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The Racine, Kenosha, Pleasant Prairie, Somers, and Oak Creek real estate markets are made up of many smaller communities and neighborhoods. These present variety and each has its own unique characteristics. Whether it’s location and what’s in the neighborhood or nearby, or it’s simply the price ranges of the homes in the area, there will be differences and we want to help our site visitors to understand those differences and use the information here in making lifestyle decisions.

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Racine, WI

Racine (/resin/RAY-seen, or /rsin/ruh-SEEN)[8] is a city in and the county seat of Racine County, Wisconsin, United States. It is located on the shore of Lake Michigan at the mouth of the Root River.[9] As of the 2010 U.S. census, the city had a population of 78,860,[10] making it the fifth-largest city in Wisconsin. Its median home price of $103,625[11] makes it the least expensive city in Wisconsin to buy a home in. On October 10, 1699, a fleet of eight canoes bearing a party of French explorers entered the mouth of Root River. These were the first Europeans known to visit what is now Racine County. Led by Jonathan Paradise, they established a trading post in the area that eventually became a small settlement on Lake Michigan near where the Root River empties into Lake Michigan. "Racine" is French for "root". In 1832, just after the Blackhawk War, the area surrounding Racine was settled by Yankees from upstate New York. In 1834 Captain Gilbert Knapp, USRM founded the settlement of Port Gilbert at the place where the Root River empties into Lake Michigan. The area was previously called Kipi Kawi and Chippecotton by the indigenous peoples, both names for the Root River. The name "Port Gilbert" was never really accepted, and in 1841 the community was incorporated as the village of Racine. After Wisconsin was admitted to the Union in 1848, the new legislature voted in August to incorporate Racine as a city. In 1852, Racine College, an Episcopal college, was founded; it closed in 1933.[12]

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Kenosha, WI

Kenosha/kno/ is a city and the county seat of Kenosha County in the State of Wisconsin in the United States. With a population of 100,150 as of November 2012,[7] Kenosha is the fourth-largest city in Wisconsin. Kenosha is also the fourth-largest city on the western shore of Lake Michigan, preceded by Chicago, Milwaukee, and Green Bay. Kenosha lies on the southwestern shore of Lake Michigan, 35 miles (56km) south of Milwaukee and 50 miles north of Chicago. Kenosha is part of the U.S. Census Bureau's Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL-IN-WI Metropolitan Statistical Area.[8] Kenosha is located in the southeastern corner of Wisconsin at 423456N875044W / 42.58222N 87.84556W / 42.58222; -87.84556 (42.582220, -87.845624).[9] Kenosha's eastern boundary is Lake Michigan. It is bordered by the Town of Somers to the north, the village of Bristol to the west and the village of Pleasant Prairie to the south. Kenosha's passenger train station is the last stop on Chicago's Union Pacific North Metra Line and is conveniently located almost halfway between Milwaukee and Chicago. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 27.03 square miles (70.01km2), of which, 26.93 square miles (69.75km2) is land and 0.10 square miles (0.26km2) is water.[2] Kenosha's population grew by 117 percent between 1940 and 2000. As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 90,352 people, 34,411 households, and 22,539 families residing in the city.


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Pleasant Prairie, WI

Pleasant Prairie is a village in Kenosha County, Wisconsin located between Milwaukee and Chicago. The population was 19,719 at the 2010 census. The neighborhoods of Carol Beach, Dexter's Corner, Ranney, and Tobin are located within the village. Pleasant Prairie is located at 423220N875213W / 42.53889N 87.87028W / 42.53889; -87.87028 (42.538820, -87.870229).[6] According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 33.64 square miles (87.13km2), of which, 33.33 square miles (86.32km2) of it is land and 0.31 square miles (0.80km2) is water.[1] Carol Beach is a residential neighborhood located in Pleasant Prairie.[7] It is generally bordered by Lake Michigan to the east, the Wisconsin-Illinois border to the south, Sheridan Road (Wisconsin State Highway 32) to the west, and 80th Street to the north. It is the location of the Chiwaukee Prairie State Natural Area preserve.

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Somers, WI

Somers is a town in Kenosha County, Wisconsin, United States. The population was 9,569 at the 2010 census. The unincorporated community of Somers is located within the town at Kenosha County Highway E (12th Street) at the former Milwaukee Road (now Canadian Pacific/Amtrak main railroad line north of Chicago). The community was originally named Pike on April 15, 1843, by an act of the Wisconsin territorial legislature, and became Somers in 1851. One story tells of a wealthy Englishman by that name whom the residents were hoping to entice into financing a rail line from Pike to Chicago. Another transient nickname for Somers at about that time was Aurora, where for a time a post office operated under that name from the Willis Tavern.[3] According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 30.5square miles (79.1km), of which, 30.5square miles (79.0km) of it is land and 0.04square miles (0.1km) of it (0.07%) is water. Berryville is a residential and business community located in the town of Somers, Wisconsin along the intersections of Kenosha County Highway A (7th Street) and Highway 32 (Sheridan Road). The community was named for the proliferation of strawberry farms in the area. The Berryville School was a community fixture into the 1980s when it was demolished for new housing. Adjacent to the school to the south was the Mid-City Outdoor Theatre (1948-1984), one of Wisconsin's first drive-in theatres.[4]

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Oak Creek, WI

Oak Creek is a city in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, United States. The population was 34,451 at the 2010 census.[6][5] On January 2, 1838, the territorial legislature divided Milwaukee County into two civil townships: the Town of Milwaukee, encompassing everything north of the present Greenfield Avenue, and the Town of Lake encompassing everything south of the present Greenfield Avenue; "and the polls of election shall be opened at the house of Elisha Higgins, in said town." On March 8, 1839, a new Town of Kinnikinnick was created, encompassing the western part of Lake (later the Towns of Greenfield and Franklin); and on August 13, 1840, the south portion of the Town of Lake was split off to form the town of Oak Creek. As of the 1840 census, the population of the Town of Lake (then including Oak Creek) was 418.[7] In 1955, the Town of Oak Creek, then still semi-rural with a population of 4807 in the 1950 census, was incorporated as a city under the terms of Wisconsin statute 66.0215, also known as "The Oak Creek Law."[8] The Oak Creek Law was crafted by Town Attorney Tony Basile to prevent Oak Creek's annexation by the City of Milwaukee, which by annexations (including the 1954 annexation of the remainder of the Town of Lake) was now bordering Oak Creek and had already annexed one small portion of the town; and was shepherded through the legislature with the help of state Democratic party legislative joint committee chairman Leland McParland, who was the state senator for Oak Creek.[9] On August 5, 2012, a gunman opened fire at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek.[10] The gunman and six other people died, and several people were injured.[11]

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