A community with ties to the past and paving a road to the future


The Village of Lena is located in the western edge Stephenson County, halfway between the City of Rockford and the City of Galena in Northwest Illinois. U.S. Routes 20 and 73 meet one mile south of the Village.

The corporate limits of Lena encompasses roughly two (2) square miles.  Illinois Historic Stagecoach trail runs through the Village and Lake Le-Aqua-Na State Park lies 2.5 miles to the north.

The Village is elevated at approximately 948 feet and is located at approximately 42.38 North Latitude and 89.82 West Longitude

Population Characteristics-based on 2010 Census data

Total Population:     2,862


Median Age:               42.8

Male Population:      1,338

Female Population: 1,524


Employment Characteristics-based on 2010 Census data

Population 16 years and over-

In Civilian Labor Force: 1,337

Employed:                            1,257

Unemployed:                      7.7%

Mean Travel Time to Work: 20.6 minutes

Visit our economic development section of the web site to find out more about Lena’s workforce


Distance to Regional Metropolitan Areas

Chicago:          2.5 hours

Quad Cities:   2 hours

Madison:         1.5 hours

Rockford:       1 hour

Dubuque:        1 hour



Economic Characteristics-based on 2010 Census data

Income and Benefits in 2010 inflation adjusted dollars

Median Household Income: $47,339

Mean Household income:      $53,565

Median Family Income:          $55,461

Mean Family Income:              $62,187

Median Earnings for male Full-time, year round:   $48,471

Median earnings for female Full-time, year round:$30,263

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Housing Characteristics-based on 2010 Census data

Total Housing Units:                           1,283

Occupied Housing Units:                   1,195

Vacant Housing Units:                        88

Estimated Median House or condo value in 2009*:   $110,181

Median gross rent in 2009*:             $561

*Information taken from www.city-data.com


Stephenson County Tax Information Comparison

                                                     Freeport                 Lena

Property Tax:                        10.83210               9.72914

Sales Tax:                                 8.00 %                   6.75%

Food and  Beverage Tax:    1.25%                    0

Auto Renting Tax:                 1.00%                    0

Telecommunications Tax:  5.00%                   2.00%

Electrical Tax (Com-Ed):     2.00%                   0

Natural Gas Tax:                     .02 per therm     0