Introduction to Harvard, Illinois

Harvard, Illinois, in McHenry county, is 26 miles NE of Rockford, Illinois and 55 miles SW of Milwaukee, Wisconsin The city's population is 7,996.

Harvard History

In 1855, trains from Chicago on the Chicago and Northwestern Railway route would stop for servicing at the southeastern Chemung Township. Elbridge Gerry Ayer purchased land to start a community, and in April of 1856, the station was named Harvard. Railroad employment steadily increased and the population of Harvard began to grow. Harvard was finally incorporated in 1868.

Harvard and nearby Attractions

  • Chester Gould Dick Tracy Museum
  • Beckman Mill
  • Big Foot Beach State Park
  • Family Aquatic Center
  • Veteran Acres Park

Things To Do In Harvard

Local museums and historical sites include the Geneva Lake Area Museum of History, the Old Courthouse Arts Center and Yerkes Observatory, where the world’s biggest lens telescope is located. Local parks include the Big Foot Beach State Park and the Veteran Acres Park.

Harvard Transportation

Flights are available from Chicago O’Hare International Airport.

Harvard Higher Education

Mchenry County College, Rock Valley College, the University of Wisconsin and Elgin Community College are some of the nearby colleges and universities.


Total Population 9,829
Male Share of the Population 50.5%
Female Share of the Population 49.5%
Senior Citizens 6.9%
Employed Population 16+ 4,144
Age of the Population 27


% of people married 55.5%
Average household size 4

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 8.9%
Median Earnings25+ $24,640
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $21,321
Median Earnings With High School Degree $22,542


Median Family Income $46,862
% Above Poverty Level 67.9%
% Below Poverty Level 32.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 35 minutes
% Working from Home 4.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.2%
% Using Public Transportation 3%


People Living Alone 16.6%
Median Gross Rent $963
Median House Value $127,600


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 51.5%
US/American 0%
English 3.7%
Irish 10.4%

Harvard Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 26 miles NE of Rockford, Illinois (center to center)
Nearest Large City 55 miles SW of Milwaukee, Wisconsin
County McHenry
Standard Zip Codes 60033
Phone Area Codes 815
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.422
Longitude -88.613

Harvard Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 11.9 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 22.1 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
Distance 26.6 miles
Jan Temp 11 to 28 F
Apr Temp 37 to 56 F
Jul Temp 62 to 82 F
Oct Temp 42 to 61 F
Annual Precip 36.5 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Alden (60033)

Chemung (60033)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Caledonia 215 $73,125
Capron 1,793 $52,120
Greenwood 400 $79,063
Hebron 1,094 $70,278

Harvard Public Libraries

Harvard Diggins Library
Harvard, Illinois
(815) 943-4671
Library Web Site

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Harvard Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
(815) 943-5431
Emergency Service: Yes

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Student/teacher ratio: 14.6

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