Algonquin, Illinois

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Algonquin, Illinois

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). About 23,276 people live in Algonquin.

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.

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High Points

Algonquin strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Illinois):

Category Trophy
People in Middle Class or Better
(vs. Peers)
Top 1% trophy Algonquin People in Middle Class or Better
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. Peers)
Top 2% trophy Algonquin Low Rate of Poverty
College Educated Adults
(vs. State)
Top 10% Algonquin College Educated Adults
Median Family Income
(vs. Peers)
Top 10% Algonquin Median Family Income
Well-Paid Single Men
(vs. State)
Top 12% Algonquin Well-Paid Single Men
Well-Paid Single Women
(vs. State)
Top 14% Algonquin Well-Paid Single Women

Comparative Profile of Algonquin, Illinois

Comparing Algonquin to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Illinois (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Children Under 5 Years Old 10 10
Well-Paid Single Men 9 9
Male Share of the Population 9 8
Well-Paid Single Women 8 9
Racial Diversity 5 8
Age of the Population 3 2
Female Share of the Population 2 3
Senior Citizens 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 10 10
Average Household Size 10 10


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People in Middle Class or Better 10 10
People Above Poverty 10 10
Median Family Income 10 10
College Educated Adults 9 10

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Working at Home 9 9
Public Transportation Use 8 8
Walking and Biking to Work 1 2
Short Commute Times 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Housing Recently Built 10 10
Affordability of Rents 2 2
Affordability of Property Taxes 2 2
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 2 4
People Living Alone 1 1
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 1 2

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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

  • 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
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
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
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Algonquin Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 23,276 100%
Male 11,576 49.7%
Female 11,700 50.3%
Under 18 7,629 32.8%
18+ 15,647 67.2%
65+ 1,230 5.3%
Median Age 33.6
Average Family Size 3.38
White 21,939 94.3%
African-American 214 0.9%
Asian 546 2.3%
American Indian & Alaskan 24 0.1%
Other 280 1.2%
Mixed Race 270 1.2%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 948 4.1%

Estimated Algonquin Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 29,022
Growth 5,746
Growth % 24.7%

Algonquin Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
German 25.3%
Polish 14.5%
Irish 11.8%
Italian 9.5%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 8.2%
English 5.6%
Swedish 3.7%
Norwegian 3.1%
US/American 2.9%
French (except Basque) 1.5%
Czech 1.4%
Scottish 1.3%
Greek 1.1%
Dutch 1%
Scotch-Irish 0.9%
European 0.8%
Hungarian 0.8%
Ukrainian 0.6%
Czechoslovakian 0.6%
French Canadian 0.6%
British 0.5%
Danish 0.5%
Russian 0.5%
Austrian 0.4%
Welsh 0.4%
Belgian 0.3%
Lithuanian 0.3%
Canadian 0.3%
Northern European 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Algonquin 23,276 $84,437
Barrington Hills 3,915 $156,002
Carpentersville 30,586 $55,921
Cary 15,531 $82,568
Lake in the Hills 23,152 $76,921
Trout Valley 599 $102,603
West Dundee 5,428 $78,007

Algonquin Public Libraries

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(847) 458-6060
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Starbucks in Algonquin

(As of 2005)
1536 East Algonquin Road
Super Target Algonquin ST-1801
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Student/teacher ratio: 20.6

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