Introduction to Rochelle, Illinois

Rochelle, Illinois, in Ogle county, is 24 miles S of Rockford, Illinois (center to center) and 73 miles W of Chicago, Illinois. Rochelle is part of the surrounding Rockford metro area.

Rochelle History

Rochelle is the largest city of Ogle County, which was founded in 1836. The county, which was created from Jo Daviess and LaSalle Counties, was named after Captain Joseph Ogle, a Revolutionary War veteran. The transcontinental railroads first arrived in the area now known as Rochelle in the late 1850s. Rochelle is also known as Hub City, and is the birthplace of Joan Allen, the three - time Academy Award nominee.

Rochelle and nearby Attractions

  • Caron Ridge Shopping Center
  • Flagg Township Museum
  • Rochelle Railroad Park
  • Franklin Creek State Park
  • John Deere Historic Site
  • Ellwood House Museum and Park

Things To Do In Rochelle

While in Rochelle one can enjoy shopping at the Caron Ridge Shopping Center as well as the Rochelle Commons Shopping Center. The Rochelle Country Club provides excellent facilities for golf enthusiasts. The Connolly Park, Kelley Park, Drexler Park, Sweeney Park, Cooper Park, New Lake Park, and Marina Park are some of the local parks. History buffs can visit the Flagg Township Museum and the Ellwood House Museum and Park. The city hosts the Railroad Days every year in June.

Rochelle Transportation

Greater Rockford Airport less than half an hour's drive away.

Rochelle Higher Education

Kishwaukee College, Rock Valley College, and Northern Illinois University are the centers of higher education.


Total Population 9,440
Male Share of the Population 48.8%
Female Share of the Population 51.2%
Senior Citizens 17.7%
Employed Population 16+ 4,172
Age of the Population 36


% of people married 47.1%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 16.9%
Median Earnings25+ $30,452
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $21,351
Median Earnings With High School Degree $28,669


Median Family Income $55,112
% Above Poverty Level 89.8%
% Below Poverty Level 10.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 21 minutes
% Working from Home 4.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.5%
% Using Public Transportation 0.8%


People Living Alone 33.9%
Median Gross Rent $707
Median House Value $117,500


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 36.2%
US/American 0%
English 7.3%
Irish 10.6%

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

Rochelle Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 24 miles S of Rockford, Illinois (center to center)
Nearest Large City 73 miles W of Chicago, Illinois
County Ogle
Metro Area Rockford
Standard Zip Codes 61068
Phone Area Codes 815
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.923
Longitude -89.068

Rochelle Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 0.5 miles
Jan Temp 8 to 27 F
Apr Temp 35 to 58 F
Jul Temp 60 to 83 F
Oct Temp 37 to 62 F
Annual Precip 33.6 inches
Station PAW PAW 2 NW
Distance 14.8 miles
Jan Temp 8 to 25 F
Apr Temp 36 to 57 F
Jul Temp 60 to 82 F
Oct Temp 38 to 61 F
Annual Precip 36.7 inches
Station DIXON 1 NW
Distance 22.8 miles
Jan Temp 10 to 26 F
Apr Temp 37 to 58 F
Jul Temp 62 to 82 F
Oct Temp 39 to 62 F
Annual Precip 37.2 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Flag Center (61068)

Flagg (61068)

Kings (61068)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Ashton 958 $61,406
Creston 740 $51,094

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

Rochelle Public Libraries

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Rochelle, Illinois
(815) 562-3431

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Rochelle Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
900 N 2ND ST
(815) 562-2181
Emergency Service: Yes

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Rochelle High Schools

1070 N 7TH ST
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 1,064 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.7

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