Kenosha County

Kenosha County is the region's flourishing gateway to the Chicago metropolitan market. Its high quality of living, affordable land and easy access to Milwaukee and Chicago make it a magnet for both residents and businesses. It was ranked as part of one of the “hottest” mid-size urban areas in the nation by Inc. magazine.

Its location is ideal. Milwaukee is just 30 minutes to the north. Chicago is just 60 minutes to the south and easily accessible by both car and commuter train. The county's eastern edge overlooks majestic Lake Michigan; the western half is dotted with inland lake communities that spill into the popular Lake Geneva tourism area.

Because of low land costs and access to labor, several major business parks are located along I-94 just north of the Wisconsin-Illinois state line. Major employers in the area include Chrysler LLC, which operates one of its largest engine-manufacturing plants here, Snap-on, Jockey International and Abbott Laboratories, located in Abbott Park, Illinois, which recently purchased 500 acres for a new campus in Pleasant Prairie.

Kenosha, the largest city and county seat, is located on the shores of Lake Michigan and offers a variety of recreational and cultural activities, including the Kenosha Public Museum, the Harbor Marketplace, the Kenosha History Center, the Dinosaur Discovery Museum, Bristol Renaissance Faire and the new Kenosha Civil War Museum.

Click here to read an profile of Kenosha County that highlights its unique attractions and appeal.

Economic Development Information:
The Kenosha Area Business Alliance, Inc. -

Visitor Information:
Kenosha Area Convention & Visitors Bureau -

Kenosha County at A Glance
Population (2009 Est.) 165,382
Population Change 2000-2009 +10.6%
Labor Force (2010) 85,037
Unemployment Rate (2010) 10.8%
Per Capita Personal Income (2009) $33,027
Major Cities
Kenosha (98,187)
Colleges, Vocational Schools and Universities Carthage College, Concordia College, Gateway Technical College, University of Wisconsin-Parkside
Largest Kenosha County Private-Sector Employers (500+ Employees)
United Hospital System
Health care system
Chrysler LLC
Automobile engines
Aurora Health Care
Health care system 500-999
Carthage College
College 500-999
Snap-on Hand tools 500-999
Unified Solutions
Packaging 500-999
Supervalu Holdings Inc.
Grocery wholesalers
Kenosha Beef International
Meat processors
Jockey International
Underwear 500-999
Sanmina-SCI Corp.
Electronic components


Carthage College

A private liberal arts college affiliated with the Lutheran church and located on the shores of Lake Michigan in Kenosha, Carthage College offers bachelor of arts degrees in more than 30 majors.

Enrollment: 2,700

Fields of Study: Education, Fine Arts, Humanities, Natural Sciences, Business Administration, Criminal Justice