Machesney Park, Illinois

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Machesney Park, Illinois

Introduction to Machesney Park, Illinois

Machesney Park, Illinois is 6 miles NE of Rockford, Illinois (center to center) and 74 miles SW of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It is in Winnebago county. The village is part of the Rockford metro area. The population of Machesney Park is 20,759.

Machesney Park History

The village of Machesney Park was settled in the early 1830’s. Originally, it was named "Harlem" by the early Dutch settlers. Later on, the area was renamed Machesney Park after the Machesney Airport, which founded by Fred Machesney in 1927. Until the 1950’s, the airfield was the main airport of Rockford. Machesney Park was incorporated in 1981 as a village.

Machesney Park and nearby Attractions

  • Rock Cut State Park
  • Anderson Japanese Gardens
  • Burpee Museum of Natural History
  • Klehm Arboretum and Botanic Garden
  • Forest City Queen at Riverview Park
  • Magic Waters - Cherry Valley

Things To Do In Machesney Park

At Machesney Park, you can visit the Dennis Johnson Memorial Park, Schoonmaker Park, Rock Cut State Park, Williams Park, and Willow Creek Path. Shopping can be enjoyed at the Machesney Mall Shopping Center. The Anderson Japanese Gardens, one of the most valued attractions of Rockford, can be reached within a few minutes. The Rock River Discovery Park, Sinnissippi Park Golf Course, and Rockford Speedway are also nearby.

Machesney Park Transportation

Greater Rockford Airport is nearby.

Machesney Park Higher Education

Rock Valley College, Northern Illinois University, Kishwaukee College, and several other colleges and universities offers facilities for higher studies.

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High Points

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

Category Trophy
Short Commute Times
(vs. State)
Top 19% Machesney Park Short Commute Times

Comparative Profile of Machesney Park, Illinois

Comparing Machesney Park 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
Male Share of the Population 9 8
Well-Paid Single Men 6 6
Children Under 5 Years Old 5 6
Well-Paid Single Women 5 6
Age of the Population 5 4
Racial Diversity 4 7
Female Share of the Population 2 3
Senior Citizens 2 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 8 8
Average Household Size 8 8


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Above Poverty 8 7
People in Middle Class or Better 7 7
Median Family Income 7 7
College Educated Adults 2 4

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Short Commute Times 7 9
Walking and Biking to Work 5 7
Working at Home 3 3
Public Transportation Use 2 4


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Housing Recently Built 7 8
Affordability of Rents 5 3
Affordability of Property Taxes 4 4
People Living Alone 3 2
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 2 4
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 2 4

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Machesney Park Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 6 miles NE of Rockford, Illinois (center to center)
Nearest Large City 74 miles SW of Milwaukee, Wisconsin
County Winnebago
Metro Area Rockford
Standard Zip Codes 61115
Phone Area Codes 815
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.347
Longitude -89.038

Machesney Park Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Station BELOIT
Distance 10.6 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 18.7 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
Distance 25.6 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
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Machesney Park Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 20,759 100%
Male 10,299 49.6%
Female 10,460 50.4%
Under 18 5,492 26.5%
18+ 15,267 73.5%
65+ 1,928 9.3%
Median Age 35.9
Average Family Size 3.04
White 19,805 95.4%
African-American 284 1.4%
Asian 201 1%
American Indian & Alaskan 53 0.3%
Other 169 0.8%
Mixed Race 240 1.2%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 584 2.8%

Estimated Machesney Park Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 21,846
Growth 1,087
Growth % 5.2%

Machesney Park 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 26.6%
Irish 11.1%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 10.8%
US/American 8.8%
Swedish 8.7%
Italian 7.3%
English 6.9%
Norwegian 5.2%
Polish 2.9%
Dutch 1.9%
French (except Basque) 1.8%
Scottish 1.3%
Scotch-Irish 0.9%
European 0.8%
French Canadian 0.6%
Lithuanian 0.6%
Scandinavian 0.5%
Swiss 0.4%
Czech 0.3%
Belgian 0.2%
Serbian 0.2%
Welsh 0.2%
Finnish 0.2%
Danish 0.2%
Greek 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Machesney Park 20,759 $53,788
Caledonia 199 $52,500
Cherry Valley 2,191 $70,833
Loves Park 20,044 $52,061
Rockford 150,115 $45,465
Rockton 5,296 $62,863
Roscoe 6,244 $61,515

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(As of 2005)
Machesney Park-Route 173 & Orlando
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Machesney Park High Schools (2004)

Serves 2,326 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.8

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