Racine County, Wisconsin

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Racine County, Wisconsin
RacineCountyCourtHouse.jpg
Racine County Court House
Map of Wisconsin highlighting Racine County
Location in the U.S. state of Wisconsin
Map of the United States highlighting Wisconsin
Wisconsin's location in the U.S.
Founded December 7, 1836
Seat Racine
Largest city Racine
Area
 • Total 792 sq mi (2,051 km2)
 • Land 333 sq mi (862 km2)
 • Water 460 sq mi (1,191 km2), 58%
Population (est.)
 • (2014) 195,163
 • Density 586/sq mi (226/km²)
Congressional district 1st
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website www.racineco.com

Racine County is a county located in southeastern Wisconsin. As of the 2010 census, its population was 195,408,[1] making it the fifth-most populous county in Wisconsin. Its county seat is Racine.[2] The county was founded in 1836, then a part of the Wisconsin Territory.

Racine County comprises the Racine metropolitan statistical area. It is included in the Milwaukee metropolitan area (Milwaukee-Racine-Waukesha).

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total 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.[3]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Demographics[edit]

2000 Census Age Pyramid for Racine County
Historical population
Census Pop.
1840 3,475
1850 14,973 330.9%
1860 21,360 42.7%
1870 26,740 25.2%
1880 30,922 15.6%
1890 36,268 17.3%
1900 45,644 25.9%
1910 57,424 25.8%
1920 78,961 37.5%
1930 90,217 14.3%
1940 94,047 4.2%
1950 109,585 16.5%
1960 141,781 29.4%
1970 170,838 20.5%
1980 173,132 1.3%
1990 175,034 1.1%
2000 188,831 7.9%
2010 195,408 3.5%
Est. 2015 195,080 [4] −0.2%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]
1790–1960[6] 1900–1990[7]
1990–2000[8] 2010–2014[1]

As of the census[9] 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 out of which 34.50% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.00% were married couples living together, 12.30% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.60% were non-families. 24.50% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.20% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age 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 27.00% under the age of 18, 8.30% from 18 to 24, 29.90% from 25 to 44, 22.50% from 45 to 64, and 12.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 98.00 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.50 males.

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Government[edit]

1879 engraving of the Racine County courthouse

The County Board consists of 21 members, each elected from single-member districts.[10] The County Executive is elected in a countywide vote. The Circuit Court is made up of 10 Judges, elected in countywide elections for six-year terms.

Politics[edit]

Racine County vote
by party in presidential elections
[11]
Year Republican Democratic
2016 49.5% 46,611 45.2% 42,512
2012 47.7% 49,347 51.2% 53,008
2008 45.7% 45,954 53.1% 53,408
2004 51.7% 52,456 47.5% 48,229
2000 49.5% 44,014 46.8% 41,563
1996 38.8% 30,107 49.7% 38,567
1992 36.8% 32,310 39.7% 34,875
1988 47.4% 36,342 51.7% 39,631
1984 52.8% 42,092 46.4% 36,955
1980 49.8% 39,683 42.1% 33,565
1976 49.0% 37,088 48.5% 36,740
1972 56.4% 38,490 40.7% 27,778
1968 44.8% 28,028 43.2% 27,045
1964 36.1% 21,434 63.7% 37,785
1960 49.0% 29,562 50.7% 30,596

Racine County has been a bellwether county having voted for the winning presidential candidate in 13 of the last 15 elections since 1960. The only exceptions were when it voted for President Ford in 1976 and Michael Dukakis in 1988.

Communities[edit]

Racine County sign on WIS 11

Cities[edit]

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Census-designated places[edit]

Unincorporated communities[edit]

Ghost towns[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 23, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved August 8, 2015. 
  4. ^ "County Totals Dataset: Population, Population Change and Estimated Components of Population Change: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2015". Retrieved July 2, 2016. 
  5. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 8, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved August 8, 2015. 
  7. ^ Forstall, Richard L., ed. (March 27, 1995). "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 8, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. April 2, 2001. Retrieved August 8, 2015. 
  9. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-05-14. 
  10. ^ Racine County Website, http://www.racineco.com/racinecountyboard/index.aspx
  11. ^ http://uselectionatlas.org/RESULTS/

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Coordinates: 42°47′N 87°46′W / 42.78°N 87.76°W / 42.78; -87.76