Loves Park is a city in Boone and Winnebago counties in the U.S. state of Illinois. The population was 23,996 at the 2010 census, up from 20,044 in 2000.
Loves Park is part of the Rockford, Illinois, Metropolitan Statistical Area.
Malcolm Love, an industrialist in Rockford, Illinois, purchased 236 acres of land in this area in 1901 and set up a gathering place that came to be known as Love's Park. The city of Loves Park was incorporated in 1947.
Loves Park is located at 42°19′34″N 89°1′33″W (42.326227, -89.025739).
According to the 2010 census, Loves Park has a total area of 16.446 square miles (42.59 km2), of which 16.03 square miles (41.52 km2) (or 97.47%) is land and 0.416 square miles (1.08 km2) (or 2.53%) is water.
At the 2000 census there were 20,044 people, 8,144 households, and 5,399 families living in the city. The population density was 1,387.2 people per square mile (535.6/km2). There were 8,452 housing units at an average density of 584.9 per square mile (225.8/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 92.89% White, 2.33% African American, 0.21% Native American, 1.81% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 1.13% from other races, and 1.60% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.27%.
Of the 8,144 households 33.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.6% were married couples living together, 10.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.7% were non-families; 27.3% of households were one person and 9.6% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.44 and the average family size was 2.99.