As part of the Johnson Foundation at Wingspread’s “Resilient Communities” initiative, we produced a comprehensive set of “community indicators” that speak to how the Greater Racine community is doing both economically and socioeconomically. While the indicators contain a considerable amount of data that can be interpreted in several different ways, a few key takeaways emerge:
- Racine County’s continued reliance on manufacturing jobs makes it distinctive from adjacent counties and raises the question as to whether this is a strength that should be built upon, or a weakness that should be addressed.
- The City of Racine is suffering from slow growth and high levels of poverty when compared to its surrounding communities, and it lacks the geographic advantages of nearby Kenosha (i.e. its close proximity to I-94) that would be helpful in allowing it to address those challenges.
- The City of Racine has greater need than its surrounding communities to spend more on municipal services (e.g. public safety), but its tax base has much less wherewithal to support that need.