On the southwest shore of Lake Michigan, just 55 miles north of Chicago and 30 miles south of Milwaukee, lies Kenosha, Wisconsin, a thriving, expanding commuter town. The city, which is the largest in Kenosha County, is home to 20 miles worth of beaches and bike trails along the lake, a brand new Dinosaur Museum, and the Kenosha Public Museum, which houses the most complete, and largest, skeleton of a Woolly Mammoth ever excavated.
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Housing Statistics Kenosha is a thriving city, and over the years, it has been included in multiple lists of 100 best places in the country to live by Money, Reader's Digest, and other publications. In fact, Kenosha County saw a population increase of 33 percent between 1990 and 2000--in 1990 the population was 128,200, and in 2010 the population of the county was 166,400. Also, unlike most of the country, in the first seven months of 2013 the number of home sales in Kenosha County have either equaled or exceed their pre-recession 2007 numbers for the first time since the recession. In July 2013 there were 222 home sales in the county, compared to 161 in July 2012, and in 2012 (the last year data is available) the median value of a home in the city of Kenosha was $161,200.
Tourist Attractions The main tourist attraction in Kenosha is Lake Michigan. The city's land includes 20 miles of continuous shore along the Great Lake, providing tons of beach areas and bike and walking paths. Make sure you take a ride on the restored electric streetcars, which go along a two-mile track near the shore--a great way to see HarborPark, the large expanse of land open to the public. Also take a break and catch a bite in HarborMarket, which is a London-style market with tons of meats, cheeses, arts, and other exciting experiences. During the winter, tourists certainly shouldn't miss the Kenosha Public Museum or the new Civil War Museum. Both are quality museums you'd expect to see in a large city, with tons of history and exciting exhibits.
Sports If you're into track cycling--bicycling along banked tracks--then there is no way you can skip out on Kenosha's Washington Bowl, the oldest operating velodrome in the United States. Opened in 1927, the track is 333-meters long, making it the longest. The bowl offers training sessions in the summer, in addition to weekly races sponsored by the Kenosha Velodrom Association. Even if you don't plan on hopping on a bike you can take advantage of the free seating available on the inside of the track. Another biking attraction is the Food Folks and Spokes criterium-racing event, which takes place during the International Cycling Classic's worldwide "SuperWeek." If golf is more your style there are tons of courses available, including Petrifying Springs Golf Course, which was named the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's number one sporty course.
Neighborhoods There are approximately 30 census designated areas in Kenosha, which makes sense since the population is around 100,000. The city is very diverse economically and geographically, with some neighborhoods being more residential than others. As a city, and somewhat urban area, there are more apartments than in other nearby towns. You can expect to find a home in Kenosha that fits your needs. Here's a rundown of just a few notable neighborhoods to start your search.
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