The small city of Belvidere is located in Boone County, Ill., near Rockford. Situated in a prime location near transportation options, Belvidere offers its residents a perfect place to live, work and play. According to statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau, roughly 25,700 people live in Belvidere. Individuals looking for Belvidere apartments for rent will enjoy the abundance of opportunities for recreation and employment in this region.
Belvidere was founded in 1835, and was named Belvidere - meaning "beautiful to view" - because of the lovely landscape of the region. The town was platted on the north side of the Kishwaukee River; however, when the railroad was constructed in 1851 the town center moved to the south side.
The city is located in north-central Illinois, about 75 miles away from downtown Chicago. Residents have easy access to Routes 20, 76 and the Northern Illinois Toll road, as well as Interstate 90 and state highways 76 and 173. This makes it easy for residents to commute to their jobs throughout the county. Some of the top job providers include Chrysler, the local school district, General Mills, Boone County, Syncreon, Ipsen International and Camryn Industries.
People looking for Belvidere rentals will enjoy the low cost of living, which is nine percent lower than the national average. However, the average commute time is above average at 32 minutes, according to Best Places.
Each year, residents of Belvidere celebrate as the seasons change at the Boone County Harvestfest. This family-friendly event features a Scarecrow contest, cupcake decorating contest, local vendors and entertainment. The Harvestfest raises funds to improve the Kishwaukee Riverwalk throughout the entire county.
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