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Overview

Introduction to Harvard, Illinois

Harvard, Illinois, in McHenry county, is 26 miles NE of Rockford, Illinois and 55 miles SW of Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Harvard History

In 1855, trains from Chicago on the Chicago and Northwestern Railway route would stop for servicing at the southeastern Chemung Township. Elbridge Gerry Ayer purchased land to start a community, and in April of 1856, the station was named Harvard. Railroad employment steadily increased and the population of Harvard began to grow. Harvard was finally incorporated in 1868.

Harvard and nearby Attractions

  • Chester Gould Dick Tracy Museum
  • Beckman Mill
  • Big Foot Beach State Park
  • Family Aquatic Center
  • Veteran Acres Park

Things To Do In Harvard

Local museums and historical sites include the Geneva Lake Area Museum of History, the Old Courthouse Arts Center and Yerkes Observatory, where the world’s biggest lens telescope is located. Local parks include the Big Foot Beach State Park and the Veteran Acres Park.

Harvard Transportation

Flights are available from Chicago O’Hare International Airport.

Harvard Higher Education

Mchenry County College, Rock Valley College, the University of Wisconsin and Elgin Community College are some of the nearby colleges and universities.

People

Total Population 9,802
Male Share of the Population 51.7%
Female Share of the Population 48.3%
Senior Citizens 7.5%
Employed Population 16+ 4,057
Age of the Population 28

Families

% of people married 56.4%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 8.7%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $51,412
% Above Poverty Level 73.4%
% Below Poverty Level 26.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 36 minutes
% Working from Home 5.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.9%
% Using Public Transportation 3.2%

Housing

People Living Alone 16.8%
Median Gross Rent $942
Median House Value $116,700

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 50%
US/American 0%
English 3.6%
Irish 10%

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

Harvard Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 26 miles NE of Rockford, Illinois (center to center)
Nearest Large City 55 miles SW of Milwaukee, Wisconsin
County McHenry
Standard Zip Codes 60033
Phone Area Codes 815
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.422
Longitude -88.613

Harvard Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

Station MARENGO
Distance 11.9 miles
Jan Temp 11 to 28 F
Apr Temp 37 to 59 F
Jul Temp 62 to 85 F
Oct Temp 39 to 63 F
Annual Precip 36.4 inches
Station BELOIT
Distance 22.1 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 ANTIOCH
Distance 26.6 miles
Jan Temp 11 to 28 F
Apr Temp 37 to 56 F
Jul Temp 62 to 82 F
Oct Temp 42 to 61 F
Annual Precip 36.5 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Alden (60033)

Chemung (60033)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Caledonia 219 $73,125
Capron 1,846 $53,950
Greenwood 400 $78,750
Hebron 1,237 $70,556

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

Harvard Public Libraries

Library
Harvard Diggins Library
900 EAST MCKINLEY ST.
Harvard, Illinois
(815) 943-4671
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Harvard Hospitals

MERCY HARVARD HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
901 GRANT STREET
(815) 943-5431
Emergency Service: Yes

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Harvard High Schools

HARVARD HIGH SCHOOL
1103 N JEFFERSON ST
815-943-6461
Serves 629 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.6

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