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

2016 (Est.)

City of Harvard

7,996

9,447

9,802*

*Harvard Trade Area – 2013 Claritas Sites Reports Data

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

2016 (Est.)

Greater Harvard Area

  12,218

  12,610

  12,919

McHenry County

260,077

308,760

307,343**

County Labor Market

139,396

180,783

171,858***

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 2015

City

  2.553481%

Others

  2.904859%

School

  7.347984%

Total

12.806324%

Total Property Tax Rates For Two Previous Years

2014

2013

12.897782%

11.981747%

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

20 Miles

Motels/Hotels

1

70

Number of Rooms

60

8,000

Capacity of Largest

Banquet Room – Starline

350

1,000

Public Golf Courses

1

35

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. Harvard Community Unit School District 50 operates five schools, including a $20 million elementary school built in 2010 for 1,000 students. Schools include: Washington School – ECE, grades Pre-K and Kindergarten; Crosby Elementary School – grades K-3; Jefferson School – grades 4 and 5; Junior High School – grades 6-8; and High School – grades 9 – 12.  The residents are also served by Community College District Number 528.

Transportation & Utilities

Harvard offers fast and convenient access to major markets and more.

Rail Service

Access to rail service is available at several 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.

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

Nearest Commercial Airport

Chicago O’Hare Intl Airport

Commercial Airlines

50 Flights per day 2,500

Nearest Public Airport

Dacy Airport

Distance 1 mile 2 Km

Type of Surface

Grass

Longest Runway

3,600 Ft 1,080 M

Runway Lights

Yes

Pvt Storage Available

Yes

Pvt Maintenance Available

Yes

RTA Dial-A-Ride bus service also available.

UTILITIES

Water

Very High Quality, Plenty of Capacity

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

Harvard voters approved Electric Choice in April 2011.

Gas Supplier

Competitive

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

Over 500 companies call the Harvard area home.

A sampling of major employers in the community includes:

Largest Area Employers

Employer

Approximate Number of Employees

Community Unit School District 50

465

Mercyhealth Hospital Harvard

316

True Value Central Shipping

182

Walmart

175

Dean Foods

160

Pedigree Ovens

120

Catty Corp.

  65

Consolidated Container

  65

The Harvard State Bank

  60

Ameriprint

  55

Source:  2015 Illinois Manufacturers Directory and 2015 Illinois Services Directory.

Labor Force Summary

(McHenry County)

(2014)

Total Labor Force

171,858

Total Employed

155,400

Manufacturing

  27.6%

Retail

  12.1%

Non-Manufacturing

  60.3%

Harvard’s economy and employment base is highly stable and not dependent on any one industry.

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