Geneseo, Illinois

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Geneseo, Illinois

Introduction to Geneseo, Illinois

Located in Henry county, Geneseo, Illinois, is 22 miles E of Davenport, Iowa (center to center) and 132 miles W of Chicago, Illinois. It is a part of the surrounding Davenport - Moline - Rock Island metro area. Geneseo is home to some 6,480 residents.

Geneseo History

The present-day territory of Geneseo was established by ten gentlemen from New York who decided to go west and set up a colony in Illinois between 1835-36; of the ten, seven made it to Henry county. The colonists purchased around 2,000 acres in the area where the city of Geneseo now stands. Geneseo was incorporated as a village on February 14, 1855 by a special act of the General Assembly. It was once again incorporated as a city on February 16, 1865.

Geneseo and nearby Attractions

  • Geneseo Historical Museum
  • Bishop Hill State Historic Site
  • Hennepin Canal Parkway
  • Johnson Sauk Trail State Recreation Area
  • Maple Bluff Golf Club

Things To Do In Geneseo

Geneseo is home to several Victorian-style houses. The Geneseo Historical Museum documents the history of the city. In addition, the historic 104.5-mile Hennepin Canal Parkway near the city spreads across five counties. The Bishop Hill State Historic Site and the Johnson Sauk Trail State Recreation Area are among the other points of interest in Geneseo. The city also has several golf courses such as the Country View Golf Course and Maple Bluff Golf Club. The city also holds the annual 'Christmas Walk', formerly known as the 'Victorian Walk', which is organized by the residents living in the month of December.

Geneseo Transportation

The closest airport to the city is Quad City International Airport.

Geneseo Higher Education

Higher education is available at Black Hawk College, Saint Ambrose University, and Eastern Iowa Community College District.

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High Points

Geneseo strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Illinois):

Category Trophy
Walking and Biking to Work
(vs. State)
Top 4% trophy Geneseo Walking and Biking to Work
Short Commute Times
(vs. State)
Top 12% Geneseo Short Commute Times

Comparative Profile of Geneseo, Illinois

Comparing Geneseo to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Illinois (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Senior Citizens 10 9
Age of the Population 9 9
Female Share of the Population 8 8
Well-Paid Single Men 6 7
Well-Paid Single Women 6 7
Male Share of the Population 4 3
Children Under 5 Years Old 3 3
Racial Diversity 1 4


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 7 6
Average Household Size 3 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Above Poverty 8 7
People in Middle Class or Better 7 7
College Educated Adults 7 8
Median Family Income 6 7

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Walking and Biking to Work 10 10
Short Commute Times 8 9
Working at Home 5 5
Public Transportation Use 2 4


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Affordability of Rents 7 5
People Living Alone 7 7
Affordability of Property Taxes 5 4
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 3 6
Housing Recently Built 3 4
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 1 2

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Geneseo Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 22 miles E of Davenport, Iowa (center to center)
Nearest Large City 132 miles W of Chicago, Illinois
County Henry
Metro Area Davenport - Moline - Rock Island
Standard Zip Codes 61254
Phone Area Codes 309
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.448
Longitude -90.154

Geneseo Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 0.3 miles
Jan Temp 13 to 29 F
Apr Temp 40 to 61 F
Jul Temp 66 to 86 F
Oct Temp 43 to 63 F
Annual Precip 37.4 inches
Station LE CLAIRE L & D 14
Distance 15.1 miles
Jan Temp 13 to 29 F
Apr Temp 41 to 60 F
Jul Temp 67 to 85 F
Oct Temp 45 to 64 F
Annual Precip 34.1 inches
Station KEWANEE 1 E
Distance 19 miles
Jan Temp 10 to 28 F
Apr Temp 37 to 60 F
Jul Temp 62 to 84 F
Oct Temp 39 to 63 F
Annual Precip 35.7 inches
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Geneseo Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 6,480 100%
Male 3,059 47.2%
Female 3,421 52.8%
Under 18 1,578 24.4%
18+ 4,902 75.6%
65+ 1,383 21.3%
Median Age 41.1
Average Family Size 2.94
White 6,387 98.6%
African-American 12 0.2%
Asian 23 0.4%
American Indian & Alaskan 6 0.1%
Other 18 0.3%
Mixed Race 33 0.5%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 61 0.9%

Estimated Geneseo Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 6,524
Growth 44
Growth % 0.7%

Geneseo Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
German 28.5%
Swedish 11%
English 10.7%
US/American 10%
Belgian 9.6%
Irish 7.2%
Dutch 2.8%
Scottish 2.4%
Norwegian 2.3%
Italian 2.1%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 2.1%
Scotch-Irish 1.9%
French (except Basque) 1.6%
Polish 1.4%
European 1.2%
Danish 0.9%
French Canadian 0.8%
Palestinian 0.5%
Greek 0.5%
Croatian 0.4%
Canadian 0.3%
Finnish 0.3%
Welsh 0.3%
Czech 0.2%
Hungarian 0.2%
Swiss 0.2%
Scandinavian 0.2%
Ukrainian 0.2%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Edford (61254)
Fairbank (61254)
Hanna (61254)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Geneseo 6,480 $51,455
Atkinson 1,001 $47,422
Cambridge 2,180 $46,786
Carbon Cliff 1,689 $41,429
Cleveland 253 $47,396
Colona 5,173 $48,250
Hillsdale 588 $49,519

Geneseo Public Libraries

Geneseo P.l.d.
Geneseo, Illinois
(309) 944-6452
Library Web Site

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Geneseo Hospitals

(Government - Hospital District or Authority)
(309) 944-6431
Emergency Service: Yes

Wal-mart in Geneseo

(As of 2006)
125 East Bester Drive
(309) 944-2145
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Student/teacher ratio: 16.9

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Student/teacher ratio: 8.3

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