About Kenosha WI
On the southwestern shore of Lake Michigan is Kenosha, the 4th largest city in Wisconsin and the 4th largest city on the western shore of Lake Michigan. With a population of 98,187 (2009 census), Kenosha borders Bristol, the Town of Somers, and the Village of Pleasant Prairie.
The now Kenosha area is one of archeological interest; pre-historic settlements are approximated to date back to the Wisconsin glaciations era.
Settled by Paleo Indians at least 13,500 years ago, the Potawatomi originally named the area “gnozhe” (“place of the pike”) and the community was known as “Pike” in 1836. In later years it was renamed “Southport” and the southeast-side neighborhood, elementary school, park and a few businesses. The city gained its current name in 1850, often referred to by Kenoshans as “K-Town” and “Keno”.
These are only small morsels of Kenosha’s history; 21 of Kenosha’s locations and 3 districts are on the National Register of Historic Places.
Further, Kenosha has been recognized for the following:
- Named on Inc. Magazine’s May 2006 “Hottest Midsize Cities” list
- Money listed Kenosha on its list of “Best Places to Live” in 2005 (in US communities survey)
- Named on “Best Performing Cities” list (among largest 200 Metro areas in US) by the Milken Institute in 2005
- Ranked 2nd place by Readers Digest in 1997 for “Best Places to Raise a Family”
- Rated among the “Best Cities for Relocating Families” in the 500,000 to 250,000 metro population category by Worldwide ERC
ECONOMY, TRANSPORTATION & GENERAL INFO
Located between Milwaukee and Chicago, Kenosha offers job opportunities both within the city and outside the city in one of these metropolitan areas or other bordering areas. In June, 2009, the Milken Institute did a study and named Kenosha as one of the National top 50 high-tech economies.
Tourism in Kenosha places it within the top 20% of Wisconsin’s 72 counties, which also creates job opportunity.
With a passenger train, a 2 mile street car line serving downtown and Harbor Park, buses and taxis, there are plenty of transportation options to get you back and forth to work or just out and about around town. If you’re looking to travel there’s nearby General Mitchell International Airport.
Schools are within the Kenosha Unified School District. Post-secondary schools in the area are the University of Wisconsin-Parkside which lies on the border of Racine and has 33 different undergraduate programs and several graduate programs; Carthage College, a private college of liberal arts and sciences; and Gateway Technical College which offers programs both on-campus and online.
There are also several university branches in Kenosha including National-Louis University, Concordia University Wisconsin, Cardinal Stritch University and the new Herzing University.
ARTS, MUSIC and THINGS TO DO IN KENOSHA
Kenosha offers an array of cultural activities, performing arts, music, parks, golf, cycling and more. No matter your taste, age, or entertainment preference, there’s sure to be plenty for you to enjoy!
With a variety of specialty stores, outlet stores, and malls there’s also plenty of shopping opportunities.
If you’re looking to wine and dine, Kenosha provides a variety of fine dining options as well as comfortable cafes and coffee shops, pubs, grills, and more.
Visit the Kenosha Things to Do page for more details about the culture, fun and relaxation you can get into around Kenosha.
HOMES FOR SALE IN KENOSHA
With an array of home styles to choose from that include Ranch, Bungalow, and Executive, Kenosha has something for everyone. Whether you’re looking for cozy or spacious, immaculate or just comfy, we’ll help you find the perfect place.
Take a moment to review an overview of Kenosha communities. One of them could be the location of your next home!
This history-packed, pleasant city is waiting with open arms for you to call it home. With friendly residents, a thriving economy, plenty of educational options and tons of Things To Do you can’t go wrong with Kenosha.
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