Quality of Life


Arts & Recreation


Climate


Housing


Healthcare


History


Location

Arts & Recreation

Racine County's located in the Chicago-Milwaukee Corridor, which makes it an ideal location to see all the sights in both Milwaukee and Chicago as well as the beautiful rural countryside of Wisconsin and the Great Lakes Region. Whether you are visiting the sites in Milwaukee and Chicago, or you're a long-time resident of the area looking for a fun family day-trip, the information below will help you discover the activities available to you that are just a short car drive away.

  • Racine County has something for everyone; whether you're an outdoor enthusiast or a culture buff, a shopper or lover of architecture. For information on recreational attractions in Racine County, please visit Real Racine now.  See the NEW 2016 Visitor Guide Link below.

               

  • Milwaukee offers plenty of everything whether you're in town for business and in need of an event facility, or looking for a fun weekend getaway with sports games, theaters, and museums. For a summary of entertainment and cultural opportunities in Milwaukee see: Visit Milwaukee now.
     
  • Chicago offers something for everyone whether it be a sports, music, or cultural events. The city provides fun and exciting experiences year-round to families, couples, and individuals to match the season and the visitor; visit Choose Chicago now.

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Climate

Racine County enjoys a climate with four seasons. Spring and fall are pleasant and beautiful, while summer and winter each offer plenty of opportunities for recreation.  Lake Michigan impacts the environment for several miles inland, making it somewhat cooler in summer and a few degrees warmer in winter.

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Housing

Come to Racine County to find any desirable lifestyle. Racine County is a place where you can enjoy living by the water, exciting city life, unique suburban communities or quaint small town living. 

  • Racine County’s strategic location has resulted in a sharp, but surprisingly affordable housing market. Sale prices for single-family homes range from under $100,000 to $1 million.
     
  • View more information and housing options at Racine County Board of Realtors.

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Healthcare

Racine County residents have access to exceptional healthcare. Two of the state's largest healthcare providers operate hospitals and other medical facilities in the County. Residents also have access to hospital systems in both Milwaukee and Chicago.

  • Aurora Health Care is a not-for-profit Wisconsin health care provider and a nationally recognized leader in improving the quality of healthcare. Aurora provides services in hospitals, clinics, and pharmacies all around Racine County.
     
  • Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare-All Saints is a Catholic, not-for-profit health care and housing organization known for providing integrated delivery of a broad range of services by combining state-of-the-art technology with compassionate care for the residents of Racine.

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History

Many Racine County businesses have started here and have expanded all over the globe. Several major corporations that headquartered in Racine County include foreign-based companies like Nestle, Putzmeister, St. Gobain Containers, and Bombardier Recreational Products.

  • The first industry in Racine County was agriculture. It included the manufacture of Fanning mills, machines that separated wheat grain from the chaff. In 1842, Jarome Increase Case came from New York with a combined thresher-separator that he had invented. He founded CNH, originally known as J.I. Case, which is still headquartered in Racine and continues to be a world leader in the manufacture and sale of agriculture and construction equipment.
     
  • In the late 1800's S.C. Johnson founded a company to produce and distribute floor wax products. Johnson's enterprise has grown into one of the largest manufacturers of personal, household and professional cleaning products, S.C. Johnson, A Family Company.  Other manufacturing firms that founded in Racine County include Andis Hair Clippers, Dremel Tools, and Ruud Lighting.

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Location

Racine County is located on the western shore of Lake Michigan in southeastern Wisconsin and is approximately 65 miles north of Chicago and 25 miles south of Milwaukee. The county seat is the City of Racine, located on Lake Michigan at the mouth of the Root River.

  • Interstate Highway 94 links Racine County with Milwaukee and Chicago. Interactive Map
     
  • U.S. Highway 45 and State Highways 11, 20, 31, 32, 36, 38 and 83 integrate the county.State Highways 75, 142 and 164 connect Racine County with adjacent counties. 

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