Introduction to Belvidere, Illinois

Belvidere, Illinois, in Boone county, is 12 miles E of Rockford, Illinois (center to center) and 67 miles NW of Chicago, Illinois. The city is conveniently located inside the Rockford metropolitan area. There are an estimated 20,820 people in Belvidere.

Belvidere History

Belvidere was first settled by Mr. Whitney in 1835. He named the area "Elysian Fields". Later on, a Montreal lawyer, named Ebenezer Peck, renamed the area Belvidere. In fact, the area was named after Belvidere, Quebec. The post office was established on February 15, 1837, and the first railroad entered the city in 1851. The City of Belvidere was incorporated in 1852.

Belvidere and nearby Attractions

  • Kinnikinnick Creek Conservation Area
  • Spencer Park
  • Magic Waters - Cherry Valle
  • Forest City Queen at Riverview Park
  • Anderson Japanese Gardens
  • Rock River Discovery Park

Things To Do In Belvidere

Belvidere offers approximately 110 acres of parkland including Spencer Park, Belvidere Municipal Park, and Kinnikinnick Creek Conservation Area. The city also has two bowling alleys and two golf courses. You can enjoy biking at the Long Prairie Trail. You can also visit the Boone County Historical Museum and Midway Village and Museum Center of Rockford during your leisure hours. The White Pines Forest State Park, Lowden State Park, and Castle Rock State Park are also worth visiting.

Belvidere Transportation

You can reach Greater Rockford Airport within a few minutes.

Belvidere Higher Education

Higher educational facilities are provided by Rock Valley College, McHenry County College, Kishwaukee College, Waubonsee Community College, Northern Illinois University, University of Wisconsin - Whitewater, and Elgin Community College.


Total Population 25,713
Male Share of the Population 48.8%
Female Share of the Population 51.2%
Senior Citizens 11.2%
Employed Population 16+ 11,039
Age of the Population 35


% of people married 50.2%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 12.2%
Median Earnings25+ $33,406
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $19,609
Median Earnings With High School Degree $31,121


Median Family Income $55,120
% Above Poverty Level 84%
% Below Poverty Level 16%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 28 minutes
% Working from Home 2.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.4%
% Using Public Transportation 0.1%


People Living Alone 23.7%
Median Gross Rent $713
Median House Value $111,500


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 38%
US/American 0%
English 5.6%
Irish 12.1%

Belvidere Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 12 miles E of Rockford, Illinois (center to center)
Nearest Large City 67 miles NW of Chicago, Illinois
County Boone
Metro Area Rockford
Standard Zip Codes 61008
Phone Area Codes 815
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.263
Longitude -88.844

Belvidere Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 12.5 miles
Jan Temp 11 to 28 F
Apr Temp 37 to 59 F
Jul Temp 62 to 85 F
Oct Temp 39 to 63 F
Annual Precip 36.4 inches
Station BELOIT
Distance 19 miles
Jan Temp 12 to 27 F
Apr Temp 38 to 58 F
Jul Temp 62 to 83 F
Oct Temp 41 to 62 F
Annual Precip 35.2 inches
Station DE KALB
Distance 23.1 miles
Jan Temp 10 to 27 F
Apr Temp 37 to 58 F
Jul Temp 63 to 84 F
Oct Temp 40 to 63 F
Annual Precip 37.3 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Caledonia 215 $73,125
Capron 1,793 $52,120
Cherry Valley 2,884 $77,847

Belvidere Public Libraries

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(815) 544-3838
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Student/teacher ratio: 19.3

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