Located in southern Wisconsin, Janesville is the county seat and largest city in Rock County. Its central location makes Janesville a short drive from the metropolitan areas of Chicago and Rockford, Illinois, as well as Milwaukee and Madison, Wisconsin. The city has a population of approximately 63,575. The city limits include about 27.94 square miles or 17,888 acres of land. With more than 2,500 acres of parks and open spaces, Janesville is known as "Wisconsin's Park Place." Janesville's many parks, trails, recreation facilities and location along the Rock River offer year-round recreation activities that include boating, swimming, golfing, and water and cross-county skiing. According to a City of Janesville satisfaction survey of local residents, 93% of Janesville residents rated their quality of life as good or very good. When asked what they most liked about living here, residents said that Janesville was clean, beautiful and had great parks. They also described Janesville as friendly, peaceful and safe. The Rock County Wisconsin Development Alliance reports that the Janesville area scores high on the affordability scale — without sacrificing important quality of life standards. The types of offerings you can enjoy by living or working in the region include top-notch educational and healthcare services; safe, pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods; recognized global and industry-leading firms; and direct connectivity to international flight providers, acclaimed performing arts, Big 10 and professional sporting events, and places of historical significance.