A+ Kenosha Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
B- Kenosha Cost of Living Cost of living is 5% lower than Wisconsin
919% less expensive than the US average
964% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Kenosha cost of living
C Kenosha Crime Total crime is 1% lower than Wisconsin
Total crime
1,83429% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 5529% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-28%Year over year crime is down
Kenosha crime
D- Kenosha Employment Household income is 9% lower than Wisconsin
Median household income
$49,63610% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$24,25319% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
6%36% higher than the US average
Kenosha employment
C Kenosha Housing Home value is 15% lower than Wisconsin
Median home value
$141,40023% lower than the US average
Median rent price
$83013% lower than the US average
Home ownership
56%12% lower than the US average
Kenosha real estate or Kenosha rentals
F Kenosha Schools HS graduation rate is 5% lower than Wisconsin
High school grad. rates
84%1% higher than the US average
School test scores
37%25% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
15:14% lower than the US average
Kenosha K-12 schools or Kenosha colleges

Living in Kenosha, WI

Located in the state of Wisconsin, Kenosha is a medium-sized city with a population of 99,865 residents. In Kenosha, there are 3,601 people per square mile, which is well above the national population density average. The majority of Kenosha residents report their race to be White; this is followed by Black and Asian.

Whether you’re moving to a new area to be closer to family, friends or for a new job, living in Kenosha could be a positive experience compared to other cities in Wisconsin if you know where to search. To help you find the best places to live in and around Kenosha, AreaVibes has created a livability score using key metrics like crime, cost of living, education, employment, housing and more.

With a livability score of 69 out of 100, Kenosha is ranked #11,916 in the United States and #352 in Wisconsin. There are seven total categories that form the livability score. Kenosha scores well for amenities (A+) and cost of living (B-). There are some categories that Kenosha ranks poorly for, including: weather (F), education (F) and employment (D-). It might be worth taking a closer look to find out why.

Based on the proximity of local amenities like grocery stores, restaurants, coffee shops, parks, librairies, etc., Kenosha has received a higher than average score for its local amenities. If you’re planning on relocating and making this area your permanent home, it’s nice to know that there is an ample amount of amenities and things to do within walking distance or a short drive. Here are some of the more popular things to do in Kenosha: Kenosha Public Museum, Mars Cheese Castle, and Civil War Museum.

There are many factors that go into deciding if an area is the right fit for your lifestyle. Certain “must haves” like low crime, great schools and nearby amenities are all at the top of most people's lists. But before even considering if those options are available, most people will need to know if the real estate in Kenosha is actually affordable. Median real estate prices in Kenosha come in at $141,400, which is 15.3% lower than the Wisconsin average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Kenosha, the home price to income ratio is 2.9, which is 6.5% lower than the Wisconsin average. Knowing if your home will appreciate on a long term or even a short term basis should be factored into your decision making. An increase in your home’s value can be a good way to generate tax-free equity that can create long term financial security. In the past year, appreciation rates for homes in the Kenosha area were 11.5% and 5 year appreciation rates were 5.7%.

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Compare Kenosha, WI Livability To Other Cities

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Kenosha, WI: Enjoy Lake Michigan in Your Backyard!

One reason I love Kenosha, WI, is because you can feel like a "Michigander" while being in beautiful Wisconsin. Kenosha is located right near Lake Michigan, one of the most gorgeous Great Lakes of Michigan. As a native Michigander, I am biased toward Michigan, but have loved every visit to Kenosha I have had.

In Kenosha, you get the true "Midwestern" experience. I remember visiting a friend's home on Lake Michigan, having an outdoor barbecue, and doing some water-skiing on Lake Michigan. What a fun time it was. The thing about Midwesterners too, is that they are the friendliest people you will ever meet in your lifetime. Having been well traveled, and visiting California and New York, I can truly say that no community compares to the friendliness of Midwesterners. My friends in Wisconsin don't care about being the most "sophisticated" people every (even though they own the coolest gadgets!), instead, they care about making people feel comfortable in their homes. This is true of every resident in the city of Kenosha, I would presume.

Since the city of Kenosha is on Lake Michigan's coast, you can bet there are some great seafood restaurants. I loved the trout I had at the Boat House Pub & Eatery. Yum!

Overall, Kenosha gets great ratings in my books. If you want the Midwestern experience, head over to Kenosha!
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