About Rock County

SHINE is proud to call Janesville, Wisconsin home.  Known as Wisconsin’s Park Place, Janesville is a thriving community boasting 64 City parks in its 2,590 acre system.  At the heart of South Central Wisconsin, on the Wisconsin/Illinois border, Rock County is Wisconsin’s Front Porch. Its central location makes it a short drive from Chicago and Rockford, Illinois, as well as Milwaukee and Madison, Wisconsin. Whether looking for that fresh start or an opportunity to come back home, consider working for SHINE in Janesville, Rock County, Wisconsin.


Janesville, Wisconsin | Rock County - Wisconsin's Front PorchWith deep connections between agriculture and industry, Rock County has a solid reputation for being an area where individuals can grow companies and families alike. While “forged on the Rock” connections can be found throughout the county, new faces and fresh ideas are welcomed and continue to shape the area’s economic, environmental, and social landscapes.

Excellent educational and nationally recognized healthcare institutions provide variety and choice without the compromise of quality. A variety of local and regional events and activities keeps residents and visitors entertained year-round. These include, but are not limited to: the performing arts, collegiate and professional athletics, cultural or seasonal festivals, open space and recreation, and places of historical significance.


Janesville, Wisconsin | Rock County - Wisconsin's Front PorchWhether you are a first-time home buyer, an empty nester looking to downsize into a condominium, a growing family looking to up-size, an executive needing a larger indoor/ outdoor space for entertaining, a young professional looking for a unique downtown space close to the entertainment district, or a family working through a transitional phase, Rock County offers a variety of housing options to meet a number of needs.

With housing and rental rates considerably lower than national or regional averages, your discretionary spending account has the potential to experience a healthier balance when you live in Rock County. The Council for Community and Economic Research is only part of the story, as Rock County’s housing options range from historic districts to contemporary subdivisions, from traditional downtown lofts to fairway condominiums, and from waterfront estates to conveniently located apartment complexes.

Standard amenities you’ll find throughout the county’s housing portfolio include pedestrian-friendly and safe neighborhoods, high-speed internet infrastructure, compatible land uses, and connections to recreational offerings.


Janesville, Wisconsin | Rock County - Wisconsin's Front PorchRock County is home to eight K-12 public school districts that provide quality education for the area’s youth with an emphasis on academics, as well as community service.

In addition to its public schools, a strong network of academy, charter, internet-based and parochial schools are available. Rock County is also home to the Wisconsin Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired.

When it comes to higher education, the area is fortunate to have a diverse selection of local and regional offerings. Beloit College, Wisconsin’s oldest four-year liberal arts college located in downtown Beloit, plays a pivotal role in many business and community initiatives. Its academic reputation attracts students from across the globe.

A two-year degree option is available at the University of Wisconsin-Rock County, part of the campus network that feeds into the nationally recognized University of Wisconsin System. Recently, a select number of four-year degree offerings have been added as demand for those degrees has increased. Another two-year option, Blackhawk Technical College, provides demand- driven certifications, associate degrees, and customized job-specific training for area employers and their employees.

A location that SHINEs

With Interstates 39/90 and 43 providing easy access to nearby Chicago and Milwaukee, Rock County scores high on the affordability scale — and without sacrificing important quality of life standards. The types of offerings you can enjoy by living or working in the Rock County region include top-notch educational and healthcare services, safe pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods, recognized global and industry-leading firms, direct connectivity to international flight providers, acclaimed performing arts, Big 10 and professional sporting events, and places of historical significance.

Rock County offers a more casually paced lifestyle, yet maintains a unique level of sophistication and modernity. It is an ideal community where individuals come to start fresh, to transition into life’s next phases, or to reconnect with cherished childhood memories. It’s a place where our people spend less time stressing … and more time living.

To learn more about the Janesville community, visit the City of Janesville or the Janesville Convention and Visitors Bureau.

To learn about what Rock County has to offer, visit Consider Rock County, download the Consider Rock County brochure, or visit Rock County Tourism.  Consider other opportunities in Rock County at Jobs in Rock County.

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