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Janesville, WI

Located in the southern section of Wisconsin, Janesville is home to roughly 63,000 people. With its elaborate and extensive park system, Janesville is commonly known as the "City of Parks." A historic city, Janesville also boasts a large number of buildings and residences listed on the National Register of Historic Places, including a house where President Abraham Lincoln once slept.

GETTING AROUND

Interstate 90/39 cuts through Janesville from north to south. The interstate can take travelers to Madison, which is north of Janesville, or to Rockford, Illinois, which is where I-39 connects with I-90. Other major roadways include U.S. Highways 14 and 51.

For public transportation, the Janesville Transit System operates within the city and connects travelers with nearby Beloit. The bus routes run throughout the week, while also featuring a Beloit-Janesville Express that caters to commuter traffic.

Roughly three miles southwest of Janesville is Southwest Wisconsin Regional Airport. This public airport was formerly known as Rock County Airport. The airport doesn't offer commercial flights, however; all the flights are either charter-based or on private aircraft.

ECONOMY AND INDUSTRIES

The dominant industries in Janesville are the educational and health care industries, with the Mercy Health System and the Janesville School District serving as the primary employers.

The green industry is a major sector in Janesville. As with many Wisconsin communities, local businesses sell their landscaping services or plants, flowers, and grass.

Many businesses are based in Janesville, including:

NEIGHBORHOODS AND DISTRICTS

Janesville accommodates more than 25,000 homes, with approximately 95 percent occupancy. Of the occupied homes, more than 68 percent are owner-occupied.

Of all the homes in the city, nearly one-quarter of them were constructed before 1939. The most expensive neighborhood is the entire western part of Janesville in the Afton and Leyden neighborhood, while the least expensive part of the city is in the center of Janesville near Racine and Jackson streets.

SHOPPING

Located off Interstate 90 on Highway 26 South, the Janesville Mall has several anchor stores and numerous smaller retail shops. Millions of area shoppers visit the roughly 627,000-square-foot mall annually.

Another major shopping center is Creston Park Shopping Center, which was built in 1998. Found on Deerfield Road, it has numerous stores, restaurants, and a movie theater all in its outdoor center.

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Blackhawk Technical College is a public vocational college with four campuses in Janesville. The main campus is the Central Campus, located off Highway 51 and County Road G. The college's students can choose from a wide range of associate's degrees, as well as several one- and two-year technical degrees.


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