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B-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    C+
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    C
  4. Nightlife
    A-
  5. Good for Families
    B-
  6. Diversity
    A+
  7. Jobs
    C+
  8. Weather
    C+
  9. Cost of Living
    B+
  10. Health & Fitness
    C+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    A-

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$106,400
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$775
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    46%
  • Own
    54%

Racine Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    273
    283
  • Murder
    8
    6
  • Rape
    21
    41
  • Robbery
    172
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    873
    500
  • Theft
    1,947
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    129
    284

Residents

Diversity
A+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$41,178
National
$55,322
Children
23%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    5%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    12%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    33%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    31%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    18%
    13%
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Racine Reviews

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As a person having grown up here, I can say this place is not very good. As a child, no one wanted to stay in Racine, but to move to another place. There is almost nothing to do here; if you want to do something fun, you would have to go to another city. Also, the public schools suck. RUSD needs to get its stuff together. Even though Greater Racine (Racine county east of I-94) is rather liberal, it was voted one of the worst places to live if you are black. Racine has one of the highest gap between wages of white and black people (35¢ to the $1!). The City of Racine is not very safe. I know some people that will avoid just driving through it! However, Racine has a lot of potential, since it is between Chicago and Milwaukee. Foxconn is coming, and will hopefully bring in a lot of opportunities and jobs. They are rebuilding the mall in Mt. Pleasant. North Beach is a very large beach, but is unfortunately going downhill. Keep an eye on Racine, we will be a near-star!
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I was born and raised in Racine and have lived here for 23 years! The people are all very kind and exhibit Midwestern hospitality. Racine is located on the coast of Lake Michigan and has one of the best beaches in the nation. North Beach stretches north to south for 50 acres along 2,500 feet of shoreline allowing visitors to spread out to play in the soft sand and cool water. It also has a huge playground to add to the fun. Winters are definitely brutal, but it makes the residents of southeastern Wisconsin appreciate the summer so much more. Located just south of Milwaukee, Racine is a prime location if you're looking to go to Summerfest. It's just 20 minutes away from the two-week long music festival – the largest music festival in the world!
I was born and raised here in Racine. I will be attending college in the fall in northern Wisconsin. I look forward to learning and experiencing things in a much town smaller than Racine. Overall, I have enjoyed participating in community sponsored sports, high school sports and just hanging out with friends. The lake here is beautiful and I have many happy memories based in Racine. There are endless places to explore, both north and south of Racine as well. Located between Chicago and Milwaukee, and within a drivable distance, Racine is a convenient and less expensive place to live, if you want to experience a smaller city lifestyle while still being able to take advantage of the offerings that a big city like Milwaukee or Chicago have. I look forward to adventures beyond Racine, but also to returning to visit friends and family.