Racine County

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.

Economic Development Information:
Racine County Economic Development Corporation - www.racinecountyedc.org

Visitor Information:
Racine County Convention and Visitors Bureau - www.realracine.com

 

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)
COMPANY PRODUCT LOCAL EMPLOYMENT
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
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