Here & There – Kenosha, WI
Located on the southwestern shore of Lake Michigan, Kenosha is the county seat of Kenosha County, Wisconsin. With an estimated population of 99,889, it is the fourth-largest city in Wisconsin and the fourth-largest city on Lake Michigan.
Kenosha, decades ago a bustling hub of manufacturing, is today a bedroom community because of the ease of access to the Chicago-Milwaukee corridor. According to county statistics, 49% of Kenosha’s workforce commutes outside of Kenosha County to their positions. Many travel northward towards Milwaukee or south into the Chicago area with commute times ranging from 20-45 minutes respectively.
The importance of manufacturing jobs in Kenosha continues to diminish with only 11.7 percent of the total workforce of 66,362 area residents involved, a decline of 22 percent since 1990. During the same period, Kenosha experienced growth in the business and professional services sector – from 3.2 percent to 11 percent.
Snap-on Tools world headquarters and Jockey International corporate headquarters are in Kenosha, which is also home to Carthage College, a private university that is a member of the CCIW along with Millikin University in Decatur.
Popular tourism sites include the Jelly Belly Visitor Center store and factory tours and the Mars Cheese Castle with Wisconsin-related products. The Kenosha Harbor Market is a European-style Farmer’s Market held mid-May through mid-October on Second Avenue.
Vital Statistics Decatur, IL Kenosha, WI
Population: 71,435 456,396
Median HH Income: $38,124 $51,640
Median Home Price: $78,300 $152,700
Median Property Taxes: $2,019 $3,670
Cost of Living Index: 83.6 105.4
Air Quality Index: 55.4 73.4
3420 Christmas Tree Road
Square Feet: 1,920
Year Built: 2002
Cape Cod on 3.6 acres, open concept, high ceilings, wood floors, French doors to covered porch.
7829 43rd Avenue
Square Feet: 1,029
Year Built: 1961
South side ranch with hardwood floors, new windows, eat in kitchen – includes appliances.
This article originally appeared in the February/March 2019 issue of Decatur Magazine. It may not be reproduced or redistributed in whole or in part without the publisher’s consent.
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