Why Racine

Something for Everyone, Minutes to Everything

Racine Location

Whether you choose to live, work or play here — Racine County truly has it all!

Located on the shores of Lake Michigan and conveniently positioned between Chicago and Milwaukee, Racine County boasts lakefront beaches and gentle rolling hills, vibrant urban areas and peaceful rural retreats. World-renowned businesses like SC Johnson, Twin Disc, and InSinkErator and first-class amenities like Reefpoint Marina, Racine Zoo, and Racine Art Museum, make it clear why nearly 200,000 diverse and welcoming residents call one of Racine County’s 17 unique communities home.

Community Snapshot

Racine County was founded in 1836 as a territorial county and is named for the Root River, which flows through Racine County and enters Lake Michigan in the City of Racine. Racine is French for “root.”


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.


Racine County enjoys the beauty and variety of a four season climate. Each season offers sports, activities and events that make the most of the season, from tobogganing, skiing and ice skating in winter to swimming, hiking, and festivals in the summer, there is so much to enjoy in Racine County. 

A Diverse Community

Racine County is the second most diverse county in Wisconsin!*

*Source: niche.com





Racine Schools

Whether your student is interested in public or private education, Racine County has an abundance of educational opportunities for students from Pre-K to College. 


Racine Housing

Interested in an urban apartment or a condo on the water? Looking for sprawling farmland or a rural retreat? You can find exactly what you’re looking for in Racine County.

Quality Of Life

Racine - Lake Michigan

Racine County has something for everyone. Whether you’re an outdoor enthusiast or a culture buff, a shopper or lover of architecture, Racine County is the place for you. 


Racine Employment

Racine County has more than 6,900 businesses and more than 350 manufacturing companies in operation. These companies and their thousands of employees are woven into the fabric of our community.