Roscoe, Illinois

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Roscoe, Illinois

Introduction to Roscoe, Illinois

Located in Winnebago county, Roscoe, Illinois, is 10 miles NE of Rockford, Illinois (center to center) and 70 miles SW of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The village is included in the Rockford metropolitan area. As of the year 2000 census, 6,244 people live in Roscoe.

Roscoe History

The first settlers of Roscoe arrived in 1835 and set up an establishment along the Rock River. Soon after, Roscoe became a stopover for travelers heading westward; as well, the inter-urban railroad helped in the development of Roscoe. The area was officially incorporated as a village in 1965.

Roscoe and nearby Attractions

  • Anderson Garden
  • Burpee Museum of Natural History
  • Palmer Park
  • Ledges Golf Course
  • Discovery Center Museum
  • Beckman Mill

Things To Do In Roscoe

The area is home to a number of golf courses such as the Ledges Golf Course, Victorian Golf Course, Red Barn Golf Course, and Atwood Homestead Golf Course. The Burpee Museum of Natural History, Beckman Mill, and Discovery Center Museum are housed in the city. The Anderson Garden and Palmer Park offer a host of recreational facilities.

Roscoe Transportation

Dane county Regional - Truax Field Airport is the closest airport to the city.

Roscoe Higher Education

Higher education is available at Rock Valley College, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, and Kishwaukee College.

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High Points

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

Category Trophy
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. Peers)
Top 10% Roscoe Low Rate of Poverty
People in Middle Class or Better
(vs. Peers)
Top 19% Roscoe People in Middle Class or Better

Comparative Profile of Roscoe, Illinois

Comparing Roscoe 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
Children Under 5 Years Old 10 10
Male Share of the Population 9 8
Well-Paid Single Men 5 5
Racial Diversity 4 7
Age of the Population 3 2
Female Share of the Population 2 3
Senior Citizens 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 9 10
Average Household Size 9 9


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Above Poverty 10 9
People in Middle Class or Better 9 9
Median Family Income 8 8
College Educated Adults 6 8

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Short Commute Times 4 6
Working at Home 3 3
Public Transportation Use 3 5
Walking and Biking to Work 3 4


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Housing Recently Built 10 10
Affordability of Rents 3 2
Affordability of Property Taxes 3 3
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 2 3
People Living Alone 1 1
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 1 2

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Roscoe Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 10 miles NE of Rockford, Illinois (center to center)
Nearest Large City 70 miles SW of Milwaukee, Wisconsin
County Winnebago
Metro Area Rockford
Standard Zip Codes 61073
Phone Area Codes 815
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.413
Longitude -89.009

Roscoe 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 6.1 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
Station AFTON
Distance 14.4 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 31.2 miles
Jan Temp 9 to 25 F
Apr Temp 36 to 57 F
Jul Temp 62 to 82 F
Oct Temp 39 to 61 F
Annual Precip 34.7 inches
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Roscoe Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 6,244 100%
Male 3,108 49.8%
Female 3,136 50.2%
Under 18 1,979 31.7%
18+ 4,265 68.3%
65+ 417 6.7%
Median Age 32.9
Average Family Size 3.19
White 5,948 95.3%
African-American 119 1.9%
Asian 51 0.8%
American Indian & Alaskan 14 0.2%
Other 46 0.7%
Mixed Race 65 1%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 156 2.5%

Estimated Roscoe Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 6,355
Growth 111
Growth % 1.8%

Roscoe 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 22.5%
Irish 12%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 11.2%
US/American 10.4%
Swedish 7.6%
English 7%
Italian 6.7%
Norwegian 6.1%
Polish 2.5%
French (except Basque) 1.6%
Scottish 1.5%
Scotch-Irish 1.5%
Albanian 1.4%
Egyptian 1%
Belgian 0.9%
Czech 0.8%
Dutch 0.8%
Austrian 0.8%
Hungarian 0.6%
Danish 0.6%
Dutch West Indian 0.4%
European 0.4%
Swiss 0.4%
Lebanese 0.3%
Canadian 0.3%
Slovene 0.2%
Russian 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Roscoe 6,244 $61,515
Caledonia 199 $52,500
Loves Park 20,044 $52,061
Machesney Park 20,759 $53,788
Poplar Grove 1,368 $60,800
Rockton 5,296 $62,863
South Beloit 5,397 $41,154

Starbucks in Roscoe

(As of 2005)
4860 Hononegah Rd
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