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Overview

Introduction to Freeport, Illinois

Freeport, Illinois, in Stephenson county, is 27 miles W of Rockford, Illinois (center to center) and 101 miles SW of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The city has a population of 26,443.

Freeport History

The area now known as Freeport was originally called "Winneshiek". It got its current name from the generosity of settler William "Tutty" Baker who offered a free ferry across the Pecatonica River. The name "Winneshiek" was later adopted by the Freeport Community Theatre Group and has been preserved to this day. The Stephenson County was formed in 1837 and Freeport became the seat of government in 1838.

Freeport and nearby Attractions

  • Freeport Public Library
  • Freeport Park District - Historical Museum
  • Freeport Prairie Nature Preserve
  • West Avenue Shopping Center
  • Park Hills Golf Course
  • Freeport Raceway

Things To Do In Freeport

Visitors interested in learning about the historical and cultural background of the city can visit the Freeport Public Library, the Freeport City Hall, the Stephenson County Jail, and the Stephenson County Historical Museum. There are also a number of beautiful churches and cemeteries around the city. The shopping centers provide a host of entertainment facilities to visitors. The parks are ideal for outings with family and friends.

Freeport Transportation

Greater Rockford Airport is close by.

Freeport Higher Education

Higher educational opportunities are provided by Highland Community College, Rock Valley College, and University of Wisconsin Colleges.

People

Total Population 24,973
Male Share of the Population 46.9%
Female Share of the Population 53.1%
Senior Citizens 21%
Employed Population 16+ 10,166
Age of the Population 43

Families

% of people married 43.8%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 17.1%
Median Earnings25+ $25,707
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $16,160
Median Earnings With High School Degree $22,064

Wealth

Median Family Income $47,120
% Above Poverty Level 79%
% Below Poverty Level 21%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 17 minutes
% Working from Home 3.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 4%
% Using Public Transportation 1.3%

Housing

People Living Alone 36.5%
Median Gross Rent $609
Median House Value $75,400

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 26.9%
US/American 0%
English 6.9%
Irish 11.6%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Freeport Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 27 miles W of Rockford, Illinois (center to center)
Nearest Large City 101 miles SW of Milwaukee, Wisconsin
County Stephenson
Standard Zip Codes 61032
Phone Area Codes 815
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.296
Longitude -89.621

Freeport Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

Station FREEPORT WASTE WTR PLT
Distance 1.1 miles
Jan Temp 9 to 25 F
Apr Temp 36 to 57 F
Jul Temp 62 to 82 F
Oct Temp 39 to 61 F
Annual Precip 34.7 inches
Station MOUNT CARROLL
Distance 23 miles
Jan Temp 8 to 29 F
Apr Temp 35 to 60 F
Jul Temp 59 to 85 F
Oct Temp 36 to 64 F
Annual Precip 37.8 inches
Station BRODHEAD
Distance 25.2 miles
Jan Temp 6 to 26 F
Apr Temp 34 to 57 F
Jul Temp 60 to 83 F
Oct Temp 36 to 61 F
Annual Precip 35.5 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Freeport, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Scioto Mills (61032)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Cedarville 633 $64,375
Dakota 511 $55,313
German Valley 440 $66,635

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Freeport Public Libraries

Library
Freeport P.l.
314 W. STEPHENSON ST.
Freeport, Illinois
(815) 233-3000

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Freeport Hospitals

FHN MEMORIAL HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
1045 WEST STEPHENSON STREET
(815) 235-4131
Emergency Service: Yes

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Freeport High Schools

(Sorted by Number of Students)

FREEPORT HIGH SCHOOL
701 W MOSELEY ST
815-232-0400
Serves 1,351 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.4

FREEPORT ALTERNATIVE HIGH SCH
1330 S LOCUST
815-233-0796
A Non-traditional School
Serves 29 students.

RAP
206 S GALENA AVE
815-297-1041
A Non-traditional School
Serves 16 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 8

FREEPORT ALTERNATIVE HIGH SCH
1330 S LOCUST
815-233-0796
A Non-traditional School
Serves 6 students.

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