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.

Click here to 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.racine.org


Racine County At A Glance
Population (2013 Est.) 195,041
Population Change 2000-2013
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
CNH America
Farm machinery
Emerson Electric
Household appliances 1,000+
Johnson/Diversey Inc.
Commercial cleaning products
Aurora Health Care
Health care services
Modine Manufacturing Co.
Auto components
Bombardier Motor Corp. of America
Marine engines
Rudd Lighting
Lighting fixtures
Nestle USA Inc.
Chocolate 250-499


Racine Symphony Orchestra

The Racine Symphony Orchestra is the oldest orchestra in continuous operation in Wisconsin and the first to include chamber music in its regular programming. It performs pops, holiday and classical concerts.