Winnebago County, located on the north-central edge of Illinois, is a great place to live and work. Rockford is its county seat along with being its largest city. Make a visit to the smaller towns of Winnebago County, however, and you'll be treated to endless acres of rich, fertile farmland—and the delicious produce that those fertile acres yield. With a strong local economy, highly rated school systems, and a convenient central location, the homes in Winnebago County should definitely be at the top of your list of northern Illinois communities.
Winnebago County is home to an estimated population of just over 292,000. About half of the county's residents live in Rockford, which has a population of more than 150,000 residents. Winnebago County boasts a cost of living about 15% below the national average, along with a competitive average income and strong employment opportunities. Mix in a nice selection of city and rural homes, and it's easy to see why Winnebago County has become a popular destination for families and young professionals. The county is also known for its active local government, which offers easy access to public officials through the county website. Search homes for sale in Winnebago County by city.
Rockford School District 205 is the largest district in Winnebago County, with a total of 52 schools across all grade levels. The district offers comprehensive creative and fine arts programs, dual-language immersion, and an Innovative Learning Center that provides alternative learning options for students with special needs. Winnebago School District 323 also serves a large portion of the county, and its students do plenty of great work in the community. Search Winnebago County homes for sale by school district.
Winnebago County offers an excellent mix of employment opportunities, especially in manufacturing and agriculture. UTC Aerospace Systems, a cutting-edge production company that serves clients worldwide, is one of the county's largest employers. Chrysler also maintains a large production facility in the area; while the county's highly regarded hospitals create a great deal of jobs for healthcare professionals. The Rockford Public School District is also quite large, with nearly 5,000 passionate employees. And if you like to feel the sun on your back while you're at work, you'll find plenty of solid opportunities at Winnebago County's farms.
Rockford is the third-largest city in the state, so it's easy to enjoy a taste of city life. Downtown Rockford is known for its eclectic dining scene, which offers an excellent mix of traditional dining and daring new dishes. The Winnebago County Fair, an annual summer tradition, is a great example of Winnebago's community spirit in action, and the perfect place to take your kids for a night on the town. If you're looking to enjoy the great outdoors, you'll quickly fall in love with both the Severson Dells Nature Center, and the stunning Klehm Arboretum and Botanic Garden. Winnebago County also has an extensive trail system, perfect for early morning hikes.
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