City of Freeport, Illinois

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Statistics

The amount of land area in Freeport is 26.693 sq. kilometers.
The amount of surface water is .027 sq. kilometers.
Freeport elevation is 749 feet above sea level.

 

There are 220 lane miles in the City of Freeport in which our Street Department maintains.

 

The population of Freeport is 25,638 (2010 Census)

The following information is from the 2008-2010 American Community Survey
3-Year Estimates:

  • The approximate number of families is 11,471 (estimated)
  • Freeport median family income is $35,589 (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) (estimated)       
  • Freeport per capita income is $22,537 (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) (estimated)

General

The City is located in northwest Illinois about 20 miles south of the Wisconsin border, approximately 28 miles west of Rockford, and 120 miles northwest of Chicago. The City encompasses approximately 12 square miles. The City was originally founded in 1827 and became the seat of Stephenson County in 1838. The City was incorporated on February 14,1855.

Government

The Mayor and City Council encompass the City's governing body. The Mayor and Aldermen are elected to four year terms.

Education

The City is home to Freeport School District 145. It has six elementary schools (grades preschool through 4th), one of which is an International Baccalaureate candidate Magnet School, two middle schools (grades 5 through 8), one high school (grades 9 through 12), one alternative high school and a smaller transitional education facility. The school district employs a staff of 750.

Post-secondary education also available nearby; Highland Community College is located right in the City, Northern Illinois University is located about 67 miles southeast and the University of Wisconsin is located about 63 miles north.

Transportation

The City is served by U.S. Route 20 to the north. County highways 11, 12, 13, and 35 all run throughout the City. Illinois Routes 26 75 and business 20 intersect near the center of the City. The City is home to Albertus Airport and Chicago Rockford International Airport is located about 31 miles east.

Healthcare

Located within the City is FHN Healthcare; a non-profit organization that has seven different locations including the Community Healthcare Center, Family Counseling Center, Family Dental Care, FastCare, Hospice, Leonard C. Ferguson Cancer Center and the Memorial Hospital, which houses 146 licensed beds and 24 hour emergency care.

Recreational Facilities

A separate governmental entity operates a 800-acre park district that includes an aquatic center, 36-hole golf course and driving range, nature preserve, antique carousel, 18-hole miniature golf course, boat rental operation, historical museum, skate park and two tournament quality ball field complexes. The Freeport Park District offers many different programs including adult athletics, martial arts, special recreation and Olympics, art in the park and aquatics programs .

Source: City of Freeport.

SOCIO-ECONOMIC INFORMATION

Population

 

1990

2000

2010

City of Freeport

25,840

26,443

25,638

Stephenson County

48,052

48,979

47,711

State of Illinois

11,430,602

12,419,293

12,830,632

 

Median Home Value

 

1990

2000

Est. 2010-2014

City of Freeport

$46,800

$71,600

$76,500

Stephenson County

50,600

81,400

100,300

State of Illinois

80,900

130,800

175,700

 

Median Family Income

 

1990

2000

Est. 2010-2014

City of Freeport

$31,938

$43,787

$48,254

Stephenson County

34,057

48,510

56,113

State of Illinois

38,664

55,545

70,967

 

 

 

 

Source: U.S. Census Bureau and 2010-2014 American Community Survey, 5-Yr Estimates.

Unemployment Rates

Year

Illinois

Stephenson

County

2007

5.0%

5.4%

2008

6.3

6.9

2009

10.2

11.4

2010

10.4

11.1

2011

9.7

9.9

2012

9.0

9.1

2013

9.1

9.5

2014

7.1

7.5

2015

5.9

6.7

2016 *

7.1

7.9

*As of January, 2016.

Source: Illinois Department of Employment Security.

Major Area Employers

 

 

Number of

Employees

Name

FHN Memorial Hospital

1,490

Titan Tire Corp.

700

Honeywell Sensing & Control

650

Sauer-Danfoss, Inc.

275

Stewart & Associates, Inc.

120

Seaga Manufacturing, Inc.

102

MetLife Auto & Home Insurance Co.

100*

Anchor-Harvey Components LLC

100

Star MFG. Company

100

Mechanical, Inc.

100

* Since the printing of the 2015 Illinois Services Directory, MetLife Auto & Home Insurance Co. has decreased its employee count and currently employees approximately 100 employees (down from 350) in the area.

Source: 2015 Illinois Manufacturers Directory and 2015 Illinois Services Directory.

 

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Freeport City Hall
314 W. Stephenson St.
Freeport, IL 61032
Phone: 815-235-8200 or 815-235-8203