Freeport is the county seat of Stephenson County and the largest community in the county, Freeport was originally known as Winneshiek. Now nicknamed "Pretzel City" due to the large number of German brewers and bakers it had, Freeport was the location of a Lincoln-Douglas debate, famous for the "Freeport Doctrine".
Freeport is located in the heart of northwest Illinois, 30 miles west of Rockford, 15 miles south of the Wisconsin border and 65 miles from Dubuque, IA.
This report uses data from the American Community Survey (ACS), conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau. Unlike the Census—which is an exact count of people and households every ten years—ACS statistics are estimated based on a representative survey sample.