. The Big Fish Bash is a notable fishing tournament and festival.

Higher Education

The University of Wisconsin-Parkside and Gateway Technical College are located in the area.

People

Total Population 78,127
Male Share of the Population 48.5%
Female Share of the Population 51.5%
Senior Citizens 11.3%
Employed Population 16+ 33,001
Age of the Population 34

Families

% of people married 39.6%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 17.4%
Median Earnings25+ $29,910
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $21,518
Median Earnings With High School Degree $25,996

Wealth

Median Family Income $51,034
% Above Poverty Level 78.4%
% Below Poverty Level 21.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 20 minutes
% Working from Home 2.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.8%
% Using Public Transportation 3.3%

Housing

People Living Alone 31.9%
Median Gross Rent $744
Median House Value $110,900

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 37.8%
US/American 0.3%
English 4.1%
Irish 5.5%

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

Racine Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 22 miles S of Milwaukee, Wisconsin
County Racine
Standard Zip Codes 53402, 53403, 53404, 53405, 53406
P.O. Box Zip Codes 53401, 53408
Company Zip Codes 53407, 53490
Phone Area Codes 262
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.726
Longitude -87.782

Racine Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

Station RACINE
Distance 1.8 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
Station WEST ALLIS
Distance 22.9 miles
Jan Temp 13 to 27 F
Apr Temp 38 to 54 F
Jul Temp 66 to 82 F
Oct Temp 44 to 61 F
Annual Precip 33.8 inches
Station ANTIOCH
Distance 23.3 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Kenosha 99,897 $60,128
Oak Creek 34,974 $83,229
Pleasant Prairie 20,217 $88,734
South Milwaukee 21,229 $67,458
Sturtevant 6,983 $71,803

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

Racine Public Libraries

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Racine Public Library
75 SEVENTH ST.
Racine, Wisconsin
(262) 636-9170

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Racine Hospitals

WHEATON FRANCISCAN HEALTHCARE- ALL SAINTS
(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
3801 SPRING ST
(262) 687-4011
Emergency Service: Yes

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Racine High Schools

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PARK HI
1901 12TH ST
262-619-4400
Serves 2,224 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.8

HORLICK HI
2119 RAPIDS DR
262-619-4300
Serves 2,163 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.2

CASE HI
7345 WASHINGTON AVE
262-619-4200
Serves 1,954 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.9

WALDEN III HI
1012 CENTER ST
262-664-6250
A Non-traditional School
Serves 269 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 22.4

RACINE YOUTHFUL OFFENDER
1501 ALBERT ST
262-638-1999
A Non-traditional School
Serves 215 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 215

THE REAL SCHOOL
5915 ERIE ST
262-631-7062
A Non-traditional School
A Charter School.
Serves 200 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.9

KEITH R MACK ACHIEVEMENT CTR
2015 FRANKLIN ST
262-664-6600
A Non-traditional School
Serves 121 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 6.6

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Historic Racine

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Root River rapids between 1880 and 1899

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Root River rapids between 1880 and 1899

Racine (Root River rapids, old cement mills) between 1880 and 1899

Main St. c1899.

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