Introduction to Spring Valley, Illinois

Spring Valley, Illinois, in Bureau county, is 48 miles NE of Peoria, Illinois and 88 miles SW of Chicago, Illinois. About 5,398 people live in Spring Valley.

Spring Valley History

Spring Valley is located on the Illinois River. Its name was derived from the numerous springs located in the area. Henry J. Miller founded the city in 1884 for the purpose of establishing a coal metropolis. Miller and his son-in-law were some of the first settlers of this region. Spring Valley’s growth was so rapid that it was once called the Magic City. The city was incorporated in 1887.

Spring Valley and nearby Attractions

  • Batavia Depot Museum
  • Bishop Hill State Historic Site
  • Buffalo Rock State Park
  • Donnelley State Fish and Wildlife Area
  • Glen Oak Zoo

Things To Do In Spring Valley

The Bishop Hill State Historic Site was founded in 1846 by religious dissident emigrants from Sweden. The Glen Oak Zoo, the Donnelley State Fish and Wildlife Area, and Hollywood Casino Aurora are accessible from Spring Valley as well. Local parks include the Buffalo Rock State Park, the Matthiessen State Park and the Starved Rock State Park.

Spring Valley Transportation

Greater Peoria Regional is the local airport.

Spring Valley Higher Education

Nearby colleges include Illinois Valley Community College, the Morrison Institute of Technology and Sauk Valley Community College.


Total Population 5,441
Male Share of the Population 49.8%
Female Share of the Population 50.2%
Senior Citizens 17.1%
Employed Population 16+ 2,528
Age of the Population 40


% of people married 49.8%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 17.5%
Median Earnings25+ $32,145
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $22,125
Median Earnings With High School Degree $28,295


Median Family Income $60,664
% Above Poverty Level 86.2%
% Below Poverty Level 13.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 17 minutes
% Working from Home 2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.7%
% Using Public Transportation 0.4%


People Living Alone 32.5%
Median Gross Rent $739
Median House Value $104,200


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 20.8%
US/American 0%
English 9.1%
Irish 15.7%

Spring Valley Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 48 miles NE of Peoria, Illinois (center to center)
Nearest Large City 88 miles SW of Chicago, Illinois
County Bureau
Standard Zip Codes 61362
Phone Area Codes 815
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.327
Longitude -89.199

Spring Valley Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Station PERU
Distance 5.4 miles
Jan Temp 12 to 29 F
Apr Temp 38 to 61 F
Jul Temp 63 to 85 F
Oct Temp 41 to 65 F
Annual Precip 37.7 inches
Distance 14.4 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 29 F
Apr Temp 40 to 61 F
Jul Temp 65 to 85 F
Oct Temp 43 to 63 F
Annual Precip 37.8 inches
Station WALNUT
Distance 25.8 miles
Jan Temp 11 to 28 F
Apr Temp 39 to 59 F
Jul Temp 64 to 83 F
Oct Temp 41 to 63 F
Annual Precip 36.5 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Ottoville (61362)

Webster Park (61362)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Dalzell 732 $68,977
Granville 1,457 $60,978

Spring Valley Public Libraries

Richard A. Mautino Memorial Library
Spring Valley, Illinois
(815) 663-4741

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Spring Valley Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
600 E 1ST ST
(815) 664-1474
Emergency Service: Yes

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Student/teacher ratio: 12.8

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