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Pleasant Prairie is a village in Kenosha County, Wisconsin. It is a small suburban community located between the city of Kenosha and the city of Racine. Once primarily rural, the area has seen explosive population growth over the past three decades. The population was 18,206 at the 2010 census. It is located 12 miles southwest of Kenosha and 4 miles northeast of Lake Geneva. Pleasant Prairie is part of the Kenosha Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Located along the shores of Lake Michigan, Pleasant Prairie borders the city of Kenosha to its west and north, with the village of Somers to its north, and the state of Illinois to its south. The Milwaukee metropolitan area is about 25 miles (40 km) to the east.

The village covers an area of 10.31 square miles (26.7 km2). The total area is 69% water.

Pleasant Prairie is at 42°45′N 87°43′W (42.75, -87.72).

Pleasant Prairie is known as the "Village of Parks". There are 15 parks in total throughout the village including two community parks (which are larger than two standard city blocks), three baseball fields and a professional-sized soccer field that also serves as a practice facility for local high school teams. In addition there are several neighborhood park areas complete with swingsets and tot-lots. There are also wooded trails throughout the parks that serve as walking paths for fitness enthusiasts or those who just want to enjoy nature's beauty. The Riverwalk trail along Lake Michigan links all of the parks together for an enjoyable walk or bike ride for residents and visitors alike.

Name and boundary changes: In 1834 the territory now included in the city of Pleasant Prairie was known as "The Half-Breed Tract" because it had been sold to mixed-bloods by Native Americans in the Treaty of St. Louis (1816) during the Black Hawk War. The first white settlers were John and James Kinzie who built a dam and sawmill on the creek that now bears their name. The dam created a pond which would attract fish, and later became known as Lake Pletea. In 1835 this area was organized as part of Lake Precinct, whose territory extended beyond what is now Kenosha County to Racine County; Lake Precinct was then in Rock County. In 1836 this area became part of Greenfield Township.

In 1837 Greenfield Township was divided into two new townships: Kenosha Township to the west and Greenville Township to the east. In 1850 parts of Greenville and Kenosha Townships became Greenwood Township, which excluded all land north of Pleasant Prairie Creek but did include land south of that stream.

Downtown Pleasant Prairie is a vibrant mid-sized city center with many shops, restaurants and businesses. Many of the shops are independent and offer a wide range of local goods including antiques, clothing, gifts, specialty foods and more. Downtown Pleasant Prairie boasts two professional theaters that provide a venue for national touring shows and community productions. The city is home to the Pleasant Prairie Public Library which has recently undergone an expansion and renovation to add space for programs, children's storytime, teen services, new computers and more meeting space. The library offers programs for all ages including storytimes for children and teens, book clubs for adults and pre-school storytime for children. The library also hosts a variety of events throughout the year including an author series.

The city is home to the History Museum which features exhibits that explore the archaeological past of the area as well as Native American history. The museum features a collection of items and artifacts from early settlers in this area as well as one-of-a-kind historic photographs that capture the development of Pleasant Prairie from its origins to present day.

Additionally, there are many businesses downtown including banks, salons, hair stylists and spas, insurance agencies, law offices and financial institutions.