Introduction to Dixon, Illinois

Dixon, Illinois, in Lee county, is 35 miles SW of Rockford, Illinois and 94 miles W of Chicago, Illinois.

Dixon History

The earliest settler in this areas was a man named Ogee, who is said to have been of a mixed Native American and French descent. Ogee built a cabin and established a ferry along the banks of the Rock River. The area had its first post office in 1829, and the postmaster was an employee of Ogee. In 1830, John Dixon, after whom the area is named, bought Ogee’s Ferry and settled down in this area with his family. Dixon is also the boyhood home of Ronald Reagan, the 40th president of the USA.

Dixon and nearby Attractions

  • Loveland Museum
  • Ronald Reagan's Boyhood Home
  • Stella Grobe Research Center
  • Old Settler's Memorial Log Cabin
  • Chaplin Creek Historic Village
  • Nachusa Grasslands

Things To Do In Dixon

Dixon is a lively city which is famous for its annual Petunia Festival. The Petunia Festival features a carnival, parade, fireworks show, a road race, country concert and many other activities. Lowell Park is a wonderful place to relax. It is spread over an area of 200 acres and has a nature center along with provisions for activities like hiking, cycling and picnicking, among others.

Dixon Transportation

Greater Rockford Airport offers regular services.

Dixon Higher Education

Sauk Valley Community College is the local institution for higher education. Kishwaukee College and Rock Valley College also offer opportunities for higher studies.


Total Population 15,196
Male Share of the Population 56.7%
Female Share of the Population 43.3%
Senior Citizens 13.9%
Employed Population 16+ 6,115
Age of the Population 39


% of people married 40.9%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 17%
Median Earnings25+ $31,028
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $7,545
Median Earnings With High School Degree $30,152


Median Family Income $61,356
% Above Poverty Level 86.3%
% Below Poverty Level 13.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 20 minutes
% Working from Home 2.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.6%
% Using Public Transportation 0.6%


People Living Alone 31.3%
Median Gross Rent $614
Median House Value $93,100


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 25.6%
US/American 0%
English 7.5%
Irish 17.1%

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

Dixon Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 35 miles SW of Rockford, Illinois (center to center)
Nearest Large City 94 miles W of Chicago, Illinois
County Lee
Standard Zip Codes 61021
Phone Area Codes 815
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.838
Longitude -89.479

Dixon Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Station DIXON 1 NW
Distance 1.3 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
Distance 21.9 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 26.1 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

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Grand Detour (61021)

Prairieville (61021)

Walton (61021)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Amboy 2,535 $64,583
Franklin Grove 1,185 $63,438
Harmon 122 $57,708

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

Dixon Public Libraries

Dixon P.l.
Dixon, Illinois
(815) 284-7261
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Dixon Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
403 E 1ST ST
(815) 288-5531
Emergency Service: Yes

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Dixon High Schools

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Serves 984 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19.3

PO BOX 1200
A Non-traditional School
Serves 537 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 38.4

Dixon Colleges

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Rock River (view near Dixon) c1898.

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Rock River (view near Dixon) c1898.

Rock River view near Dixon c1898.

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