Racine County has been a center of commerce for more than 100 years. It is home to several international companies, including S.C. Johnson, Jockey International, Modine Manufacturing, CNH Global (a business unit of Fiat) and Runzheimer International. In addition, several foreign-based companies have major operations here, including Nestle, BRP North America and CNH.
Racine County provides quick access to both Milwaukee and Chicago. Not surprisingly, the county's fastest-growing communities and business parks are along I-94, where residents are just a 30-minute drive from downtown Milwaukee and a 60-minute drive from Chicago.
Racine County offers many cultural attractions of its own, including the Racine Art Museum, the Charles A. Wustum Museum of Fine Arts, the Racine Symphony Orchestra and the Racine Zoological Gardens, which is located on the lakefront.
Racine is the county's largest city and is experiencing a boom in residential development, with condos and other developments springing up along the Root River and downtown Racine. The city's vibrancy is attracting young talent. The Young Professionals of Racine, with more than 1,000 members, is one of the largest groups of its kind in the country.
Read an OnMilwaukee.com profile of Racine County that highlights its unique attractions and appeal.
Racine County At A Glance
|Population (2013 Est.)||195,041|
|Population Change 2000-2013||+3.3%|
|Labor Force (2013)||97,826|
|Unemployment Rate (2013)||8.6%|
|Per Capita Personal Income (2013)||$41,458|
|Major Cities (2013)||Racine (78,199), Mt. Pleasant (26,224), Caledonia (24,737), Burlington (10,523)|
|Colleges, Vocational Schools and Universities||Gateway Technical College,
University of Wisconsin-Parkside
Largest Racine County Private-Sector Employers (250+ Employees)
|Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare - All Saints||Health care system||1,000+|
|SC Johnson & Son Inc.||Household products||1,000+|
|CNH America||Farm machinery||1,000+|
|Emerson Electric||Household appliances||1,000+|
|Johnson/Diversey Inc.||Commercial cleaning products||500-999|
|Aurora Health Care||Health care services||500-999|
|Modine Manufacturing Co.||Auto components||500-999|
|Bombardier Motor Corp. of America||Marine engines||500-999|
|Rudd Lighting||Lighting fixtures||500-999|
|Nestle USA Inc.||Chocolate||250-499|