A mid-sized city of 60,000 people, Janesville residents enjoy their beautiful, family-oriented community for its excellent schools and abundant recreational opportunities. Residents enjoy a plentiful array of golfing, hiking, snowmobiling, cross country skiing, and other outdoor activities. Janesville was settled in 1836 after Henry Janes traveled to the area. Proud of their heritage, Janesville’s residents have shown great dedication to the restoration of the city’s early buildings and homes. Of particular interest is the Look West Historic District, an early neighborhood with connections to the city’s rail and manufacturing history. Janesville is home to an extension center of the University of Wisconsin and to Blackhawk Technical College, one of the state’s leading technical colleges. Janesville is located 45 minutes south of Madison and 90 minutes from Chicago.