Estimated Location Information – Blue Surge

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Rebecca Gillman has indicated that she envisions the production taking place in Beloit, Wisc. Here are some stats –

Beloit, WI:

As of 2007 Beloit had a population of 37,710 persons. According to the 2000 census, there were 35,775 people, 13,370 households, and 8,904 families residing in the city. The population density is 2,176/sq. mi. There are 14,262 housing units at an average density of 867.7 persons/sq mi. The racial makeup of the city is 75.57% White, 15.37% Af-Am, .38% Native American, 1.16% Asian, .07% Pacific Islander, 4.62% from other races, and 2.85% from two or more races. 9.10% of the population are Hispanic or Latino. There are 13,370 households out of which 34.0% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.5% are married couples living together, 16.6% have a woman whose husband does not live with her, and 33.4% are non-families. 27.5% of all households are made up of individuals and 11.3% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.57 and the average family size is 3.10. In the city the population is spread out with 27.7% under the age of 18, 11.5% from 18 to 24, 28.5% from 25 to 44, 19.3% from 45 to 64, and 13.0% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 33 years. For every 100 females there are 92.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 87.2 males. 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.

Local places of interest include: Beloit College, Hormel plant, Frito Lay plant, the world’s largest can of chili and Beloit Snappers baseball club of the Midwest League. There doesn’t seem to be many points of cultural interest so far as museums, concert halls or theater.

Most of Beloit’s development is occurring on the east side, adjacent to Interstates 39/90 and Interstate 43. In 2007, America in Bloom, a national competition between cities declared Beloit as “the best kept secret of the Midwest.” In September America in Bloom named Beloit the overall winner in its population class, Beloit also received top honors for any sized city in the category of landscaping. Anthropologist Margaret Mead described Beloit as, “American in microcosm.” Beloit has been a Tree City for the past 19 years, earning its place as one of the longest running tree cities in the state and nation.

I also talked about a Wisconsinite about Beloit briefly and his response was basically that Beloit was very boring and there wasn’t much to do other than go to work and sleep there.

Anish asked me to look into the following cities to compare to Beloit in regards to finding another comparable city to which the cast would be more familiar.  Though through table discussions the team has decided that we will not pinpoint an exact location for this play.

Peoria, Illinois

Peoria is significantly larger than Beloit, Wisconsin. In being a larger city it actually has things to do culturally and in terms of sports, parks etc. whereas Beloit does not have much of anything in terms of entertainment.

As of the 2000 census the city had a total population of 112,936. In 2005 the Peoria Metropolitan Statistical Area had a population of 369,161 (Note: this is not a population burst, the 112,936 does not include the metro area.) According to Wikipedia “Peoria has become famous as a representation of the average American city because of its demographics and its perceived mainstream Midwestern culture.” Peoria is often used as a test market for new products, services, and public policy polling.

The racial makeup of the city was 69.29% White, 24.79% African American, 0.20% Native American, 2.33% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 1.20% from other races, and 2.16% from other races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.51% of the population. There were 45,199 households, out of which 29.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.6% were married couples living together, 15.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.5% were non-families. Individuals made up 33.2% of all households, and 11.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.39 and the average family size was 3.04.

In the city the population was spread out, with 25.7% under the age of 18, 12.0% from 18 to 24, 27.2% from 25 to 44, 20.8% from 45 to 64, and 14.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females, there were 89.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.0 males. The median income for a household in the city was $36,397. The per capita income for the city was $20,512. Some 18.8% of the population was below the poverty line.

Culture: Peoria Park Disctrict has 9,000 acres of park. Medicine has become a large part of its economy. Downtown area includes, convention and educational facilities. In addition to, the Peoria Civic Center, Apollo Theatre, and O’Brien Field, as well as dining along the riverfront. There is the Glen Oak Zoo and five public golf courses. Museums include the Lakeview Museum for the Arts and Sciences and Wheels o’Time Museum.

Sports: AHL Peoria Rivermen (affiliated with St. Louis Blues). Class A Minor League Baseball team Peoria Chiefs (affliciated with Chicago Cubs). Home to Arena Football League 2, Peoria Pirates.

Peoria has been awarded the All-America City Award three times (1953, 1966 and 1989).

According to Forbes, the Peoria area is ranked the most affordable U.S. metropolitan area to live in out of the nation’s 150 largest metro areas. Forbes also recently ranked Peoria #47 out of the largest 150 metro areas in its annual “Best Places for Business and Careers.” Based on the cost of doing business, cost of living, entertainment opportunities, and income growth. 2005, Sperling and Sanders Best Places to Live #51/331` citing “low cost of living, low cost of housing and attractive residential areas.” Consistently ranks in the Top 10 Best Mannered Cities in America as compiled by etiquette expert Marjabelle young Stewart.

Rock Island, Illinois

Rock Island itself is a good comparison in regards to population and demographics. However, due to the close proximity of Rock Island to other mid-size cities bring a lot more cultural and athletic activities to attend, which Beloit is lacking.

Population 39,684 according to 2000 census. As of the census of 2000, there were 39,684 people, 16,148 households, and 9,543 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,492.0 people per square mile (962.4/km²). There were 17,542 housing units at an average density of 1,101.6/sq mi (425.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 77.13% White, 17.17% African American, 0.28% Native American, 0.75% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 2.41% from other races, and 2.19% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.90% of the population.

There were 16,148 households out of which 26.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.2% were married couples living together, 14.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 40.9% were non-families. 34.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.31 and the average family size was 2.97.

In the city the population was spread out with 23.0% under the age of 18, 13.1% from 18 to 24, 25.7% from 25 to 44, 21.9% from 45 to 64, and 16.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 89.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.1 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $34,729, and the median income for a family was $45,127. Males had a median income of $32,815 versus $23,378 for females. The per capita income for the city was $19,202. About 10.9% of families and 14.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 22.5% of those under age 18 and 8.4% of those age 65 or over.

Points of Interest include Longview Park Conseratory and Gardens, Quad City Botanical Center, Augustana College, Cippiannock Cemetery, Black Hawk State Historic Site, Broadway Historic District, Rock Island Public Library. There are many local, minor sports teams including hockey, basketball and baseball mostly located in surrounding cities.

Rockford, IL

Rockford is the appropriate feel that Anish is looking for, however, Rockford is far larger than Beloit.

As reported in the 2000 U.S. census, the city was home to 155,115 people, while in the 2006 estimate, it is said to have a population of 168,138, making it the third largest city in Illinois after Chicago and Aurora. The metropolitan area has 339,178 residents as of the 2000 census.

As of the census of 2000, there were 150,115 people, 59,158 households, and 37,328 families residing in the city. Because the city is the largest in the area, the surrounding towns are considered to be Rockford’s metropolitan area, which has a combined population of approximately 339,178 persons. The population density of the city prime was 1,034.8/km² (2,680.4/sq mi). There were 63,570 housing units at an average density of 1,135.1/sq mi (438.2/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 72.81% White, 17.37% African American, 0.32% Native American, 2.20% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 4.80% from other races, and 2.46% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 10.18% of the population.

There are 59,158 households of which 31.5% include children under the age of 18, 43.8% were married couples living together, 14.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.9% were non-families. 30.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.46 and the average family size was 3.09.

In the city the population was spread out with 26.7% under the age of 18, 9.2% from 18 to 24, 29.7% from 25 to 44, 20.4% from 45 to 64, and 14.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 93.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.9 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $55,667, and the median income for a family was $65,465. Males had a median income of $37,098 versus $25,421 for females. The per capita income for the city was $19,781. 14.0% of the population and 10.5% of families were below the poverty line. 19.6% of those under the age of 18 and 8.0% of those 65 and older were living below the poverty line.

The agricultural implement industry was already in decline by the First World War, and the furniture industry was severely damaged by the Great Depression and the Second World War. By the end of the 1960s both were extinct in the city.

Starting as early as the 1990s Rockford has had the ignominious honor of being listed at times as one America’s worst cities by the Rand McNally corporation and Money magazine, sometimes being ranked one of the top ten worst cities. This may have been due to the lack of jobs and high number of outdated or closed factories. Crime on the west side of town was endemic, with huge areas of old established neighborhoods in extreme blight. The homicide rate in these areas was quite high. Many houses were vacant with no one wishing to buy them. The city government has developed many programs to attempt to address these problems and has seen some success. In 2005 Rockford received top honors in the America in Bloom contest with the award being 4 Blooms Tidiness.

The Rockford economy has suffered since the decline of the manufacturing industry in the late 1980s. Once a national leader in manufacturing and industry, the focus of the local economy has been forced to change. Many of the “family-owned” companies that once inhabited Rockford were bought out by larger companies, the larger companies then relocated the products being made to lower wage parts of the United States or sent them overseas altogether. The city’s new focus relies on high-technology businesses, tourism generated by outstanding museums and a great park system, and the westward growth of the Chicago metropolitan area. Since 2006 there seems to be upward growth in the city.

Illinois Cities with a population relative to Beloit, Wisconsin:

Addison Village, Algoquin Village, Alton City, Bartlett Village, Bativia City, Belleville City, Berwyn City, Buffalo Grove Village, Calumet City, Crystal Lake City, Danville City, DeKalb City, Downers Grove, Elmhurst, Galesburg city, Glenview, Lombard, Moline, Mount Prospect, Oak Lawn, Orland Park, Quincy

Highway 29 (Wiscconsin) (23)

Illinois Route 29

U.S. Route 29

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