About South Beloit

City Data

City of South Beloit Illinois (12)South Beloit, Illinois is in Winnebago County
South Beloit population 2011: 7,892.
Population change since 2000: +46.2%
Males: 3,849
Females: 4,040
Median Resident age: 34.1 years
Zip code: 61080
Estimated median household income in 2009: $45,581
Elevation 740 feet
Population density: 1992 people per square mile
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City of South Beloit Comprehensive Plan

south beloit comprehensive plan (Custom)City’s vision for its future and serves as the offical policy guide for improvement and development. The Plan, which outlines the City’s vision, goals, and objective, is intended to provide a common playbook for elected and appointed officials, business owners and developers, residents and othe community shareholders. As a policy guide, it is meant to be an aid for making decisions about land use and development, transportation and infrastructure, parks and open space, and much more. As a representation of the community’s development desires, the Plan will assist the City’s leadership in achieving the community’s shared vision for its future. Click to download.Download Plan


Economic Development and Industry

South Beloit sits on the WI/IL state line, and we work closely with economic development community partners in Rock County in Wisconsin and Winnebago County in Illinois. Our geographical location on the Illinois-Wisconsin border, midway between Lake Michigan and the Mississippi River, puts us in the center of the U.S.A.’s biggest market-the Midwest. Speedy access to these markets is provided by the area’s diversified transportation systems. Interstate Highways 39, 90, and 43 link the area with other Wisconsin and Illinois communities, as well as the rest of the nation.

We are in close proximity to 2 major cities; Chicago and Milwaukee, both within a 2 hour drive. Greater Beloit can offer ease of access to markets and suppliers. This is a highly significant factor in terms of freight costs and the increased emphasis on “Just-In-Time” production. In short, Greater Beloit can offer you and your firm the right location to expand or establish a business. (from Greater Beloit Works website)

Business Spotlight – North American Tool

North American Tool in South Beloit, ILNorth American Tool, headquartered in South Beloit, is a global company making a complete line of made-to-order cutting tools such as special taps, dies and thread gages. A special tap is a cutting tool that cuts internal threads and is manufactured with specifications that vary in diameter, thread combinations and dimensions that are found in anything from eye glasses to the Space Shuttle.

“The Greater Beloit area is the ideal location for our business,” says CEO Curt Lansbery. “Being close to the UPS hub in Rockford is a plus for us; there is a solid group of employees here that, while we could leave, it would be difficult to retain that kind of quality workforce.  We’ve been recruited to other parts of the country, but, frankly, there is no good reason for us to leave. We really think the Greater Beloit area gives us the best competitive advantage.”  (Article about North American Tool from thisisbeloit.com website)

Greater Beloit Economic Development
Greater Beloit Chamber of Commerce
Winnebago County Economic Development

Natural history

South_Beloit_Park_10_9_13_00261 (Custom)What is now South Beloit was previously full of natural resources such as copper, lead, and bog iron. Buff and blue limestones were plentiful everywhere in Winnebago County, with limestone forming the banks of the Rock River and Turtle Creek. The buff limestone gave the first settlers material for their houses and public buildings, some of which can still be seen in Rockford, Rockton, Beloit and South Beloit. The older homes in South Beloit had 18–20-inch-thick basement walls of this limestone. The South Beloit area has a thick deposit of sand, and industries were built here because of its unusually fine quality. A fine quality of clay was also found in the state line area. Two of our beautiful lakes, Lake Victoria and Pearl Lake, were originally gravel quarries.

Earliest residents

Many Peoples have inhabited South Beloit over the years, including the Mound Builders, Sioux, and Illinswek (Illinois). Around 1830, a large Ho-Chunk village known as Ke-Chunk (Turtle Village) existed near the mouth of Turtle Creek close to the Illinois-Wisconsin state line in what is now Beloit, Wisconsin or South Beloit, Illinois.  The word Ke-chunk (properly Kečąk), means “turtle” and was used to denote the Ho-Chunk village on Turtle Creek.

In 1829, according to U.S. Indian agent John Kinzie, this village had 35 lodges with nearly 700 inhabitants. Notable Ho-Chunk leaders associated with the village include White Crow (Kau-ree-kau-say-kaw), Whirling Thunder (Wau-kaun-wee-kaw), Walking Turtle (Karramaunee), and Little Priest or Little Chief (Mor-ay-tshay-kaw). The early French-Canadian trader Joseph Thibault built a cabin near the village site in 1835 or perhaps earlier.

Excerpt from The Search for Ke-Chunk – 2012 Investigations in South Beloit, Winnebago County, Illinois, By William Green, Logan Museum of Anthropology, Beloit College, Beloit, WI. Dr. Green conducted archaeological research at The Confluence in the summer of 2012. Read more about it at Nature At The Confluence website.