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Overview

Introduction to Galesburg, Illinois

Galesburg, Illinois, in Knox county, is 41 miles S of Davenport, Iowa (center to center) and 154 miles SW of Chicago, Illinois.

Galesburg History

George Washington Gale founded the present day City of Galesburg. In fact, the area was named after Gale as a tribute to its founder. The first settler of the area arrived in 1836. The first anti - slavery society of Illinois was founded in Galesburg in 1837. The area also served as a stop on the Underground Railroad. Galesburg was the hometown of Carl Sandburg, renowned author, poet, and historian.

Galesburg and nearby Attractions

  • Galesburg Railroad Museum
  • Lake Storey Recreational Area
  • Carl Sandburg Historic Site
  • Illinois Citizen Soldier Museum
  • Snakeden Hollow State Fish and Wildlife Area
  • Discovery Depot Children's Museum

Things To Do In Galesburg

During your stay in Galesburg, you can visit the Lakeside Water Park, Lancaster Park, and Lake Storey Beach. The city also offers a number of picnic shelters and gazebos. Camping can be enjoyed at the Allison Campground. The Bunker Links Golf Course offers an 18 holes golf course. The Galesburg Civic Art Center Museum, Galesburg Railroad Museum, and Discovery Depot Children's Museum are also worth visiting. Shopping can be enjoyed at the Sandburg Mall and Bridlecreek Shopping Center.

Galesburg Transportation

International air transportation is available from Quad City International Airport.

Galesburg Higher Education

Carl Sandburg College and Knox College are the local colleges.

Demographics

People

Total Population31,469
Male Share of the Population51.7%
Female Share of the Population48.3%
Senior Citizens18.9%
Employed Population 16+12,100
Age of the Population40

Families

% of people married34.8%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher17%
Median Earnings25+$28,585
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$13,506
Median Earnings With High School Degree$21,270

Wealth

Median Family Income$49,330
% Above Poverty Level77.2%
% Below Poverty Level22.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time14 minutes
% Working from Home1.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work6.8%
% Using Public Transportation1.1%

Housing

People Living Alone42.7%
Median Gross Rent$590
Median House Value$71,700

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)28%
Irish12.6%
Swedish8.7%
English8.5%
Italian3.4%
African2.7%
Dutch1.9%
Polish1.9%
Scottish1.9%
French Except Basque1.5%
Norwegian1.2%
Welsh0.7%
Canadian0.4%
Danishn0.4%
Greek0.3%
Croatian0.3%
Arab0.3%
Czech0.3%
Belgian0.3%
Lithuanian0.2%
Slovak0.2%
Swiss0.2%
West Indian0.1%
US/American0.1%
Hungarian0.1%
Zimbabwean0.1%
Lebanese0.1%
Finnish0.1%
Portuguese0.1%
Russian0.1%
German0.1%
South African0.1%
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Galesburg Almanac

CategoryValue
County Knox County
Standard Zip Codes61401
P.O. Box Zip Codes61402
Phone Area Codes309
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude40.95
Approximate Longitude-90.37

Galesburg Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationGALESBURG
Distance0.7 miles
Jan Temp14 to 29 F
Apr Temp40 to 61 F
Jul Temp65 to 85 F
Oct Temp43 to 63 F
Annual Precip37.2 inches
StationMONMOUTH
Distance13.9 miles
Jan Temp15 to 31 F
Apr Temp41 to 63 F
Jul Temp64 to 85 F
Oct Temp43 to 65 F
Annual Precip38.3 inches
StationGALVA
Distance24 miles
Jan Temp13 to 29 F
Apr Temp39 to 61 F
Jul Temp64 to 85 F
Oct Temp42 to 64 F
Annual Precip37.8 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Abingdon3,181$44,770
East Galesburg737$59,306
Henderson227$57,500

Galesburg Public Libraries

Galesburg Public Library
40 EAST SIMMONS STREET
Galesburg, Illinois
(309) 343-6118

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Galesburg Hospitals

Galesburg Cottage Hospital
(Non-profit)
695 N Kellogg St
(309) 345-4555
St Mary Medical Center
(Non-profit)
3333 North Seminary
(309) 344-3161

Galesburg Public Schools

King School
1018 S Farnham St
ZIP: 61401
(309) 973-2012
Primary
Total Enrollment 383
Churchill Jr High School
905 Maple Ave
ZIP: 61401
(309) 973-2002
Middle
Total Enrollment 517
Lombard Jr High School
1220 E Knox St
ZIP: 61401
(309) 973-2004
Middle
Total Enrollment 485
Gale School
1131 W Dayton St
ZIP: 61401
(309) 973-2011
Primary
Total Enrollment 358
Steele School
1480 W Main St
ZIP: 61401
(309) 973-2016
Primary
Total Enrollment 427
Knox County Academy (evening Diploma Program)
1054 E Losey St
ZIP: 61401
(309) 345-0122
High
Knox County Academy
1054 E Losey St
ZIP: 61401
(309) 345-3828
Other
Total Enrollment 14
Galesburg High School
1135 W Fremont St
ZIP: 61401
(309) 973-2001
High
Total Enrollment 1346
Cooke School
849 S Henderson St
ZIP: 61401
(309) 973-2010
Silas Willard Elem School
495 E Fremont St
ZIP: 61401
(309) 973-2015
Primary
Total Enrollment 447
Nielson Elementary School
547 N Farnham St
ZIP: 61401
(309) 973-2014
Primary
Total Enrollment 420
Bright Futures Pre-k Prog
932 Harrison St
ZIP: 61401
(309) 973-2031
Primary
Total Enrollment 201

Galesburg Private Schools

Galesburg Christian School Assoc
1881 E Fremont St
ZIP: 61401
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 55
Costa Catholic School
2726 Costa Dr
ZIP: 61401
Elementary
Total Enrollment 188
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