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Overview

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.

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.

People

Total Population 23,037
Male Share of the Population 48.2%
Female Share of the Population 51.8%
Senior Citizens 12.9%
Employed Population 16+ 11,161
Age of the Population 39

Families

% of people married 50%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 14.5%
Median Earnings25+ $34,521
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $17,273
Median Earnings With High School Degree $30,687

Wealth

Median Family Income $60,823
% Above Poverty Level 91.5%
% Below Poverty Level 8.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 23 minutes
% Working from Home 2.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.5%
% Using Public Transportation 0.5%

Housing

People Living Alone 21.9%
Median Gross Rent $928
Median House Value $116,300

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 18.5%
US/American 0%
English 10%
Irish 17.2%

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

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

Notes:

  • 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
Station BRODHEAD
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

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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Machesney Park High Schools

HARLEM HIGH SCHOOL
1 HUSKIE CIRCLE
815-654-4511
Serves 2,326 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.8

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