City of Racine

Racine (/rəˈsiːn/ rə-SEEN) is a city in and the county seat of Racine County, Wisconsin, United States. It is located on the shore of Lake Michigan at the mouth of the Root River. Racine is located 22 miles south of Milwaukee. As of the 2013 U.S. census, the city had a population of 78,199, making it the fifth-largest city in Wisconsin. Its median home price of $103,625 makes it one of the most affordable cities in Wisconsin to buy a home. In January 2017, it was rated “the most affordable place to live in the world” by the Demographia International Housing Affordability survey.

    Recent Racine News

    Paul Sanchez's entrepreneurial journey began in 2010 when he founded Righteous Autos Inc., an auto repair and sales business that began in a one-car garage near Downtown Racine.

    Since opening its doors last August, downtown Racine’s newest hotel, Hotel Verdant by Dominion Properties, has garnered multiple awards for quality, sustainability, and economic development. Housed in the historic Zahn’s Department Store building, a beloved local landmark since 1898, Hotel Verdant combines sustainable design and operations with exceptional customer service and genuine Midwestern hospitality, deeply embedding itself within the Racine community.

    Priscella K. White, a seasoned healthcare professional, started her business, Above & Beyond Adult Family Home (Above & Beyond), in 2011. The business was established to provide full-time care for elderly individuals with disabilities.

    The Village of Mount Pleasant, Racine County, Racine County Economic Development Corporation (RCEDC), and Milwaukee 7 (M7) announced plans for Microsoft to significantly expand its investment in Mount Pleasant.

    Trene McCaskill, owner of H.E.R. Valley - a self-care and revitalization service in Racine - will celebrate the grand opening of her new location at 904 State St. on July 9th at 11:45 a.m.

    In a 4-part video series RCEDC Staff, Andrea Safedis and Wesley Walsh, explain what who and how community loans, also known as Revolving Loan Funds (RLFs), work.

    Racine, WI – Lisa Ramirez opened Blueberry Hilltop Cafe on October 2023 with the goal of providing home-cooked meals in a family-friendly atmosphere.

    Racine County serves as a central hub for a diverse range of enterprises, including global corporations, family-owned businesses, forward-thinking industry pioneers, and burgeoning startups. With a thriving business community, Racine County provides a conducive environment for manufacturers, logistics companies, and various other ventures.

    Racine County stand out as highly attractive locations for businesses seeking to expand operations in advanced manufacturing, technology, and logistics. The region's combination of robust infrastructure, exceptional transportation capabilities, readily available development sites, and a business-friendly environment creates a unique opportunity for growth and success.

    Discover the dynamic future of commercial development in Racine County through three remarkable projects that epitomize innovation and prosperity.

    RCEDC investor and long-time Racine-based company SC Johnson recently opened the Blue Paradox, an immersive experience on the ocean plastic crisis.

    Racine County, RCEDC, local municipalities, and partnering developers have taken the initiative to meet the housing needs head-on. Because of this comprehensive collaboration, Racine County has experienced a steady increase in housing development.


    RCEDC’s mission is to grow Racine County’s property tax base and by supporting business expansions, provide employment opportunities to Racine County residents. In 2023, RCEDC staff were able to facilitate 64 projects that included comprehensive site selection, loans, grants, and incentives resulting in $1.36 billion in private investment and $1.05 billion in new construction.

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