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Freeport is a city in Stephenson County.

It is the county seat.

So named because settler William "Tutty" Baker offered a free ferry across the Pecatonica River.
[NOTE: This is not the only community in Illinois named Freeport. For links to other places called Freeport, IL, see the Duplicate Names box at right.]

The latitude of Freeport is 42.296N. The longitude is -89.621W.

It is in the Central Standard time zone. Elevation is 778 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 25,867.


INCOME SNAPSHOT
Median household income
Local
$35,399
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Freeport demographic reports
Freeport is on the Pecatonica River.
Once a stagecoach stop, Freeport was the site of the second Lincoln-Douglas debate, in 1858.
Well-known residents have included:
· Calista Flockhart, actress
· Louella Parsons, newspaper columnist
Local festivals include:
  • Stephenson County Fair - Aug. 21-26, 2007
  • Brats, Beer and Blues Festival - Aug. 3, 2007
  • A Pretzel City Festival - June 30, 2007
  • Freeport Fusion Festival - Sept. 8, 2007
  • Oakdale in October - Oct. 13, 2007
Dates often change. Check Freeport web sites and events links in the sections below.
Historic sites and museums: Stephenson County Historical Museum
Colleges and universities: Highland Community College
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was above the national average. (See library links below.)

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Sections below provide additional information and links about Freeport demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Stephenson County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 61032 ZIP code.

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Ancestry & family history

35% of Freeport residents report German ancestry, and 11% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Freeport ancestry & family history guide.

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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Freeport was $18,680, compared with $21,587 nationally.

Education

17% of Freeport residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Dates often change. Check with local tourism officials to be sure.

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Housing & real estate

Median rent in Freeport, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $328.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $804.


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Libraries in Freeport include Freeport Public Library ... View libraries

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Newspapers in Freeport include Freeport Journal-Standard

TV stations in Freeport include WIFR.

National Public Radio programming is carried locally by WNIE.

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Politics

Stephenson County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Freeport political report.

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Traffic

The average commute time for Freeport workers is 17 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 2 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Freeport between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of .8 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.

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Hotels in Freeport include Amerihost Inn & Suites Freeport, Holiday Inn Express Hotels, Super 8.

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