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  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-
Racine is a town in Wisconsin with a population of 77,740. Racine is in Racine County. Living in Racine offers residents a suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Racine there are a lot of bars and parks. Many families live in Racine and residents tend to have moderate political views.
About Racine...
Population
77,740

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$104,400
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$804
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    46%
  • Own
    54%
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Racine Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    434.3
    282.7
  • Murder
    1.3
    6.1
  • Rape
    78.8
    40.7
  • Robbery
    157.7
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    539
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,571.6
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    166.7
    284

Residents

Diversity
A+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    15%
  • 10-17 years
    12%
  • 18-24 years
    10%
  • 25-34 years
    14%
  • 35-44 years
    13%
  • 45-54 years
    12%
  • 55-64 years
    12%
  • 65+ years
    12%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    5%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    12%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    34%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    32%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    17%
    13%

Working in Racine

Jobs
C+
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$42,590
National
$55,322
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Racine Reviews

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Big city vibe with a small town culture. Very diverse, authentic restaurant selection. Racine has an amazing shoreline on the largest of the Great Lakes, Lake Michigan. North Beach is a 2 mile stretch of sandy beachfront that offers beach volleyball, a kids playground area, a mesh path making the beach wheelchair accessible, grills and picnic areas just off the beach. The oasis, is a pavilion area at north beach that offers food, drinks, and has live music.

Racine also has several very historic areas, one area downtown, known as the historic district, still has brick paved roads that have been restored and maintained over the years. Racine is also home to S.C. Johnson's the company that makes Glade, Windex, Ziploc, and several other household items.
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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!
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!