Kenosha County, Wisconsin
|Kenosha County, Wisconsin|
Location in the state of Wisconsin
Wisconsin's location in the U.S.
754 sq mi (1,953 km²)
273 sq mi (707 km²)
481 sq mi (1,246 km²), 63.83%
549/sq mi (212/km²)
Kenosha County has traditionally attracted newcomers from suburban Chicago and in March 2008 the demographers of the Wisconsin Department of Administration reported that Kenosha County's improvements in roads, business's need for personnel and quality-of-life factors have contributed to a decades-long influx of Illinois transplants. For 2006-2007, Kenosha County had a net gain of 424 new residents. Even though Kenosha County is in Wisconsin, it is considered a part of the U.S. Census Bureau's Chicago Metropolitan Area. Although commercial development has been greatly on the rise in the last decade, Kenosha County is very dependent on the major nearby economy of Chicago.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 754 square miles (1,952.9 km2), of which 273 square miles (707.1 km2) is land and 481 square miles (1,245.8 km2) (63.83%) is water.
- Interstate 94
- U.S. Highway 41 (Skokie Highway)
- U.S. Highway 45
- Highway 31 (Wisconsin)
- Highway 32 (Wisconsin)
- Highway 50 (Wisconsin)
- Highway 75 (Wisconsin)
- Highway 83 (Wisconsin)
- Highway 158 (Wisconsin)
- Highway 165 (Wisconsin)
- Highway 142 (Wisconsin)
- Racine County (north)
- Allegan County, Michigan (east)
- Lake County, Illinois (southeast)
- McHenry County, Illinois (southwest)
- Walworth County (west)
|Walworth County||Allegan County, Michigan|
|McHenry County, Illinois||Lake County, Illinois||Van Buren County, Michigan|
|WI Counties 1900-1990|
As of the census of 2000, there were 149,577 people, 56,057 households, and 38,455 families residing in the county. The population density was 548 people per square mile (212/km²). There were 59,989 housing units at an average density of 220 per square mile (85/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 88.38% White, 5.08% Black or African American, 0.38% Native American, 0.92% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 3.29% from other races, and 1.91% from two or more races. 7.19% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 28.8% were of German, 10.4% Italian, 7.9% Irish and 7.6% Polish ancestry according to Census 2000.
There were 56,057 households out of which 34.80% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.70% were married couples living together, 11.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.40% were non-families. 25.50% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.10% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.60 and the average family size was 3.13.
In the county, the population was spread out with 27.10% under the age of 18, 9.40% from 18 to 24, 31.30% from 25 to 44, 20.70% from 45 to 64, and 11.50% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 98.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.30 males.
- County Executive: James Kreuser
- District Attorney: Robert Zapf (D)
- Sheriff: David Beth (R)
- Treasurer: Teri Jacobson (D)
- Clerk: Mary Schuch-Krebs (D)
- Register of Deeds: Louise Principe (D)
- Clerk of Circuit Court: Rebecca Matoska-Mentink (D)
The county legislature is known as the Board of Supervisors. It consists of 28 members each elected from single member districts. The county executive is elected in a spring countywide, non-partisan vote. The district attorney, treasurer, clerk and register of deeds are elected in fall countywide, partisan elections held in presidential years, while the sheriff and clerk of circuit court are elected in fall countywide, partisan elections held in gubernatorial years.
Cities, villages, and towns
- Genoa City (part; mostly in Walworth County)
- Paddock Lake
- Pleasant Prairie
- Silver Lake
- Twin Lakes
- Benet Lake
- Camp Lake
- Central Park
- Fox River
- Kellogg's Corners
- Lake Shangrila
- Liberty Corners
- Lily Lake
- New Munster
- Powers Lake
- Salem Oaks
- Voltz Lake
- Forstall, Richard L. (editor) (1996). Population of states and counties of the United States: 1790 to 1990 : from the twenty-one decennial censuses. United States Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census, Population Division. ISBN 0-934213-48-8.