Roscoe, Illinois

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Location of Roscoe in Winnebago County, Illinois.
Location of Roscoe in Winnebago County, Illinois.
Location of Illinois in the United States
Location of Illinois in the United States
Coordinates: 42°24′48″N 89°00′33″W / 42.41333°N 89.00917°W / 42.41333; -89.00917Coordinates: 42°24′48″N 89°00′33″W / 42.41333°N 89.00917°W / 42.41333; -89.00917
CountryUnited States
 • Village PresidentMark Szula
 • Total10.39 sq mi (26.91 km2)
 • Land10.31 sq mi (26.72 km2)
 • Water0.07 sq mi (0.20 km2)
Elevation738 ft (225 m)
 • Total10,785
 • Estimate 
 • Density1,019.97/sq mi (393.81/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP Code(s)
Area code(s)815
FIPS code17-65611
Wikimedia CommonsRoscoe, Illinois

Roscoe is a village in Winnebago County, Illinois, a suburb of Rockford. The village is in a suburban area along the Rock River. It is part of the Rockford, Illinois Metropolitan Statistical Area. As of the 2010 census, the village population was 10,785, up from 6,244 at the 2000 census. The area has been undergoing a period of rapid growth. There have been numerous border disputes with its neighbor to the west, Rockton, Illinois and development and annexations continue by both villages. Recent growth has included the Promontory Ridge and Hidden Creek custom home subdivisions east of the Illinois Tollway, I-39/I-90.


Roscoe was incorporated as a village in 1965.[4] The village was named after Roscoe Township.[5] Harlem-Roscoe Fire Department Station Three, located at 13974 Willowbrook Rd, was hit by an EF-1 tornado on May 22, 2011.[6] Path length was 1 mile long and 50 yards wide, no injuries were reported.[7]


According to the 2010 census, Roscoe is located at 42°24′53″N 89°0′38″W / 42.41472°N 89.01056°W / 42.41472; -89.01056 (42.414841, -89.010470).[8] Roscoe has a total area of 10.435 square miles (27.03 km2), of which 10.36 square miles (26.83 km2) (or 99.28%) is land and 0.075 square miles (0.19 km2) (or 0.72%) is water.[9]


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 201810,526[3]−2.4%
U.S. Decennial Census[10]
Businesses in Roscoe
Welcome sign on Illinois Route 251

As of the census[11] of 2000, there were 6,244 people including 2,211 households and 1,740 families residing in the village. The population density was 675.1 people per square mile (260.6/km²). There were 2,277 housing units at an average density of 246.2 per square mile (95.0/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 95.26% White, 1.91% African American, 0.22% Native American, 0.82% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.74% from other races, and 1.04% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.50% of the population.

Of the 2,211 households, 44.5% had children under the age of 18, 67.4% were married couples living together, 7.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 21.3% were non-families. 16.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 4.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.82 members and the average family size was 3.19 members.

In the village, the population was spread out with 31.7% under the age of 18, 6.5% from 18 to 24, 35.6% from 25 to 44, 19.6% from 45 to 64, and 6.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females, there were 99.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 99.3 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $59,267, and the median income for a family was $61,515. Males had a median income of $48,356 versus $30,060 for females. The per capita income for the village was $25,324. About 1.7% of families and 2.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.1% of those under age 18 and none of those age 65 or over.


Mark Szula is the Village President since his election in April 2019 for a four-year term. He is a former trustee of the Village of Roscoe.[12]


The four public schools in Roscoe are part of the Kinnikinnick School District.[13] These are Ledgewood School (grades PreK-1), Stone Creek School (grades 2-3), Kinnikinnick School (grades 4-5), and Roscoe Middle School (grades 6-8).[14] There is no public high school in the village, so high school students attending a public school must attend Hononegah High School in neighboring Rockton, Illinois, or Harlem High School, in Machesney Park, IL. The school district is involved in a court action to use eminent domain to acquire land in Roscoe for a high school. Roscoe Middle School is the largest feeder school for Hononegah High School. The Prairie Hill Community Consolidated School District #133 also serves parts of Roscoe's northeast area.[15] Parts of the southern areas are served by Harlem School District 122.[16] Rockford School District 205 serves the SE section of the village.[17]

Notable people[edit]

  • John Q. Briggs, Minnesota state senator, was born in Roscoe.
  • Nicole Manske, sports reporter and Miss Illinois Teen USA (1998), co-host of The Speed Report; native of Roscoe
  • Danica Patrick, driver, only woman to win in the IndyCar Series and only woman to get a lead laps in both the Indianapolis 500 and Daytona 500 and get top tens in both; grew up in Roscoe.
  • The original tombstone of Lee Harvey Oswald, assassin of John F Kennedy is located in the automobile museum in Roscoe. The future location of the grave marker, which was stolen from Oswald's grave is in question. The Oswald family, the original owners, charges the person who sold the stone to the museum was not authorized by the rightful owners to sell the stone. It was sold for a little less than $10,000 to the museum.


  1. ^ "2016 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved Jun 30, 2017.
  2. ^ "USGS detail on Newtown". Retrieved 2007-10-21.
  3. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved August 11, 2019.
  4. ^ "Village of Roscoe History". Village of Roscoe. Retrieved 10 January 2011.
  5. ^ Chicago and North Western Railway Company (1908). A History of the Origin of the Place Names Connected with the Chicago & North Western and Chicago, St. Paul, Minneapolis & Omaha Railways. p. 119.
  6. ^ "Harlem-Roscoe Fire". Retrieved 2018-12-04.
  7. ^ US Department of Commerce, NOAA. "May 22, 2011 Tornado Event". Retrieved 2018-12-04.
  8. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  9. ^ "G001 - Geographic Identifiers - 2010 Census Summary File 1". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2015-12-25.
  10. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  11. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
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  13. ^ "Schools". Kinnikinnick Community Consolidated School District 131. Archived from the original on 24 February 2015.
  14. ^ "General Information". Kinnikinnick C.C.S.D. #131. Retrieved 27 January 2019.
  15. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-09-30. Retrieved 2007-05-23.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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  17. ^ Bureau, U. S. Census. "American FactFinder - Search". Retrieved 27 January 2019.

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