Introduction to Beloit, Wisconsin

Beloit, Wisconsin, in Rock county, is located 12 miles S of Janesville, Wisconsin (center to center) and is 67 miles SW of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The city is included in the Janesville - Beloit metropolitan area. As of the year 2000 census, 35,775 people resided in Beloit.

Beloit History

The Winnebago Indians were the original inhabitants of Beloit. At that time, the area was known as the Village of Ke-chunk-nee-shun-nuk-ra. The first white settler of the area was a French trapper called Joseph Thiebault who arrived in the 1820s. The present name of the city was derived from a French term "Balotte" meaning handsome ground. The city was established in 1836. The Beloit College was founded in the city in 1846. It was originally incorporated on February 24, 1846 as a village. Later on March 31, 1856, it was recognized as a city. A Council - Manager form of government was adopted in 1929.

Beloit and nearby Attractions

  • Beloit Plaza Shopping Center
  • Logan Museum
  • Beloit Historical Society Museum
  • RiverWalk
  • Hanchett - Bartlett Homestea
  • Big Hill Park

Things To Do In Beloit

While staying in Beloit the history buffs should visit the Angel Museum, Beckman Mill, Hanchett - Bartlett Homestead, Beloit College, and Logan Museum of Anthropology. The Beloit Historical Society Museum provides absorbing insights into the history of this area. The Turtle Creek Park, Riverside Park, Vernon Avenue Park, White Park, Telfer Park, and Hickley Field Park are some of the local parks. The Beloit Plaza Shopping Center is a popular shopping destination. Local festivals include Heritage Days, Riverfest, and International Film Festival.

Beloit Transportation

Air transport facilities are available at Dane County Regional Airport - Truax Field.

Beloit Higher Education

Beloit College is the local higher education institution. Others in the neighborhood include Rock Valley College, Kishwaukee College, and University of Wisconsin - Whitewater.


Total Population 36,876
Male Share of the Population 47.5%
Female Share of the Population 52.5%
Senior Citizens 12.9%
Employed Population 16+ 15,376
Age of the Population 35


% of people married 40.4%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 15.4%
Median Earnings25+ $27,463
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $22,500
Median Earnings With High School Degree $24,187


Median Family Income $42,459
% Above Poverty Level 75.2%
% Below Poverty Level 24.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 23 minutes
% Working from Home 3.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 5.1%
% Using Public Transportation 0.8%


People Living Alone 30%
Median Gross Rent $723
Median House Value $85,500


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 35.3%
US/American 0%
English 6.8%
Irish 13.8%

Beloit Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 12 miles S of Janesville, Wisconsin (center to center)
Nearest Large City 67 miles SW of Milwaukee, Wisconsin
County Rock
Metro Area Janesville - Beloit
Standard Zip Codes 53511
P.O. Box Zip Codes 53512
Phone Area Codes 608
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.508
Longitude -89.031

Beloit 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 0.6 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 7.7 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 28.1 miles
Jan Temp 8 to 25 F
Apr Temp 35 to 56 F
Jul Temp 60 to 82 F
Oct Temp 38 to 60 F
Annual Precip 33.3 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Clinton 1,997 $60,313
Darien 1,598 $57,422
Footville 752 $53,125
Janesville 63,674 $61,118
Orfordville 1,437 $55,000
Sharon 1,607 $56,250

Beloit Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
1969 W HART RD
(608) 364-5011
Emergency Service: Yes

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Student/teacher ratio: 13.3

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Historic Beloit


Beloit (approach from the north) c1898.

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Beloit (approach from the north) c1898.

Beloit (Rock River above the bridge) 1898

Beloit (fishing in Rock River below city) c1898.

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