Belvidere, Illinois

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Belvidere pronounced /ˈbɛlvɨdɪər/ is a city in Boone County, Illinois, United States. The population was 20,820 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Boone County[1]. 2005 population estimates show a large increase, as the population rose to 24,593.

Belvidere is part of the Rockford, Illinois Metropolitan Statistical Area.



Belvidere is located at 42°15′17″N 88°50′39″W / 42.25472°N 88.84417°W / 42.25472; -88.84417 (42.254758, -88.844093)[2], and sits at an altitude that is approximately 800 feet (240 m) above sea level. Located in north central Illinois, Belvidere is approximately 75 miles (121 km) northwest of the downtown of Chicago, and approximately 12 miles (19 km) east of Rockford. Belvidere is divided by the Kishwaukee River.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 9.1 square miles (23.6 km²), of which, 9.1 square miles (23.5 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (0.55%) is water.

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