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Securing Janesville’s Future – Janesville Community Dashboard

The history of Janesville is one of expansion. By 1925, with the emergence of the auto industry as key to the region, Janesville had a population of 22,186. A century later, Janesville is home to companies that embrace new technologies and innovation across sectors to serve customers around the globe. The layout of Janesville, curved along the Rock River and dotted with public parks and spaces, has allowed the city to cultivate a strong economy and a good quality of life.

As Janesville looks to the future, our community must be deliberate in our actions to create outcomes that will make Janesville a city that retains our citizens and attracts newcomers. The Janesville Community Dashboard, supported by Forward Janesville and its private, public, and not for profit members, focuses on providing objective data and measurement along eight dimensions that can help focus our collective plans for moving our community forward.

Many of our partners support their own organizational dashboard. This dashboard is our community dashboard. The eight dimensions are: Community Dimensions; Strong Educational Foundation; Dependable and Skilled Workforce; Economic Growth and Opportunity; Healthy Living and Healthcare; Safe and Affordable Neighborhoods; Public Spaces and Amenities; and Strong Civic Bonds and Infrastructure.

Appreciation to the City of Janesville, the Janesville School District, Mercyhealth, Rock County, the Southwest Workforce Development Board, SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital, and the United Way Blackhawk Region, who helped with the development of this community resource project. For questions or comments about the dashboard, please contact Dan Cunningham at (608) 757-3160.

Community Dimensions

Total Population, City of Janesville

65,942

2021

+0.5% vs. 2020

The largest city in the Rock County region, Janesville has seen considerable growth over the last five years. Since 2016, Janesville's population has grown by 2.5%.

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Gross Domestic Product, Rock County

$6.7 B

2020

-2.2% vs. 2019

Real GDP is an inflation-adjusted measure of each metropolitan area's gross product that is based on national prices for the goods and services produced within the metropolitan area. Rock County’s GDP has risen 8% since 2017.

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Total Number of 'Part One' Crimes, Janesville

2,044

2021

-14.4% vs. 2020

Part 1 crimes include all violent crimes as well as property crimes. This metric shows Janesville's number of Part 1 Index Crimes per year per 100,000 of population, which has declined by over 39% since 2017.

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Community Perception, City of Janesville Residents

76% +

2021

In Janesville's 2021 Community Survey, 76% of respondents agreed with the statement “Janesville is a good place to live"

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Strong Educational Foundation

3rd Graders Reading at or Above Grade Level

51%

2021

-7% vs. 2019

The percentage of 3rd grade students reading at or above grade level has declined to 51% from its 2018 (56%) and 2019 (58%) percentages. The school district’s goal is for 90% of 3rd grade students to read at or above grade level. The Covid-19 pandemic had a significant effect on our educational systems; this may be reflected in the metrics in this data category.

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Janesville Grads Meeting Career Ready Indicators

84%

2019

+7% vs. 2018

To meet this criteria, a student must have A.) an identified career cluster and B.) two or more of the following: a 90% attendance rate, an industry credential, a workplace learning experience, dual credit in a career pathway, participation in co-curricular activities, and/or 25 hours of community service.

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Janesville High School Graduation Rate

90.4%

2021

+1.4% vs. 2020

Janesville’s graduation rate has increased gradually and steadily since 2017, including a 1.4% increase in 2021. The school district’s goal is to increase graduation rates by 1% per year and to reach 92% by the year 2022.

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Janesville School District DPI Overall Score

56.8

2021

-7.4 points vs. 2019

The WI Department of Public Instruction (DPI) produces report cards for every publicly funded school district. A district's score places it into one of five categories: Significantly Exceeds Expectations (score: 100 to 83), Exceeds Expectations (82.9 to 70), Meets Expectations (69.9 to 58), Meets Few Expectations (57.9 to 48), and Fails to Meet Expectations (47.9 and below).

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Dependable and Skilled Workforce

Average Monthly Unemployment Rate, Janesville-Beloit MSA

4.1%

2021

-2.7% vs. 2020

The average unemployment rate in the Janesville Beloit MSA decreased by 2.7% from 2020. The unemployment rate represents the number of unemployed people as a percentage of the labor force, and is calculated as: (unemployed ÷ labor force) x 100.

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Total Overall Civilian Labor Force, Janesville - Beloit MSA

86,855

2021

+891 workers vs. 2020

The Civilian Labor Force (the number of people who are either working or actively looking for work) in the Janesville-Beloit MSA increased by 891 workers from 2020. The labor force includes all people aged 16 and older who are classified as either employed or unemployed.

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Unique Job Postings, Rock County (Monthly Average, All Sectors)

6,663

2021

+2,779 postings vs. 2020

Rock County employers listed, on average, 2,779 more jobs per month in 2021 than they did in 2020. We list this metric in red because while a thriving community should have jobs for its citizens, it becomes a community negative if those jobs remain unfilled.

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Number of Unemployed People, Janesville-Beloit MSA (Monthly Average)

3,864

2021

-2,271 people vs. 2020

This metric represents the average monthly number of unemployed people in the Janesville-Beloit MSA. The monthly average number of unemployed people in the area dropped by 2,271 from 2020 to 2021.

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Economic Growth & Opportunity

Net New Construction %, Janesville

1.68%

2021

+0.72% vs. 2020

Cities use the percentage of net new construction (NNC) as a valuation factor in determining the allowable tax levy. To determine the allowable tax levy increase, a city divides the net new construction dollars by its equalized assessed value (EAV) to calculate the percentage the levy may increase.

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Median Household Income, Rock County

$66,138

2020

+$4,514 vs. 2019

Rock County’s Median Household Income has seen big jumps, rising by $14,565 since 2016 and $4,514 in the last year alone. Household income includes income of the householder and all other people 15 years and older in the household, whether or not they are related to the householder.

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New County Business Applications

1,253

2020

+277 apps vs. 2019

Rock County saw the number of business applications jump by 277 from 2019 to 2020. The U.S. Census Bureau measures business initiation activity by applications for an Employer Identification Number (EIN) on IRS Form SS-4.

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Commercial Permits Issued by Year, Janesville

150

2021

+16 permits vs. 2020

Janesville saw a 11.9% increase in the number of commercial permits issued in 2021. This metric represents a combination of the two types of commercial permits: addition/remodel permits issued for improvements to existing properties, and commercial permits issued for new construction projects.

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Healthy Living & Healthcare

Health Outcomes Overall Rank, Rock County

62 of 72

2021

-2 spots vs. 2017

This ranking means that Rock County was the 10th unhealthiest WI county in 2021. This metric takes dozens of factors into account, including length and quality of life, health behaviors, clinical care, and physical environment. Metrics like this will show lagging progress; in some cases, it might take a decade or more to show any meaningful gains.

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Adult Obesity Percentage, Rock County

37%

2021

+1% vs. 2020

Rock County’s adult obesity percentage increased by 1% from 2020 to 2021. These figures represent the percentage of the adult population (age 20 and older) that reports a body mass index (BMI) greater than or equal to 30.

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Total Life Expectancy, Rock County

78.2 Yrs

2021

+0.1 years vs. 2020

Life expectancy in Rock County rose by 0.1 years in 2021, and is significantly higher than the national average (76.6 years in 2021).

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% of Citizens in Poor/Fair Health, Rock County

17%

2021

+2% vs. 2020

The percentage of Rock County citizens who self-report being in poor or fair health rose by 2% in 2021. Self-reported health status is a widely used measure of people’s health-related quality of life.

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Safe & Affordable Neighborhoods

Median Home Listing Price, Janesville - Beloit MSA

$234,150

2021

+$3,254 vs. 2020

The median home listing price in the Janesville-Beloit MSA has risen by $3,254 since 2020, and by $66,503 since 2017. The median price is in the middle of a data set, with half of the houses priced below and half priced above.

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Rent or Mortgage Burdened Households, Rock County

27.2%

2020

-0.1% vs. 2019

The percentage of county households that are considered mortgage or rent burdened, defined as households that spend 30% or more of their income on housing, has decreased steadily and significantly since 2016 (-2.9%).

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Total Residential Building Permits Issued, City of Janesville

146

2021

+41 permits vs. 2020

The city has seen a steady increase in the number of building permits issued since 2018, when 82 permits were issued. This metric represents residential building permits issued for new construction projects.

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Community Satisfaction with the Janesville Police Department's Performance

78% +

2021

When Janesville citizens were asked “How would you rate your satisfaction with the performance of the City of Janesville Police Department?” in the 2021 Janesville Community Survey, 78% responded "satisfied."

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Public Spaces & Amenities

Acres of Parkland per 1,000, Janesville

39.8

2020

4X the nat'l avg. vs. 2020

This metric is calculated by dividing the total number of city park acres by the population and multiplying by 1,000. According to the National Park and Recreation Association, the average American city has 9.9 acres of park land for every 1,000 residents. This metric has shrunk over time, as our population has increased while park acreage remains static.

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Number of Trees Planted by Year, Janesville

46 Trees

2021

-49 vs. 2020

The number of trees planted per year has fluctuated significantly over the last five years. This metric is listed in red to show a decline in the number of trees planted in 2021 vs. 2020, but we believe the fact that the city keeps track of this metric demonstrates their commitment to environmental sustainability.

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City Recreation Program Participants

170,000

2021

+68,000 people vs. 2020

This metric measures the total number of people participating in the City of Janesville's recreation programs. Although the COVID-19 pandemic greatly impacted recreation programing in 2020 and early 2021, participation levels are beginning to rise to normal levels.

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Total Tourism Spending, City of Janesville

$141 M

2021

+$31 million vs. 2020

Tourism spending was significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, but rebounded to near pre-pandemic levels in 2021. This metric measures spending on accommodations, food and beverage, retail, entertainment and recreation, and local transportation.

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Strong Civic Bonds & Infrastructure

Spring Voter Participation Rate

21.3%

2021

-17.6% vs. 2020

Janesville’s voter participation rate in spring elections has fluctuated over the last five years. The five-year average spring election voter turnout percentage is 26.2%.

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Fall Voter Participation Rate

83.7%

2020

+7.4% vs. 2018

Janesville saw record-high turnout in the 2020 November election. The five-year fall election voter turnout percentage is 75.4%.

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Miles of City Streets Rehabilitated

12.7 Miles

2021

+0.6 miles vs. 2020

The City of Janesville has increased the miles of city streets resurfaced or reconstructed per year since 2014. The City’s goal is to resurface or reconstruct 12 miles of streets annually. The City owns and maintains over 330 miles of paved streets.

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Avg. PASER Rating, Janesville Streets

5.98

2021

-0.01 points vs. 2019

The PASER (Pavement Surface Evaluation and Rating) scale is used to rate the condition of road pavement using a rating system ranging from 10 (excellent) to 1 (failed road condition).

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