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Overview

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.

History

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 1920s and the 1930s saw the arrival of a vast number of Italian, Polish, German and Irish immigrants.

Attractions

  • 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

Entertainment

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.

Activities

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.

Demographics

People

Total Population99,865
Male Share of the Population48.9%
Female Share of the Population51.1%
Senior Citizens11.9%
Employed Population 16+45,362
Age of the Population35

Families

% of people married42.4%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher22.9%
Median Earnings25+$33,728
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$19,884
Median Earnings With High School Degree$26,864

Wealth

Median Family Income$62,040
% Above Poverty Level80.7%
% Below Poverty Level19.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time24 minutes
% Working from Home2.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work2.3%
% Using Public Transportation1.2%

Housing

People Living Alone29.8%
Median Gross Rent$830
Median House Value$141,400

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)31.4%
German28.3%
Irish11.2%
Italian9.3%
Polish6.4%
English5.2%
French Except Basque3.4%
Norwegian2.9%
Swedish2%
Dutch1.4%
Danishn1.2%
Finnish1.1%
Scottish1.1%
Lithuanian0.9%
Czech0.9%
Russian0.8%
Canadian0.8%
Greek0.6%
Slovak0.5%
African0.5%
Serbian0.4%
Hungarian0.4%
Albanian0.4%
Welsh0.3%
Ukrainian0.3%
Austrian0.3%
Belgian0.3%
Croatian0.3%
West Indian0.2%
Swiss0.2%
Slovene0.2%
Haitian0.1%
Romanian0.1%
Arab0.1%
Latvian0.1%
US/American0.1%
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Kenosha Almanac

CategoryValue
County Kenosha County
Standard Zip Codes53140, 53142, 53143, 53144, 53158
P.O. Box Zip Codes53141
Phone Area Codes262
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude42.62
Approximate Longitude-87.83

Kenosha Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationKENOSHA
Distance1.3 miles
Jan Temp13 to 28 F
Apr Temp37 to 51 F
Jul Temp64 to 79 F
Oct Temp44 to 59 F
Annual Precip34.7 inches
StationRACINE
Distance8.2 miles
Jan Temp13 to 28 F
Apr Temp37 to 51 F
Jul Temp64 to 79 F
Oct Temp44 to 59 F
Annual Precip35.3 inches
StationLAKE VILLA 2 NE
Distance16.3 miles
Jan Temp12 to 28 F
Apr Temp36 to 56 F
Jul Temp62 to 82 F
Oct Temp42 to 60 F
Annual Precip35.5 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Paddock Lake3,015$73,661
Pleasant Prairie20,395$91,757
Racine77,931$50,373
Sturtevant6,961$73,889
Twin Lakes6,059$74,706
Union Grove4,897$70,767

Kenosha Public Libraries

Kenosha Public Library
7979 38TH AVE
Kenosha, Wisconsin
(262) 564-6100

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Kenosha Hospitals

Aurora Med Ctr Kenosha
(Non-profit)
10400 75th St
(262) 948-5600
United Hsptl Sys
(Non-profit)
6308 Eighth Ave
(262) 656-2011

Kenosha Public Schools

Bose Elementary
1900 15th St
ZIP: 53140
(262) 359-4044
Primary
Total Enrollment 365
Edward Bain School - Creative Arts
2600 50th St
ZIP: 53140
(262) 359-2300
Primary
Total Enrollment 515
Edward Bain School - Dual Language
2600 50th St
ZIP: 53140
(262) 359-2300
Primary
Total Enrollment 328
Frank Elementary
1816 57th St
ZIP: 53140
(262) 359-6324
Primary
Total Enrollment 436
Grant Elementary
1716 35th St
ZIP: 53140
(262) 359-6346
Primary
Total Enrollment 301
Harborside Academy
913 57th St
ZIP: 53140
(262) 359-8400
Other
Total Enrollment 590
Harvey Elementary
2012 19th Ave
ZIP: 53140
(262) 359-4040
Primary
Total Enrollment 281
Jefferson Elementary
1832 43rd St
ZIP: 53140
(262) 359-6390
Primary
Total Enrollment 290
Kenosha Eschool K-12
1808 41st Pl
ZIP: 53140
(262) 359-7715
Other
Total Enrollment 133
Reuther Central High
913 57th St
ZIP: 53140
(262) 359-6160
High
Total Enrollment 382
Washington Middle
811 Washington Rd
ZIP: 53140
(262) 359-6291
Middle
Total Enrollment 560
Forest Park Elementary
6810 45th Ave
ZIP: 53142
(262) 359-6319
Primary
Total Enrollment 435
Jeffery Elementary
4011 87th St
ZIP: 53142
(262) 359-2100
Primary
Total Enrollment 332
Lance Middle
4515 80th St
ZIP: 53142
(262) 359-2240
Middle
Total Enrollment 977
Nash Elementary
6801 99th Ave
ZIP: 53142
(262) 359-3500
Primary
Total Enrollment 672
Roosevelt Elementary
3322 Roosevelt Rd
ZIP: 53142
(262) 359-6097
Primary
Total Enrollment 455
Stocker Elementary
6315 67th St
ZIP: 53142
(262) 359-2143
Primary
Total Enrollment 494
Brass Community School
6400 15th Ave
ZIP: 53143
(262) 359-8000
Primary
Total Enrollment 504
Brompton School
8518 22nd Ave
ZIP: 53143
(262) 359-2191
Primary
Total Enrollment 216
Chavez Learning Station
6300 27th Ave
ZIP: 53143
(262) 359-6078
Primary
Total Enrollment 162
Dimensions Of Learning Academy
6218 25th Ave
ZIP: 53143
(262) 359-6849
Primary
Total Enrollment 225
Grewenow Elementary
7714 20th Ave
ZIP: 53143
(262) 359-6362
Primary
Total Enrollment 378
Kenosha School Of Technology Enhanced Curriculum
6811 18th Ave
ZIP: 53143
(262) 359-3800
Primary
Total Enrollment 769
Lincoln Middle
6729 18th Ave
ZIP: 53143
(262) 359-6296
Middle
Total Enrollment 719
Southport Elementary
723 76th St
ZIP: 53143
(262) 359-6309
Primary
Total Enrollment 434
Tremper High
8560 26th Ave
ZIP: 53143
(262) 359-2200
High
Total Enrollment 1752
Vernon Elementary
8518 22nd Ave
ZIP: 53143
(262) 359-2113
Primary
Total Enrollment 339
Bradford High
3700 Washington Rd
ZIP: 53144
(262) 359-6200
High
Total Enrollment 1553
Bullen Middle
2804 39th Ave
ZIP: 53144
(262) 359-4460
Middle
Total Enrollment 815
Hillcrest School
4616 24th St
ZIP: 53144
(262) 359-6118
Other
Total Enrollment 57
Indian Trail High School And Academy
6800 60th St
ZIP: 53144
(262) 359-8700
High
Total Enrollment 2218
Kenosha 4 Year Old Kindergarten
3600 52nd St
ZIP: 53144
(262) 359-6078
Primary
Total Enrollment 135
Mahone Middle
6900 60th St
ZIP: 53144
(262) 359-8100
Middle
Total Enrollment 1146
Mckinley Elementary
5520 32nd Ave
ZIP: 53144
(262) 359-6002
Primary
Total Enrollment 342
Paris Elementary
1901 176th Ave
ZIP: 53144
(262) 859-2350
Primary
Total Enrollment 282
Phoenix Project
4777 88th Ave
ZIP: 53144
(262) 653-6378
High
Total Enrollment 24
Somers Elementary
1245 72nd Ave
ZIP: 53144
(262) 359-3200
Primary
Total Enrollment 465
Strange Elementary
5414 49th Ave
ZIP: 53144
(262) 359-6024
Primary
Total Enrollment 536
Wilson Elementary
4520 33rd Ave
ZIP: 53144
(262) 359-6094
Primary
Total Enrollment 203

Kenosha Private Schools

Christ Lutheran Academy
2026 22nd Ave
ZIP: 53140
Elementary
Total Enrollment 15
Friedens Evangelical Lutheran School
5043 20th Ave
ZIP: 53140
Elementary
Total Enrollment 109
Christian Life School
10700 75th St
ZIP: 53142
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 690
Bethany Lutheran
2100 75th St
ZIP: 53143
Elementary
Total Enrollment 88
Kenosha Montessori School
2401 69th St
ZIP: 53143
Elementary
Total Enrollment 53
Montessori Childrens House
920 61st St
ZIP: 53143
Elementary
Total Enrollment 4
St Joseph Catholic Academy
2401 69th St
ZIP: 53143
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 830
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