|City of Beloit, Wisconsin|
|Nickname(s): Gateway To Wisconsin|
|Incorporated||February 24, 1846 (village)
March 31, 1856 (city)
|• Manager||Larry Arft|
|• City Attorney||Tom Casper|
|• City Council||Charles Haynes (President)
Mark Spreitzer (Vice President)
Sheila De Forest
David F. Luebke
James Van De Bogart
|• Total||17.70 sq mi (45.84 km2)|
|• Land||17.37 sq mi (44.99 km2)|
|• Water||0.33 sq mi (0.85 km2)|
|Elevation||751 ft (228.9 m)|
|• Estimate (2011)||36,913|
Beloit lays claim to such inventions as the speedometer, Korn Kurls, and John Francis Appleby's twine binder. Korn Kurls, which resemble present day Cheetos, are credited for the founding of the snack food industry.
Beloit's Water Tower Place went under demolition in 1935, but was halted shortly after because of the sheer cost of tearing down the tower.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 17.70 square miles (45.84 km2), of which 17.37 square miles (44.99 km2) is land and 0.33 square miles (0.85 km2) is water. Location: .
The city is located adjacent to the Town of Beloit, Town of Turtle, and the Illinois municipality of South Beloit. There is very little agricultural land remaining between Beloit and Janesville or between Beloit and Rockford, Illinois.
Most of Beloit's development is occurring on the east side, adjacent to Interstates 39/90 and Interstate 43, where the city annexed rural land for the extensive Beloit Gateway Industrial Park, as well as in the newly revitalized downtown located along the Rock River.
Beloit is represented by Mark Pocan (D) in the United States House of Representatives, and by Ron Johnson (R) and Tammy Baldwin (D) in the United States Senate. Neal Kedzie (R) and Tim Cullen (D) represent Beloit in the Wisconsin State Senate, and Amy Loudenbeck (R) and Janis Ringhand (D) represent Beloit in the Wisconsin State Assembly.
As of 2000 the median income for a household in the city is $36,414, and the median income for a family is $42,083. Males have a median income of $32,870 versus $23,925 for females. The per capita income for the city is $16,912. 12.5% of the population and 9.6% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 16.4% are under the age of 18 and 6.3% are 65 or older.
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As of the census of 2010, there were 36,966 people, 13,781 households, and 8,867 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,128.2 inhabitants per square mile (821.7 /km2). There were 15,177 housing units at an average density of 873.7 per square mile (337.3 /km2). The racial makeup of the city was 68.9% White, 15.1% African American, 0.4% Native American, 1.1% Asian, 10.0% from other races, and 4.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 17.1% of the population.
There were 13,781 households out of which 36.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 39.6% were married couples living together, 18.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 6.4% had a male householder with no wife present, and 35.7% were non-families. 29.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.57 and the average family size was 3.16.
The median age in the city was 33.1 years. 27.1% of residents were under the age of 18; 12.1% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 25.7% were from 25 to 44; 23.1% were from 45 to 64; and 12% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.9% male and 52.1% female.
Beloit was served by the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad, better known as the Milwaukee Road, and the Chicago & North Western Railroad (C&NW). The city also had an electric interurban railroad. In its 1980 bankruptcy, the Milwaukee Road disposed of the Southwestern Line. The Union Pacific Railroad, which took over the C&NW, operates in Beloit today over a remnant of the former Milwaukee Road, providing a rail connection to Fairbanks-Morse.[clarification needed] The Canadian Pacific Railway operates other trackage in Beloit.
Beloit's major industries:
† indicates Beloit is home to the company's world headquarters.
Beloit's riverfront is popular with many of the city's dwellers. The downtown, home to many small shops and boutiques, has seen a recent[when?] renewal. Upscale downtown condominiums are now visible, with the additions of such venues as Heritage View and the Beloit Inn.
Beloit's main festivals include:
Beloit is home to a professional minor league baseball team, the Beloit Snappers.
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Beloit Water Tower, constructed in 1889
Middle College, on the Beloit College campus, Wisconsin's oldest academic building still in use
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