Belvidere, IL is a beautiful place, but you don't have to take our word for it. The name Belvidere is actually an adaptation of an Italian word which means beautiful to view, and the majestic Kishwaukee River flows right through the city. Belvidere is a mid-sized city, with an excellent selection of varied employment opportunities. The city center is home to successful manufacturing operations, while the area around the city is packed with thriving farms. You'll find a little bit of everything in Belvidere.
Belvidere, IL is located in north-central Illinois, with a population that registered at 25,339 in 2013—and a growth rate over 20% since 2000. The city's demographics are a bit younger than the rest of the state, with an average age of 34.9 years that is more than two years below state average. It's also a diverse city, with a Hispanic population of 30 percent that is significantly higher than other nearby cities. The city's youth, diversity, and natural beauty, combined with a lower than average cost of living have added up to create impressive growth numbers in recent years. Search the newest real estate listings in Belvidere, IL.
Belvidere is served by Belvidere Community Unit School District 100, which features 12 schools that cover all grade levels. The district has a solid reputation overall, and elementary education is a strong point. Perry Elementary, Meehan Elementary, Lincoln Elementary, and Seth Whitman Elementary are all among top-rated schools in the area. You won't have to travel far to find great colleges, either. Rockford College, Beloit College, Blackhawk Technical College, and Northern Illinois University are just a few of the choices close by. Search Belvidere homes for sale by school district.
Belvidere offers a nice mix of employment opportunities, but there's no doubt that manufacturing leads the way. Jobs in metal and plastic work, assembly, machinery manufacturing, fabrication, labor, production, and supervision all post some of the best numbers in the state. It's not all about heavy industry, however. Belvidere also exceeds state averages in health care and education services. The city of Belvidere is also committed to developing new businesses, and partners with a number of support organizations to help get your big idea off the ground.
One of the great things about living in Belvidere is that the area really has two different flavors. The Belvidere Chamber of Commerce does a great job promoting small businesses, yet the parks and outdoor events around Belvidere are also second to none. The Belvidere Park System, with 8 parks and multiple recreational facilities, provides family fun all year long. The Riverside Ice Arena, part of Doty Park, offers ice skating lessons and hockey for all ages. And of course you won't want to miss the Boone County Fair, which visits the area every summer.
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