Racine County Court House
Location within the U.S. state of Wisconsin
Wisconsin's location within the U.S.
|Founded||December 7, 1836|
|o Total||792 sq mi (2,050 km2)|
|o Land||333 sq mi (860 km2)|
|o Water||460 sq mi (1,200 km2) 58%%|
| o Estimate |
|o Density||586/sq mi (226/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC-6 (Central)|
|o Summer (DST)||UTC-5 (CDT)|
Racine County is a county located in southeastern Wisconsin. As of the 2010 census, its population was 195,408, making it the fifth-most populous county in Wisconsin. Its county seat is Racine. The county was founded in 1836, then a part of the Wisconsin Territory.
The county's unemployment rate was 3.2% in May 2019.
As of the census 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.
The County Board consists of 21 members, each elected from single-member districts. The county executive is elected in a countywide vote. The county executive is Jonathan Delagrave. The Circuit Court is made up of ten judges, elected in countywide elections for six-year terms.
Racine County has been a bellwether county, having voted for the winning presidential candidate in 28 of the last 31 elections since 1896 despite its solidly Democratic county seat, Racine, Wisconsin. The only exceptions were when it voted for Charles Evans Hughes in 1916, President Ford in 1976, and Michael Dukakis in 1988.
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