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Racine Area Profile

A Profile of Racine County, Wisconsin

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. It is bordered on the south by Kenosha County.

POPULATION
YEAR NUMBER % CHANGE
1960 141,781
1970 170,838 20.5
1980 173,132 1.3
1990 174,661 1.1
1993 180,044 2.9
Source: U.S. Bureau of the Census
INCOME
1989 Per Capita Income
Racine County………..$14,023
Wisconsin …………..$13,276
TRANSPORTATION

Highways
Interstate Highway 94 links Racine County with Milwaukee and Chicago, while United States 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.

Railway Service
Rail freight service is provided by the Chicago and Northwestern Transportation Company, the Wisconsin Central Ltd. and the CP Rail System. Rail passenger service is provided by Amtrak.

Air Service
Racine County is served by three general aviation airports: John H. Batten Field, Burlington Municipal Airport and Sylvania Airport, all located within the county. Both John H. Batten Field and Burlington Municipal Airport are capable of handling a wide variety of business aircraft. John H. Batten Field can accommodate aircraft up to and including corporate jets. General Mitchell International Airport, the nearest scheduled air carrier airport, is located seven miles to the north in the City of Milwaukee. Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport is located 50 miles to the south. (Distances are measured from nearest county line.)

Trucking
There are 92 widely distributed trucking and warehousing establishments in Racine County.