Community of Harvard

Climate

Avg. Winter Temp 20.20 F -6.56 C
Avg. Summer Temp 71.00 F 21.66 C
Avg. Annual Rainfall 35.20 in 89.41 cm
Avg. Annual Snowfall 36.72 in 93.27 cm

Demographics

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Primary County – McHenry County, Illinois

Current

2000

2010

2018

City of Harvard

7,996

9,447

9,130*

Trade Area – 2016

5 Miles

10 Miles

15 Miles

Population

12,884

30,359

127,700

Households

4,346

10,910

47,049

Population

2000

2010

2018

2023 (Est.)

Greater Harvard Area (5 mi)

12,218

12,610

12,804

13,729

McHenry County

260,077

308,760

308,570*

 

County Labor Market

139,396

180,783

218,467**

 

Sources: *ESRI Data **ACS Estimate

Quality of Life

Harvard tax rates are substantially lower than in Cook County and surrounding municipalities. Note: property tax rates per $100 assessed valuation. Valuation is 33.3% of real property, compared to Cook County where commercial property is assessed at 38% and industrial property is assessed at 36%.

Property Tax Rates Year 2018

City

  2.187869%

Others

  9.019846%

Total

12.806324%

Total Property Tax Rates For Two Previous Years

2017

2016

12.031339%

12.343941%

Community Features

The Starline Factory is a renovated historic facility which boasts a banquet hall, artist studios and space for special events. It is the location of Harvard’s popular monthly ‘4th Friday’ events, which up to 1,000 art lovers from throughout the region.

Mercyhealth Hospital Harvard is a licensed Critical Access Hospital that provides critical services to the Harvard community. Services include Lab, Radiology, Nuclear Medicine, Respiratory Therapy, Cardiac Rehabilitation, Stroke Care and more.  Visit Mercyhealth online at www.mercyhealthsystem.org  

Total Number of Beds

Inpatient

15

ICU

3

Emergency

5

Operating/Procedure Room Suites

3

Clinic

Yes

Doctors on Staff

45

Emergency Medical Treatment

Yes

Harvard Area (within 10 miles)

Motels/Hotels

1

Number of Rooms

60

Capacity of Largest

Banquet Room – Starline

350

Public Golf Courses

1

Public Swimming Pools

1

Public Library

1

Churches

17

       Various Denominations

Education

The Harvard area offers a wealth of educational and training programs that are geared to creating good students, qualified workers and strong businesses. Workforce and small business development services are provided through nearby McHenry County College, its Shah Center for Corporate Training and the Illinois Small Business Development Center. The college also offers two and four-year degrees through partnerships with Webster University and Columbia College. Northern Illinois University is only 40 minutes away, offering a full range of degree opportunities. Training incentives and subsidies exist for eligible companies.

Educational Facilities in Harvard

Harvard Community Unit School District 50 serves nearly 2,800 students from Pre-K-12 in five schools.Washington School serves the District’s Pre-K student population. Crosby Elementary hosts Kindergarten through 3rd grade. Jefferson School houses 4th and 5th grade. Harvard Junior High consists of 6-8th grade and Harvard High School is home to 9-12th grade students. The District has 424 employees.

Harvard Community Unit School District 50 (2018)

Level

Number

Teachers

Enrollment

Pre-Kindergarten

1

10

217

Elementary

2

94

1,216

Jr. High

1

47

585

High School

1

69

709

Transportation & Utilities

Harvard offers fast and convenient access to major markets, with Union Pacific rail service and Metra commuter service to Chicago. The I-90/173 interchange provides fast access to Chicago, Rockford, Milwaukee and Madison.

Rail Service

Access to rail service is available at Arrowhead Industrial Park and other sites.

  • Rail Service via Union Pacific – Piggyback Service Available

Harvard offers daily commuter rail service to and from Chicago and the northwest suburbs via Metra.

MotorCarrier

Highways Serving Community

1 Federal – 2 State

Interstates Serving Community

I-90, I-43

Nearest Interchange: Rt 173 / I-90

Distance 18 MI

Motor Freight Terminals

1

Local Carriers

3

Interstate Carriers

6

Package Delivery Service

Yes

Air

Harvard offers good access to Chicago’s O’Hare Airport, Chicago-Rockford International Airport, Milwaukee’s Mitchell Field and the Greater Madison Airport. Smaller public airports are nearby, including Dacy Airport in Harvard

Harvard is also within one hour of the major FedEx hub in Madison, within a half hour of the UPS hub in Rockford and is located within Foreign Trade Zone #176 (Chicago-Rockford International Airport).

Nearest Commercial Airport

Chicago O’Hare Intl Airport

Commercial Flights

500+ /day

Passengers

83.2 million /year

Mail and Freight

1.9 million tons /year

Nearest Public Airport

Dacy Airport, Harvard

Type of Surface

Grass

Landing Strips

3 Lighted

Longest Runway

3,700 Ft / 1,080 M

Amenities Lighted runway, fuel service, private storage, maintenance

UTILITIES

An existing High-Speed T1 Line connects Harvard to Chicago. A variety of communication resources make it
easy to do business, including DSL, cable and wireless.

Water

High Quality, Capacity Available. Competitive water and sewer rates

Water Supplier

Municipal

Water Source

Very High Quality

Gallons/Day

Liters/Day

Storage Capacity

1,550,000

5,890,000

Treatment Capacity

3,000,000

12,038,400

Average Daily Demand

900,000

3,420,000

Peak Daily Demand

1,100,000

4,180,000

Excess Capacity

2,068,000

7,858,400

Waste Water Treatment

Type of Sewage Treatment Plant – Secondary

Treatment Capacity

1,800,000

6,840,000

Present Load

1,000,000

3,800,000

Excess Capacity

800,000

3,040,000

Natural Gas – Electricity – Telecommunications

Gas Supplier

Nicor

Electric Supplier

ComEd, Competitive

Local Telephone Supplier

AT&T

Digital Switching

Yes

Fiber Optics

Yes

High Speed Internet Access

DSL, Cable

T1 Line

Yes, Site Specific

Workforce

Nearly 500 companies call the Harvard area home. A sampling includes:

Employer

Product / Service

Ameriprint

Printing

Catty Corp.

Mfg.

Consolidated Container

Mfg.

CUSD50

School District

Dean Foods

Dairy Products/Mfg.

Erect-a-Tube

Construction

Harvard State Bank

Bank

Mercyhealth Hospital Harvard

Healthcare

Pedigree Ovens

Pet Food Mfg.

True Value

Distribution Center

Walmart Retail

Labor Force Composition, Harvard IL – ESRI Data

Sector

Percentage

Agriculture

2.2%

Construction

5.4%

Education

14.6%

Finance/Insurance/Real Estate

2.9%

Government

6.4%

Healthcare

6.6%

Hospitality 1.1%
Manufacturing 14.5%
Retail Trade 20.9%
Transp./Utility/Comm. 4.2%
Other Services 13.4%
Wholesale Trade 7.8%

Labor Force Summary

(McHenry County, 2018)

Total Labor Force

218,467*

Total Employment

154,675**

Harvard Employed Population

6,338**

Source: * ACS est. ** Census.gov

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