Racine County, Wisconsin

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Racine County
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Racine County Court House
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Location within the U.S. state of Wisconsin
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Wisconsin's location within the U.S.
Coordinates: 42°47′N87°46′W / 42.78°N 87.76°W / 42.78; -87.76
CountryFlag of the United States.svg United States
StateFlag of Wisconsin.svg  Wisconsin
FoundedDecember 7, 1836
Seat Racine
Largest cityRacine
Area
  Total792 sq mi (2,050 km2)
  Land333 sq mi (860 km2)
  Water460 sq mi (1,200 km2)  58%%
Population
 (2010)
  Total195,408
  Estimate 
(2020)
195,802
  Density250/sq mi (95/km2)
Time zone UTC−6 (Central)
  Summer (DST) UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional district 1st
Website www.racinecounty.com

Racine County (rus-EEN, sometimes also ray-SEEN) is a county in southeastern Wisconsin. As of the 2010 census, its population was 195,408, [1] making it Wisconsin's fifth-most populous county. Its county seat is Racine. [2] The county was founded in 1836, then a part of the Wisconsin Territory.

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Racine County comprises the Racine metropolitan statistical area. This area is included as part of the Milwaukee-Racine-Waukesha combined statistical area. [3]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has an area of 792 square miles (2,050 km2), of which 333 square miles (860 km2) is land and 460 square miles (1,200 km2) (58%) is water. [4]

The county's unemployment rate was 5.6% in June 2021. [5]

Geography

The Root River is the county's namesake.

Demographics

Historical population
CensusPop.
1840 3,475
1850 14,973330.9%
1860 21,36042.7%
1870 26,74025.2%
1880 30,92215.6%
1890 36,26817.3%
1900 45,64425.9%
1910 57,42425.8%
1920 78,96137.5%
1930 90,21714.3%
1940 94,0474.2%
1950 109,58516.5%
1960 141,78129.4%
1970 170,83820.5%
1980 173,1321.3%
1990 175,0341.1%
2000 188,8317.9%
2010 195,4083.5%
2020 197,7271.2%
U.S. Decennial Census [6]
1790–1960 [7] 1900–1990 [8]
1990–2000 [9] 2010–2020 [1] 2020 census [10]
2000 Census Age Pyramid for Racine County USA Racine County, Wisconsin age pyramid.svg
2000 Census Age Pyramid for Racine County

As of the census [11] of 2000, there were 188,831 people, 70,819 households, and 49,856 families residing in the county. The population density was 567 people per square mile (219/km2). There were 74,718 housing units at an average density of 224 per square mile (87/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 83.04% White, 10.47% Black or African American, 0.36% Native American, 0.72% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 3.69% from other races, and 1.67% from two or more races. 7.94% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 32.9% were of German, 7.4% Polish and 5.5% Irish ancestry.

There were 70,819 households, of which 34.5% had children under 18 living with them, 54.0% were married couples living together, 12.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.6% were non-families. 24.5% of all households were made up of individuals, and 9.2% had someone living alone who was 65 or older. The average household size was 2.59 and the average family size was 3.09.

In the county, the population was spread out, with 27.0% under 18, 8.3% from 18 to 24, 29.9% from 25 to 44, 22.5% from 45 to 64, and 12.3% who were 65 or older. The median age was 36. For every 100 females there were 98.0 males. For every 100 females 18 and over, there were 95.5 males.

Transportation

Major highways

Airports

Communities

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Map of Racine County, with municipal boundaries
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Racine County sign on WIS 11

Cities

Villages

Towns

Census-designated places

Unincorporated communities

Ghost towns/neighborhoods

Government

1879 engraving of the Racine County courthouse RacineCountyCourthouse1879engraving.jpg
1879 engraving of the Racine County courthouse

The County Board has 21 members, each elected from single-member districts. [12] The county executive is elected in a countywide vote. The county executive is Jonathan Delagrave. The Circuit Court is made up of ten judges, elected in countywide elections to six-year terms.

Politics

Racine County has been a bellwether county, having voted for the winning presidential candidate in 28 of the last 33 elections since 1896 despite its solidly Democratic county seat, Racine, Wisconsin. The only exceptions were when it voted for former Associate Justice Hughes in 1916, President Ford in 1976, Governor Dukakis in 1988, and President Trump in 2020.

Presidential elections results [13]
Year Republican Democratic Third parties
2020 51.2%54,47947.1% 50,1591.7% 1,813
2016 49.5%46,68145.2% 42,6415.3% 4,980
2012 47.7% 49,34751.3%53,0081.0% 1,009
2008 45.7% 45,95453.1%53,4081.3% 1,280
2004 51.7%52,45647.5% 48,2290.9% 884
2000 49.5%44,01446.8% 41,5633.7% 3,288
1996 38.8% 30,10749.7%38,56711.5% 8,894
1992 36.8% 32,31039.7%34,87523.5% 20,634
1988 47.4% 36,34251.7%39,6310.9% 658
1984 52.8%42,09246.4% 36,9550.8% 616
1980 49.8%39,68342.1% 33,5658.1% 6,494
1976 49.0%37,08848.5% 36,7402.5% 1,858
1972 56.4%38,49040.7% 27,7782.9% 1,968
1968 44.8%28,02843.2% 27,04512.0% 7,513
1964 36.1% 21,43463.7%37,7850.2% 87
1960 49.0% 29,56250.7%30,5960.2% 136
1956 58.2%31,96841.2% 22,6460.6% 305
1952 54.7%30,62845.0% 25,2410.3% 180
1948 43.5% 19,02953.1%23,2663.4% 1,502
1944 41.1% 18,22058.0%25,6970.9% 408
1940 43.6% 18,75354.8%23,5321.6% 693
1936 28.7% 10,85064.8%24,4746.5% 2,447
1932 32.5% 10,75460.3%19,9607.2% 2,383
1928 56.6%17,42342.3% 13,0211.2% 362
1924 50.2%13,0405.6% 1,46344.2% 11,466
1920 72.0%14,40618.2% 3,6509.8% 1,965
1916 47.8%5,08142.3% 4,49510.0% 1,061
1912 29.4% 2,60644.1%3,90926.5% 2,343
1908 52.8%5,49035.5% 3,68811.8% 1,226
1904 55.6%5,57325.8% 2,58418.6% 1,864
1900 58.4%5,92538.0% 3,8553.7% 371
1896 57.6%5,84939.2% 3,9753.2% 329
1892 46.2%3,95643.8% 3,75010.0% 858

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Coordinates: 42°47′N87°46′W / 42.78°N 87.76°W / 42.78; -87.76