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Encyclopedia > Belvidere, Illinois

Belvidere is a city in Boone County, Illinois, United States. The population was 20,820 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Boone CountyGR6. 2005 population estimates show a large increase, as the population rose to 24,593. Boone County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... Official language(s) English Capital Springfield Largest city Chicago Largest metro area Chicago Area  Ranked 25th  - Total 57,918 sq mi (149,998 km²)  - Width 210 miles (340 km)  - Length 390 miles (629 km)  - % water 4. ... A county seat is a term for an administrative center for a county, primarily used in the United States. ... Boone County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ...

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Geography

Location of Belvidere, Illinois

Belvidere is located at 42°15′17″N, 88°50′39″W (42.254758, -88.844093)GR1, and sits at an altitude that is approximately 800 feet above sea level. Located in north central Illinois, Belvidere is approximately 75 miles northwest of the downtown of Chicago, and approximately 12 miles east of Rockford. Belvidere is divided by the Kishwaukee River. Image File history File links Adapted from Wikipedias IL county maps by Seth Ilys. ... Altitude is the elevation of an object from a known level or datum. ... For considerations of sea level change, in particular rise associated with possible global warming, see sea level rise. ... Official language(s) English Capital Springfield Largest city Chicago Largest metro area Chicago Area  Ranked 25th  - Total 57,918 sq mi (149,998 km²)  - Width 210 miles (340 km)  - Length 390 miles (629 km)  - % water 4. ... The Loop is what locals call the historical center of downtown Chicago. ... Nickname: The Windy City, The Second City, Chi Town, City of the Big Shoulders, The 312, The City that Works. Motto: Urbs In Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Location in Chicagoland and Illinois Coordinates: Country United States State Illinois County Cook & DuPage Incorporated March 4, 1837 Government... This article does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... The Kishwaukee River is a river in Illinois. ...


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 23.6 km² (9.1 mi²). 23.5 km² (9.1 mi²) of it is land and 0.1 km² (0.1 mi²) of it (0.55%) is water. The United States Census Bureau (officially Bureau of the Census as defined in Title ) is a part of the United States Department of Commerce. ... A square metre (US spelling: square meter) is by definition the area enclosed by a square with sides each 1 metre long. ... A square mile is an English unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (≈1,609 m) in length. ...


Demographics

As of the censusGR2 of 2000, there were 20,820 people, 7,531 households, and 5,324 families residing in the city. The population density was 886.3/km² (2,295.3/mi²). There were 7,970 housing units at an average density of 339.3/km² (878.6/mi²). The racial makeup of the city was 84.53% White, 1.15% African American, 0.37% Native American, 0.45% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 11.57% from other races, and 1.92% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 20.07% of the population. 1870 US Census for New York City A census is the process of obtaining information about every member of a population (not necessarily a human population). ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ...


There were 7,531 households out of which 38.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.9% were married couples living together, 11.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.3% were non-families. 24.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.73 and the average family size was 3.26. “Matrimony” redirects here. ...


In the city the population was spread out with 29.7% under the age of 18, 8.8% from 18 to 24, 31.2% from 25 to 44, 18.1% from 45 to 64, and 12.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females there were 97.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.7 males.


The median income for a household in the city was $42,529, and the median income for a family was $50,601. Males had a median income of $37,116 versus $24,454 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,804. About 7.8% of families and 10.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.0% of those under age 18 and 8.0% of those age 65 or over. The per capita income for a group of people may be defined as their total personal income, divided by the total population. ... Map of countries showing percentage of population who have an income below the national poverty line The poverty line is the level of income below which one cannot afford to purchase all the resources one requires to live. ...


School District

As of January 2007, budget cuts were decided upon because of the failed November referendum. The cuts will not take place the following school year if the April 17 referendum passes. Otherwise, students throughout District #100 will suffer from lack of sports and co-curricular activities. A few months after the November referendum failed, it was announced that Superintendent Donald Schlomann would be moving to district 303, St. Charles.


Update: The April 17th referendum failed, it was voted down 5,362 to 5,101. Cuts will appear to take place in the school district.


History

Early Belvidere

The location where Belvidere now sits was first settled in 1835 by a Mr. Whitney, who in tribute named the place Elysian Fields. The name was later changed to Belvidere by a Mr. Peck. | Come and take it, slogan of the Texas Revolution 1835 was a common year starting on Thursday (see link for calendar). ... Elysian Fields may refer to: In mythology: Elysium, a section of the underworld from Greek mythology In geography: Elysian Fields, Hoboken, New Jersey, site of the first organized baseball game Elysian Fields Avenue, New Orleans Avenue des Champs-Élysées, Paris In the arts: Elysian Fields (band), an American Dream...


Belvidere was originally built on the north side of the Kishwaukee River. In 1851, a railroad was built south of the river, the business section followed to the south side of the river, where Belvidere's "downtown" is now located. 1851 (MDCCCLI) was a common year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Friday of the 12-day-slower Julian calendar). ... This is the top-level page of WikiProject trains Rail tracks Rail transport refers to the land transport of passengers and goods along railways or railroads. ...


Belvidere used to have two Hospitals, St. Joseph Hospital and Highland Hospital. Both have since closed with the latest closing being that of St. Joseph's in 1999.


1967 Tornado

On April 21, 1967 a devastating tornado struck Belvidere. Twenty-four lives were lost in the tornado, many of whom were school children. The F4 tornado struck at the end of the school day of Belvidere High School, while many children including those that attended area grade schools were waiting on school buses outside of the high school. Out of sixteen school buses outside of the high school, twelve were overturned or thrown. The tornado did US$ 22 million in damage, demolished over 100 homes, and injured over 300 (see the Belvidere Tornado Outbreak). April 21 is the 111th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (112th in leap years). ... 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar (the link is to a full 1967 calendar). ... A tornado in central Oklahoma. ... The Fujita scale (F-Scale), or Fujita-Pearson scale, rates a tornados intensity by the damage it inflicts on human-built structures and sometimes on vegetation. ... Belvidere High School is located in Belvidere, Illinois, in Boone County. ... The Belvidere Tornado Outbreak was the tornado outbreak that occurred on April 21, 1967 across the Upper Midwest, in particular the Chicago area including the suburbs of Belvidere and Oak Lawn, Illinois. ...


Miss America

In 1969 Belvidere native Judith Anne Ford won the Miss America pageant. Judith Anne Ford graduated from Belvidere High School. Judith Anne Ford, a native of Belvidere, Illinois, was crowned Miss America in 1969. ...


Belvidere auto assembly plant

Businesses in Belvidere

DaimlerChrysler operates Belvidere Assembly an auto assembly plant, originally constructed in the mid-1960s, in Belvidere. The Belvidere plant manufactured the Dodge Neon until the spring of 2006. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, the plant manufactured Chrysler Newports and Plymouth Furys. After a massive restructuring of the Belvidere plant, the plant is now one of the most modern auto assembly plants in the USA. It produces the Dodge Caliber, Jeep Compass and Jeep Patriot. Recent years have seen significant growth in local industry and employment. Businesses that have located facilities in Belvidere include: Belvedere Company(Beauty Salon Equipment), CamCar/Textron Inc. (Fastener Manufacturing), Carpenter Components Of Illinois (Carpentry), DaimlerChrysler Corporation (Automotive Plant), Dean Foods (Food Distribution Facility), Franklin Wire Works (Wire Products Manufacturing), General Mills (Food Distribution Facility), Cassens Transportation Company (Transportation), PACTIV Corporation, (Manufacturing of Paperboard and Trays), Physicians Immediate Care (Urgent Care / Healthcare), and Practice Velocity, (Electronic Medical Records). DaimlerChrysler AG (ISIN: DE0007100000) headquartered in Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg, Germany, Auburn Hills, Michigan, USA and Japan is a prominent automobile and truck manufacturer and financial services provider (through DaimlerChrysler Financial Services). ... Belvidere Assembly is a DaimlerChrysler automobile factory in Belvidere, Illinois. ... The Dodge/Plymouth Neon (also called the Chrysler Neon outside of America) was a compact car built from 1994 (as a 1995 model year vehicle) through 2005 by DaimlerChryslers Dodge and Plymouth brands. ... The Dodge Caliber is a compact car produced by the Dodge division of DaimlerChrysler. ... The Jeep Compass is a compact crossover SUV introduced for the 2007 model year. ... The Jeep Patriot is a compact crossover SUV to be introduced in early 2007 for the 2007 model year by the Jeep marque of DaimlerChrysler. ...


Registered Historic Places

Pettit Memorial Chapel is believed to be the only chapel ever designed by famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright. ...

External links


Map of Earth showing lines of latitude (horizontally) and longitude (vertically), Eckert VI projection; large version (pdf, 1. ...

Flag of Illinois Municipalities and Communities of Boone County, Illinois
(County Seat: Belvidere)
Cities, Towns and Villages Belvidere | Caledonia | Capron | Poplar Grove | Timberlane
Townships Belvidere | Bonus | Boone | Caledonia | Flora | Leroy | Manchester | Poplar Grove | Spring

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Belvidere, Illinois - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (804 words)
Belvidere is a city located in Boone County, Illinois.
Located in north central Illinois, Belvidere is approximately 75 miles northwest of the downtown of Chicago, Illinois, and approximately 12 miles east of Rockford, Illinois.
Belvidere was originally built on the north side of the Kishwaukee River.
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