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Kenosha County, Wisconsin
Map of Wisconsin highlighting Kenosha County
Location in the state of Wisconsin
Map of the U.S. highlighting Wisconsin
Wisconsin's location in the U.S.
Founded 1850
Seat Kenosha
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

754 sq mi (1,953 km²)
273 sq mi (707 km²)
481 sq mi (1,246 km²), 63.83%
 - (2010)
 - Density

549/sq mi (212/km²)

Kenosha County is a county located along the West Shore of Lake Michigan in the far southeastern corner U.S. state of Wisconsin. Its county seat is Kenosha.[1] Its 2010 population was 166,426.

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. Kenosha County, although commercial development has been greatly on the rise in the last decade, is very dependent on the major nearby economies of Chicago and Milwaukee.

Geography[edit | edit source]

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.

Major highways[edit | edit source]

Adjacent counties[edit | edit source]

Demographics[edit | edit source]

2000 Census Age Pyramid for Kenosha County.

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1850 10,734
1860 13,900 29.5%
1870 13,147 −5.4%
1880 13,550 3.1%
1890 15,581 15.0%
1900 21,707 39.3%
1910 32,929 51.7%
1920 51,284 55.7%
1930 63,277 23.4%
1940 63,505 0.4%
1950 75,238 18.5%
1960 100,615 33.7%
1970 117,917 17.2%
1980 123,137 4.4%
1990 128,181 4.1%
2000 149,577 16.7%
2010 166,426 11.3%
WI Counties 1900-1990

As of the census[2] 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.

Government[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

Cities[edit | edit source]

Villages[edit | edit source]

Towns[edit | edit source]

Unincorporated communities[edit | edit source]

Kenosha County Courthouse and Jail

Ghost towns[edit | edit source]

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  • 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. 

External links[edit | edit source]

Coordinates: 42°35′N 87°49′W / 42.58, -87.81

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