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About Kenosha, WI
Kenosha is a city in and the county seat of Kenosha County in State of Wisconsin. With an estimated population of 99,889 as of July 1, 2013, 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 (56 km) 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.
Years ago a busy center of manufacturing, Kenosha is today sometimes considered a "bedroom community" within the Chicago-Milwaukee megalopolis, often attracting new residents from Illinois, especially in the more newly developed western reaches of the city. This leads to Kenosha sometimes being called Chicago's northernmost suburb. According to county statistics, 49% of Kenosha's workforce commutes outside of Kenosha County to their positions. Many travel northward towards Milwaukee or south into the Chicago area. Kenosha does have some of its own employment, and is not a "typical" suburb; in fact, many locals consider neighboring communities Pleasant Prairie and Somers to be suburbs of Kenosha.
A June 2009 study by the Milken Institute ("North America's High-Tech Economy: The Geography of Knowledge-Based Industries") reported that Kenosha placed in the national top-50 high-tech economies. The Public Policy Forum reported that Kenosha's personal-income levels have been sharply rising;[when?] the latest local gain stands at $30.3 million, in contrast to a personal-income drop of $434 million within other adjoining southeastern-Wisconsin communities (except for neighboring Walworth County, which had a $3.3 million gain in the latest statistics.) The Kenosha Board of Realtors reported on March 24, 2010 that Kenosha-area home sales were outpacing the national home-sales trends for most of 2009 and into the new decade. Much of this increase is attributable to the constant influx of newer residents from northern Illinois into higher-priced new developments at the edge of the city.
Today, Kenosha's employment demographics are mainly white-collar. The city's largest employer is the multi-level educational system (this includes Kenosha Public Schools as well as UW-Parkside), and Kenosha's largest private employer is Abbott Laboratories in Abbott Park, Illinois which has recently purchased 400 acres (1.6 km2) within Kenosha County at Highways C at Interstate 94. Kenosha is also home of UAW Local 72.