Kenosha, Wisconsin, is a city along the southwestern coast of Lake Michigan. The region was long known to Native American tribes as an excellent fishing site. The first Europeans settled in Kenosha in the 1830s.
As of the last census in 2010, Kenosha had a population of 99,218. According to a 2014 estimate, that number had increased by roughly 2,000. According to the 2010 census, 77.1 percent of the population was white, 10.0 percent was black, 1.7 percent was Asian, 0.6 percent was Native American, and 3.8 percent was composed of at least two races. Hispanics of any race made up 16.3 percent of the population.
The 2010 census reported 37,376 households in Kenosha with 36.8 percent having children under 18, and 42.9 percent being married couples. Single women were the heads of 15.9 percent of the households, and single men were the heads of 5.7 percent of the households. People living alone made up 28.8 percent of households, with 9.7 percent of the households consisting of solitary senior citizens. Unrelated people living together made up 35.5 percent of the households. The average household consisted of 2.56 people, and the average family contained 3.17 people.
As of 2013, the median household income of Kenosha was $42,274. By contrast, the median household income of the state of Wisconsin was $51,467.
Kenosha’s location on the coast of Lake Michigan means it has miles of sandy beaches; the city has mandated that 90 percent of them will be available to the public, and the beaches are popular tourist attractions. Other attractions include charter fishing tours, parks, gardens and trails. Kenosha also has four historical districts. It is home to three museums, the Dinosaur Discovery Museum, the Civil War Museum and the Kenosha Public Museum. All three are affiliated with the Smithsonian Institution.
Snap-on Tools, a manufacturer of high-end tools, is based in Kenosha. So is Jockey International, a maker of sleepwear and underwear. Thanks at least partly to such businesses, manufacturing made up 23 percent of the industries in Kenosha in 2013. Similarly, 11 percent of the jobs in Kenosha were related to production.