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Overview

Introduction to Belvidere, Illinois

Belvidere, Illinois, in Boone county, is 12 miles E of Rockford, Illinois (center to center) and 67 miles NW of Chicago, Illinois. The city is conveniently located inside the Rockford metropolitan area.

Belvidere History

Belvidere was first settled by Mr. Whitney in 1835. He named the area "Elysian Fields." Later on, a Montreal lawyer named Ebenezer Peck renamed the area after Belvidere, Quebec. The post office was established on February 15, 1837, and the first railroad entered the city in 1851. The City of Belvidere was incorporated in 1852.

Belvidere and nearby Attractions

  • Kinnikinnick Creek Conservation Area
  • Spencer Park
  • Magic Waters - Cherry Valle
  • Forest City Queen at Riverview Park
  • Anderson Japanese Gardens
  • Rock River Discovery Park

Things To Do In Belvidere

Belvidere offers approximately 110 acres of parkland including Spencer Park, Belvidere Municipal Park, and Kinnikinnick Creek Conservation Area. The city also has two bowling alleys and two golf courses. You can enjoy biking at the Long Prairie Trail. You can also visit the Boone County Historical Museum and Midway Village and Museum Center of Rockford during your leisure hours. The White Pines Forest State Park, Lowden State Park, and Castle Rock State Park are also worth visiting.

Belvidere Transportation

You can reach Greater Rockford Airport within a few minutes.

Belvidere Higher Education

Higher educational facilities are provided by Rock Valley College, McHenry County College, Kishwaukee College, Waubonsee Community College, Northern Illinois University, University of Wisconsin - Whitewater, and Elgin Community College.

Demographics

People

Total Population25,300
Male Share of the Population47.8%
Female Share of the Population52.2%
Senior Citizens12.3%
Employed Population 16+11,247
Age of the Population35

Families

% of people married46.7%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher12.9%
Median Earnings25+$32,945
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$17,115
Median Earnings With High School Degree$31,498

Wealth

Median Family Income$53,636
% Above Poverty Level83.5%
% Below Poverty Level16.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time27 minutes
% Working from Home2.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work0.9%
% Using Public Transportation0.1%

Housing

People Living Alone24.3%
Median Gross Rent$722
Median House Value$103,300

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)36.8%
German25.2%
Irish10.3%
English5.7%
Swedish5.5%
Polish4.9%
Italian4.7%
Norwegian2.7%
French Except Basque1.8%
Dutch1.2%
Danishn0.9%
Romanian0.8%
Portuguese0.7%
Greek0.7%
Czech0.6%
West Indian0.6%
Belizean0.5%
Scottish0.5%
Arab0.5%
Lithuanian0.3%
Hungarian0.3%
African0.2%
Albanian0.2%
Nigerian0.2%
Canadian0.2%
Austrian0.2%
Finnish0.1%
Trinidad Tobago0.1%
Belgian0.1%
Swiss0.1%
Croatian0.1%
Ukrainian0.1%
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Belvidere Almanac

CategoryValue
County Boone County
Standard Zip Codes61008
Phone Area Codes779,815
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude42.25
Approximate Longitude-88.84

Belvidere Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationMARENGO
Distance12.5 miles
Jan Temp11 to 28 F
Apr Temp37 to 59 F
Jul Temp62 to 85 F
Oct Temp39 to 63 F
Annual Precip36.4 inches
StationBELOIT
Distance19 miles
Jan Temp12 to 27 F
Apr Temp38 to 58 F
Jul Temp62 to 83 F
Oct Temp41 to 62 F
Annual Precip35.2 inches
StationDE KALB
Distance23.1 miles
Jan Temp10 to 27 F
Apr Temp37 to 58 F
Jul Temp63 to 84 F
Oct Temp40 to 63 F
Annual Precip37.3 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Caledonia232$87,500
Capron1,868$54,940
Cherry Valley3,129$79,297
Loves Park24,499$61,569
Machesney Park23,002$62,521
Poplar Grove4,728$75,647

Belvidere Public Libraries

Ida Public Library
320 NORTH STATE STREET
Belvidere, Illinois
(815) 544-3838

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Belvidere Hospitals

Swedishamerican Medical Center Belvidere
(Non-profit)
1625 South State Street
(815) 547-5441

Belvidere Public Schools

Belvidere Central Middle School
8787 Beloit Rd
ZIP: 61008
(815) 544-0301
Middle
Total Enrollment 1045
Belvidere High School
1500 East Ave
ZIP: 61008
(815) 544-8699
High
Total Enrollment 1263
Belvidere North High Sch
9393 Beloit Rd
ZIP: 61008
(815) 544-0301
High
Total Enrollment 1443
Belvidere South Middle School
919 E 6th St
ZIP: 61008
(815) 544-0301
Middle
Total Enrollment 844
Boone County Center
1320 East Ave
ZIP: 61008
(815) 544-9851
Primary
Lincoln Elem School
1011 Bonus Ave
ZIP: 61008
(815) 544-0301
Primary
Total Enrollment 614
Meehan Elementary School
1401 E 6th St
ZIP: 61008
(815) 544-0301
Primary
Total Enrollment 630
Perry Elem School
633 W Perry St
ZIP: 61008
(815) 544-0301
Primary
Total Enrollment 293
Reg'l Learning Center Star Boone
1320 East Ave
ZIP: 61008
(815) 547-8080
High
Regl Learning Academy Star Boone
1320 East Ave
ZIP: 61008
(815) 544-8080
Other
Total Enrollment 88
Seth Whitman Elem Sch
8989 Beloit Rd
ZIP: 61008
(815) 544-0301
Primary
Total Enrollment 661
Washington Academy
1031 5th Ave
ZIP: 61008
(815) 544-8699
Primary
Total Enrollment 861

Belvidere Private Schools

Immanuel Lutheran School
1225 E 2nd St
ZIP: 61008
Elementary
Total Enrollment 249
Open Bible Academy
8567 Town Hall Rd
ZIP: 61008
Elementary
Total Enrollment 23
St James School
320 Logan Ave
ZIP: 61008
Elementary
Total Enrollment 138
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