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Overview

Introduction to Algonquin, Illinois

Algonquin, Illinois, in McHenry county, is 8 miles N of Elgin, Illinois (center to center) and 39 miles NW of Chicago, Illinois. The village is part of the Chicago metropolitan statistical area (MSA).

Algonquin History

The Potawatomi Native Americans were the original inhabitants of the modern day village of Algonquin. Samuel Gillilan was the first white settler of the area. He visited Algonquin in 1834. The other early settlers were Dr. Plumleigh, William Jackson, Eli Henderson, Dr. Cornish, and Alex Dawson. The area was officially named Algonquin on December 23, 1847. Algonquin was incorporated as a village on February 25, 1890, and the original village hall was built on January 31, 1907. The new village hall was constructed in 1996.

Algonquin and nearby Attractions

  • Buffalo Park
  • Santa's Village - Illinois
  • Racing Rapids Water Park
  • Dundee Township Historical Society Museum
  • Fox River Trolley Museum

Things To Do In Algonquin

There are several restaurants and shops in the downtown area of Algonquin near Fox River. Snowboarding and skiing can be enjoyed at the Raging Buffalo Snowboard Ski Park. Golf enthusiasts can spend their leisure hours at the Golf Club of Illinois and Terrace Hill Golf Course. The Riverfront Park, Hill Climb Park, Towne Park, Kelliher Park, Cornish Park, and Ted Spella Park are also worth visiting. Fishing and boating can be enjoyed on the Manchester Lakes and Algonquin Lakes.

Algonquin Transportation

Chicago O’Hare International Airport is a few minutes driving distance away.

Algonquin Higher Education

McHenry County College, William Rainey Harper College, and Elgin Community College offer facilities for higher education.

People

Total Population 30,278
Male Share of the Population 49.2%
Female Share of the Population 50.8%
Senior Citizens 9.7%
Employed Population 16+ 15,881
Age of the Population 40

Families

% of people married 61.7%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 44.3%
Median Earnings25+ $55,587
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $36,169
Median Earnings With High School Degree $39,718

Wealth

Median Family Income $112,724
% Above Poverty Level 96.9%
% Below Poverty Level 3.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 38 minutes
% Working from Home 6.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.8%
% Using Public Transportation 3.5%

Housing

People Living Alone 15.8%
Median Gross Rent $1,453
Median House Value $238,800

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 16.8%
US/American 0%
English 6.5%
Irish 15.4%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Algonquin Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 8 miles N of Elgin, Illinois (center to center)
Nearest Large City 39 miles NW of Chicago, Illinois
County McHenry
Standard Zip Codes 60102, 60156
Phone Area Codes 847
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.165
Longitude -88.294

Algonquin Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station ELGIN
Distance 6.9 miles
Jan Temp 11 to 28 F
Apr Temp 36 to 58 F
Jul Temp 62 to 83 F
Oct Temp 40 to 62 F
Annual Precip 37.2 inches
Station MARENGO
Distance 16.7 miles
Jan Temp 11 to 28 F
Apr Temp 37 to 59 F
Jul Temp 62 to 85 F
Oct Temp 39 to 63 F
Annual Precip 36.4 inches
Station LAKE VILLA 2 NE
Distance 21.9 miles
Jan Temp 12 to 28 F
Apr Temp 36 to 56 F
Jul Temp 62 to 82 F
Oct Temp 42 to 60 F
Annual Precip 35.5 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Barrington Hills 3,370 $134,310
Carpentersville 38,264 $58,750
Cary 18,038 $106,545

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Algonquin Public Libraries

Library
Algonquin Area P.l.d.
2600 HARNISH DR.
Algonquin, Illinois
(847) 458-6060
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Algonquin High Schools

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847-658-2500
Serves 2,009 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20.6

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