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Overview

Introduction to Freeport, Illinois

Freeport, Illinois, in Stephenson county, is 27 miles W of Rockford, Illinois (center to center) and 101 miles SW of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The city has a population of 26,443.

Freeport History

The area now known as Freeport was originally called "Winneshiek". It got its current name from the generosity of settler William "Tutty" Baker who offered a free ferry across the Pecatonica River. The name "Winneshiek" was later adopted by the Freeport Community Theatre Group and has been preserved to this day. The Stephenson County was formed in 1837 and Freeport became the seat of government in 1838.

Freeport and nearby Attractions

  • Freeport Public Library
  • Freeport Park District - Historical Museum
  • Freeport Prairie Nature Preserve
  • West Avenue Shopping Center
  • Park Hills Golf Course
  • Freeport Raceway

Things To Do In Freeport

Visitors interested in learning about the historical and cultural background of the city can visit the Freeport Public Library, the Freeport City Hall, the Stephenson County Jail, and the Stephenson County Historical Museum. There are also a number of beautiful churches and cemeteries around the city. The shopping centers provide a host of entertainment facilities to visitors. The parks are ideal for outings with family and friends.

Freeport Transportation

Greater Rockford Airport is close by.

Freeport Higher Education

Higher educational opportunities are provided by Highland Community College, Rock Valley College, and University of Wisconsin Colleges.

Demographics

People

Total Population24,784
Male Share of the Population46.7%
Female Share of the Population53.3%
Senior Citizens21%
Employed Population 16+10,127
Age of the Population43

Families

% of people married44.3%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher17%
Median Earnings25+$26,523
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$15,808
Median Earnings With High School Degree$22,905

Wealth

Median Family Income$47,968
% Above Poverty Level77.7%
% Below Poverty Level22.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time18 minutes
% Working from Home3.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work4.2%
% Using Public Transportation0.4%

Housing

People Living Alone37.3%
Median Gross Rent$611
Median House Value$75,400

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)26.7%
Irish10.4%
English6.9%
Italian3.9%
Dutch3.1%
Swedish2.8%
French Except Basque2.8%
Polish2.5%
Norwegian1.9%
Swiss1.3%
Scottish1.2%
West Indian1.1%
Czech1%
Jamaican1%
African0.7%
Russian0.4%
Arab0.3%
Welsh0.3%
German0.3%
Ukrainian0.2%
Hungarian0.2%
Canadian0.2%
Iraqi0.2%
Austrian0.1%
Moroccan0.1%
Danishn0.1%
Slovak0.1%
Lithuanian0.1%
Finnish0.1%
Romanian0.1%
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Freeport Almanac

CategoryValue
County Stephenson County
Standard Zip Codes61032
Phone Area Codes815
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude42.29
Approximate Longitude-89.63

Freeport Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationFREEPORT WASTE WTR PLT
Distance1.1 miles
Jan Temp9 to 25 F
Apr Temp36 to 57 F
Jul Temp62 to 82 F
Oct Temp39 to 61 F
Annual Precip34.7 inches
StationMOUNT CARROLL
Distance23 miles
Jan Temp8 to 29 F
Apr Temp35 to 60 F
Jul Temp59 to 85 F
Oct Temp36 to 64 F
Annual Precip37.8 inches
StationBRODHEAD
Distance25.2 miles
Jan Temp6 to 26 F
Apr Temp34 to 57 F
Jul Temp60 to 83 F
Oct Temp36 to 61 F
Annual Precip35.5 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Cedarville613$53,750
Dakota498$36,875
German Valley486$67,321
Ridott173$38,958

Freeport Public Libraries

Freeport Public Library
100 EAST DOUGLAS STREET
Freeport, Illinois
(815) 233-3000

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Freeport Hospitals

Fhn Memorial Hospital
(Non-profit)
1045 West Stephenson Street
(815) 235-4131

Freeport Public Schools

Blackhawk Elem School
1401 S Blackhawk Ave
ZIP: 61032
(815) 232-0490
Primary
Total Enrollment 301
Carl Sandburg Middle Sch
1717 W Eby St
ZIP: 61032
(815) 232-0340
Middle
Total Enrollment 488
Center Elem School
718 E Illinois St
ZIP: 61032
(815) 232-0480
Primary
Total Enrollment 304
Empire Elem School
1325 Empire St
ZIP: 61032
(815) 232-0380
Primary
Total Enrollment 285
Freeport Alternative High Sch
1330 S Locust Ave
ZIP: 61032
(815) 233-0796
Other
Total Enrollment 46
Freeport High School
701 W Moseley St
ZIP: 61032
(815) 232-0400
High
Total Enrollment 1187
Freeport Middle School
701 W Empire St
ZIP: 61032
(815) 232-0500
Middle
Total Enrollment 706
Jones Farrar Magnet School
1386 Kiwanis Dr
ZIP: 61032
(815) 232-0610
Primary
Total Enrollment 313
Lincoln-douglas Elementary School
1700 W Laurel St
ZIP: 61032
(815) 232-0370
Primary
Total Enrollment 212
Rap Freeport
27 S State Ave
ZIP: 61032
(815) 599-1408
Other
Total Enrollment 17
Taylor Park Elem School
806 E Stephenson St
ZIP: 61032
(815) 232-0390
Primary
Total Enrollment 249

Freeport Private Schools

Aquin Catholic Jr Sr High School
1419 S Galena Ave
ZIP: 61032
Secondary
Total Enrollment 154
Aquin Elementary School
202 W Pleasant St
ZIP: 61032
Elementary
Total Enrollment 155
Immanuel Lutheran School
1964 W Pearl City Rd
ZIP: 61032
Elementary
Total Enrollment 152
Open Bible Learning Center
3800 W Stephenson St
ZIP: 61032
Elementary
Total Enrollment 48
Tri-county Christian School
641 W Stephenson St
ZIP: 61032
Elementary
Total Enrollment 70
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