Introduction to Loves Park, Illinois

Loves Park, Illinois, in Winnebago county, is 3 miles NE of Rockford, Illinois (center to center) and 76 miles SW of Milwaukee,Wisconsin.The city is part of the Rockford metropolitan statistical area (MSA).

Loves Park History

Loves Park was named after Malcolm Love who was an industrialist in the adjacent city of Rockford. Mr. Love purchased 236 acres of land three miles North of Rockford, alongside the Rock River. He used this property to hold social events where he invited his industrialist friends. The area became known as Love’s Park and saw commercial, as well as residential, development in the following years.

Loves Park and nearby Attractions

  • Rockford Speedway
  • Carlson Arctic Ice Arena
  • Rock River Recreation Path
  • Loves Park Playground
  • Pierce Lake
  • Rock Cut State Park

Things To Do In Loves Park

The Rockford Park District manages the vast areas of parkland. People can participate in a wide range of activities in any of the several parks. The park district also has an ice skating rink and a walking trail running alongside Rock River. The Harlem Community Center regularly organizes recreational programs and various sporting events.

Loves Park Transportation

Greater Rockford Airport is a short drive away.

Loves Park Higher Education

Rock Valley College is nearby. Kishwaukee College and Northern Illinois University are some distance away.


Total Population 24,494
Male Share of the Population 49.3%
Female Share of the Population 50.7%
Senior Citizens 14%
Employed Population 16+ 11,750
Age of the Population 39


% of people married 49.5%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 22.6%
Median Earnings25+ $33,593
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $23,794
Median Earnings With High School Degree $26,930


Median Family Income $62,634
% Above Poverty Level 88.6%
% Below Poverty Level 11.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 20 minutes
% Working from Home 3.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.4%
% Using Public Transportation 0.4%


People Living Alone 32%
Median Gross Rent $791
Median House Value $114,100


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 22.6%
US/American 0%
English 9.9%
Irish 12.1%

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

Loves Park Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 3 miles NE of Rockford, Illinois (center to center)
Nearest Large City 76 miles SW of Milwaukee, Wisconsin
County Winnebago
Metro Area Rockford
Standard Zip Codes 61111
P.O. Box Zip Codes 61130, 61131, 61132
Phone Area Codes 815
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.32
Longitude -89.058

Loves Park Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 8.6 miles
Jan Temp 11 to 27 F
Apr Temp 37 to 59 F
Jul Temp 63 to 83 F
Oct Temp 40 to 62 F
Annual Precip 36.6 inches
Station BELOIT
Distance 12.5 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 AFTON
Distance 20.5 miles
Jan Temp 9 to 27 F
Apr Temp 35 to 58 F
Jul Temp 60 to 84 F
Oct Temp 38 to 61 F
Annual Precip 32.7 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Caledonia 219 $73,125
Cherry Valley 2,913 $78,793

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

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