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About Janesville

Janesville, Wisconsin

Janesville is a city in southern Wisconsin. It is the county seat of Rock CountyGR6 and the principal municipality of the Janesville, Wisconsin Metropolitan Statistical Area. As of the 2000 census, the city had a population of 59,498.[1] As of December, 2006 the Janesville metropolitan population was 159,153.

Downtown Janesville looking south on Main Street (2004)

 

 

Geography

Location of Janesville, Wisconsin

Janesville is located at 42°41′2″N, 89°0′59″W (42.68411, -89.016654).GR1

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 72.8 km² (28.1 mi²). 71.3 km² (27.5 mi²) of it is land and 1.5 km² (0.6 mi²) of it (2.10%) is water. Janesville is divided by the Rock River.

Demographics

As of the censusGR2 of 2000, there were 59,498 residents, 23,894 occupied housing units, and 15,746 families in the city. The population density was 834.1/km² (2,160.6/mi²). There were 25,083 housing units at an average density of 351.7/km² (910.9/mi²). The racial makeup of the city was 95.27% White, 1.26% Black or African American, 0.25% Native American, 0.96% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 1.02% from other races, and 1.22% from two or more races. 2.64% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

Of the 23,894 households, 32.7% had children under the age of 18 living in them, 51.1% were married couples living together, 10.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.1% were non-families. 27.4% of all households were made up of individuals, with 9.7% comprised of individuals aged 65 years or older. The average household size was 2.45 and the average family size was 2.99.

In the city, the population was spread out with 26.2% under the age of 18, 8.3% from 18 to 24, 31.2% from 25 to 44, 21.4% from 45 to 64, and 12.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 95.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.6 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $45,961, and the median income for a family was $55,133. Males had a median income of $40,910 versus $26,423 for females. The per capita income for the city was $22,224. About 4.3% of families and 6.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.1% of those under age 18 and 5.8% of those age 65 or over.

Architecture

The 1857 Lincoln-Tallman House, which models the Italian Villa-style architecture, is one of twenty sites on the Register. Abe Lincoln slept there for two nights. The Columbus Circle neighborhood became Janesville's tenth historic district in 2005. The former Janesville Public Library [1], a Carnegie library built in 1902, was designed by J.T.W. Jennings.

Transportation

Janesville operates a bus system, the Janesville Transit System (JTS), which also connects with neighboring Beloit. Van Galder Bus (a Coach USA company) operates a regional bus between Madison and downtown Chicago, Chicago O'Hare Airport, and Midway Airport. Interstate 90/39 goes through Janesville, as do U.S. Hwy 14 and 51 and state Hwy 26 and 11. Just south of Janesville is Southern Wisconsin regional airport.

Media

The Janesville Gazette, owned by Bliss Communications, is one of two daily newspapers in Rock County, Wisconsin (the Beloit Daily News being the other), and serves a regional market stretching into Walworth County. Delavan-based Community Shoppers, Inc. publishes the bi-weekly Janesville Messenger.

Parks

Rock Aqua Jays
Rock Aqua Jays

Janesville is known as "Wisconsin's Park Place." Its 2,015 acre park system includes 53 improved parks, as well as boat launches, golf courses, and nature trails.[2]

Janesville has a public, internationally-themed botanical garden, Rotary Gardens, with free admission (donations accepted), that is open during the summer months. It is home to numerous weddings and group gatherings.[3]

Traxler Park is home to the Rock Aqua Jays, a water ski team which has been U.S. national champion 15 times. The team originated and regularly hosts the National Show Ski championships. Traxler Park is also home to the Fourth of July festivities.

Riverside Park, located along the Rock River, includes a number of features:

Other parks can be found as well:

Education

The Wisconsin School for the Visually Handicapped has been located in Janesville since 1850. A two-year technical college, Blackhawk Technical College, is located halfway between Janesville and Beloit; Blackhawk also offers degree programs through Upper Iowa University. A two-year community college, the University of Wisconsin-Rock County, located on the southwest side of Janesville, is part of the University of Wisconsin System. The Janesville Academy for International Studies, a charter school that teaches high school students global perspectives, and the Guide Language Center, which offers over 10 foreign languages, are both located downtown.

Business and Industry

Janesville's largest employer is the Janesville Assembly plant of General Motors, followed by the Mercy Health System, and the Janesville School District [5]. Other major employers include automotive-related manufacturers Lear, SSI Technologies, and Bourns Automotive, and the successful hazardous materials equipment distributor Lab Safety Supply. The global movable partition manufacturer Hufcor has been based in Janesville for more than a century. A Simmons Beautyrest factory and other industrial businesses are also major employers. The non-profit Mercy Health System has a multi-county market extending into Illinois. Blain's Farm and Fleet, a three-state retail chain, has headquarters and a distribution center in Janesville.

Janesville-based Swing'n'Slide, a maker of wood-and-plastic playground equipment, is now a subsidiary of Playcore, Inc. KidSafe Playhouses, the only builder in the country designing handicapped accessible playhouses for children was founded by Edward Roberts, based on his experiences with the Janesville Gingerbread House Learning Center. Janesville is also the home of Hufcor, a top global manufacturer of room dividers, and Gray's Brewing, maker of award-winning boutique beers and soda pop.

The Parker Pen Company was founded in Janesville; at one time its Main Street factory was the largest writing instrument plant in the world. The company later purchased Manpower, Inc., but eventually sold the pen business to Gillette, and no longer operates in Janesville. It is now owned by the British company, Sanford. The Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company was also founded in Janesville in 1857, but moved to Milwaukee two years later.

Woodman's Food Market, a regional supermarket chain, built its first warehouse store in Janesville. The Janesville Mall redeveloped in the late 1990s, and in 1998, the Pine Tree Plaza opened. In 2006, construction of a Super Wal-Mart and a Sam's Club began construction after a period of controversy. Both stores opened in November 2006. This was followed by the announcement of a major big box development slated for 2007 near I-90 and Highway 26 on the site of the former Janesville Oasis, known for a fiberglass cow at its entrance. The anchor for the development will be a Super Menard's, with additional retail and restaurant space to be announced later. The cow will be spared and moved, by popular demand. The plans for the old Wal-Mart and old Menard's sites were not yet announced as of January 2007. Janesville is also home to Freedom Plastics, Inc. Since 1976, Freedom Plastics has specialized in P.V.C. pipe. They have a pipe extrusion plant as well as a fabrication plant.

See also

A basketball game between cross-town rivals, Joseph A. Craig High School and George S. Parker High School
A basketball game between cross-town rivals, Joseph A. Craig High School and George S. Parker High School

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