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Welcome to Galena ...

The city of Galena is located in Jo Daviess County and is the County Seat for Jo Daviess County.

The location of Galena has been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (ie- the GNIS).<1>

The pronunciation of Galena: guh-LEE-nuh<2>

When the people of Galena refer to themselves (known as a demonym), they frequently use Galenian<3>

From the  Census Estimates for 2018, Galena has a population of 3,183 people<4> (see below for details).

Galena is 680 feet [207 m] above sea level.<5>.

Time Zone: Galena lies in the Central Time Zone (CST/CDT) and observes daylight saving time

Telephone area codes for Galena: (815) & (779)<6>

The ZIP code for Galena: 61036<7>

Population Details ...

At the time of the 2010 Census, Galena had a population of 3,429 people (which is 15.12% of the total population of Jo Daviess County). This makes Galena the county's most populous community.

The population of Galena represents 0.03% of the population of Illinois (which has 12,830,632 people), making it the state's 404th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 3,429 people, the population of Galena has remained roughly the same as the 2000 Census (which had a count of 3,460 people).

Taken from the 2018 Census Estimates, Galena had an population of 3,183 people. This is a decrease of 7.17% since the 2010 Census (or a decrease of 8.01% since the 2000 Census).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Galena.

Communities Also Named Galena ...

Using our Gazetteer, we have found that there are 25 communities that are also named Galena - they are located in Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, British Columbia, Colorado (2), Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada (3), New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Virginia (2) and Washington.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Galena.

Websites for Galena ...

Official Website:

Chamber of Commerce:

Our Genealogy Helper Page ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

  • We have a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Galena. If available, we provide a satellite view of the cemetery.
  • Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Galena. Our list includes information such as whether the community had a post office or railroad service in 1895.
  • We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Galena. Our list includes 42 papers.

These sections can be found on our Genealogy Helper Page for Galena:

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Galena ...

Looking for more information about Galena? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Galena, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Galena.

Communities near Galena ...

A sample of nearby communities can be found below.

Dubuque   [Map]

Lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<8> to the Northwest (NW) of Galena

Located in Dubuque County (IA)

Asbury   [Map]

Lies 18 miles [29 km] to the West (W) of Galena

Located in Dubuque County (IA)

Bellevue   [Map]

Lies 11 miles [17.7 km] to the South (S) of Galena

Located in Jackson County (IA)

Town of Jamestown   [Map]

Lies 12 miles [19.3 km] to the Northwest (NW) of Galena

Located in Grant County (WI)

Cuba City   [Map]

Lies 12 miles [19.3 km] to the North (N) of Galena

Located in Grant County (WI)

East Dubuque   [Map]

Lies 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Northwest (NW) of Galena

Hazel Green   [Map]

Lies 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North (N) of Galena

Located in Grant County (WI)

Shullsburg   [Map]

Lies 14 miles [22.5 km] to the Northeast (NE) of Galena

Located in Lafayette County (WI)

Town of Hazel Green   [Map]

Lies 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North (N) of Galena

Located in Grant County (WI)

Dickeyville   [Map]

Lies 16 miles [25.7 km] to the Northwest (NW) of Galena

Located in Grant County (WI)

To learn more about neighboring communities and counties, please visit the Nearby Page for Galena.

Other Roadside Stops ...

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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The official website for Jo Daviess County:

The official website for State of Illinois:

Footnotes ...

<1>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<2>The pronunciation we've provided is our attempt to give a phonetic pronunciation for Galena. While it might not be exactly right, hopefully it will be close. If we have it wrong or there's a better way to pronounce the name, please contact us through our Feedback Page.
<3>A demonym is the name for a resident of a community which is usually derived from (or is related to) the name of that community. In other words, it's how the residents of Galena refer to themselves. It's important to note that there aren't any rules for taking a city's name and turning it into a demonym. A demonym is informal and while the majority of Galena may use one name, keep in mind that others may use something different.
<4>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Galena.
<5>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Galena - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<6>Area code (779) is an overlay for area code (815).
<7>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a city (such as Galena). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Galena or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).
<8>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Galena) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Galena. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Galena

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Galena. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 42.4212, Longitude: -90.4300     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Galena have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).






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