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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.

Demographics

People

Total Population9,482
Male Share of the Population53.3%
Female Share of the Population46.7%
Senior Citizens10.1%
Employed Population 16+4,104
Age of the Population30

Families

% of people married55.6%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher9.9%
Median Earnings25+$31,595
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$28,727
Median Earnings With High School Degree$32,724

Wealth

Median Family Income$57,614
% Above Poverty Level88.2%
% Below Poverty Level11.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time32 minutes
% Working from Home3.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work1.2%
% Using Public Transportation2.6%

Housing

People Living Alone20.4%
Median Gross Rent$965
Median House Value$114,700

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)44.5%
German17.9%
Irish12.6%
Swedish5.2%
Polish4.1%
English3.6%
Italian3.2%
Czech2.3%
Norwegian1.1%
Scottish0.9%
Dutch0.8%
French Except Basque0.8%
Lithuanian0.7%
Ukrainian0.4%
Hungarian0.4%
Swiss0.3%
Greek0.3%
Russian0.3%
Jamaican0.2%
West Indian0.2%
Israeli0.2%
Canadian0.2%
Australian0.2%
Austrian0.1%
Welsh0.1%
Danishn0.1%
Luxemburger0.1%
Romanian0.1%
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Harvard Almanac

CategoryValue
County McHenry County
Standard Zip Codes60033
Phone Area Codes815
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude42.42
Approximate Longitude-88.61

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)

StationMARENGO
Distance11.9 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
Distance22.1 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
StationANTIOCH
Distance26.6 miles
Jan Temp11 to 28 F
Apr Temp37 to 56 F
Jul Temp62 to 82 F
Oct Temp42 to 61 F
Annual Precip36.5 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Caledonia207$90,000
Capron1,749$57,188
Greenwood386$95,588
Hebron1,329$62,813
Poplar Grove4,687$79,625

Harvard Public Libraries

Harvard Diggins Library
900 EAST MCKINLEY STREET
Harvard, Illinois
(815) 943-4671

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Harvard Hospitals

Mercy Harvard Hospital
(Non-profit)
901 Grant Street
(815) 943-5431

Harvard Public Schools

Crosby Elem Sch
401 Hereley Dr
ZIP: 60033
(815) 943-4022
Primary
Total Enrollment 786
Harvard High School
1103 N Jefferson St
ZIP: 60033
(815) 943-6461
High
Total Enrollment 670
Harvard Jr High School
1301 Garfield St
ZIP: 60033
(815) 943-6466
Middle
Total Enrollment 532
Jefferson Elem School
1200 N Jefferson St
ZIP: 60033
(815) 943-6464
Middle
Total Enrollment 397
Washington Elem School
305 S Hutchinson St
ZIP: 60033
(815) 943-6367
Primary
Total Enrollment 89

Harvard Private Schools

St Josephs School
201 N Division St
ZIP: 60033
Elementary
Total Enrollment 71
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