Barrington, Illinois

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Barrington, Illinois

Introduction to Barrington, Illinois

Barrington, Illinois, in Lake county, is 8 miles NW of Palatine, Illinois, and 35 miles NW of Chicago, Illinois. The village is considered part of the Chicago metropolitan area. Barrington has a population of 10,168.

Barrington History

Robert Campbell, a civil engineer working for the Fond du Lac line, purchased a farm two miles northwest of Deer Grove in the mid 1800s. He platted a community there in 1854. He later named this community Barrington, after the town of Great Barrington, Massachusetts, the original home of a number of farmers living in the area.

Barrington and nearby Attractions

  • Thunderbird Country Club
  • Barrington Area Historical Society
  • Health World Children's Museum
  • Lake Louise
  • Evergreen Cemetery
  • Langendorf Park

Things To Do In Barrington

Thunderbird Country Club provides some great recreational facilities to visitors. Barrington Area Historical Society and the Health World Children's Museum are well-known for their cultural attractions. North Side Park, Ron Beese Park and Langendorf Park all offer recreational facilities.

Barrington Transportation

Chicago O'Hare International Airport provides air transportation facilities to residents of Barrington.

Barrington Higher Education

William Rainey Harper College, McHenry County College and the College of Lake County provide higher education to the people of Barrington.

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High Points

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

Category Trophy
Well-Paid Single Women
(vs. Peers)
Top 3% trophy Barrington Well-Paid Single Women
Well-Paid Single Men
(vs. Peers)
Top 4% trophy Barrington Well-Paid Single Men
College Educated Adults
(vs. Peers)
Top 5% trophy Barrington College Educated Adults
Median Family Income
(vs. Peers)
Top 5% trophy Barrington Median Family Income
Public Transportation Use
(vs. Peers)
Top 7% Barrington Public Transportation Use
People in Middle Class or Better
(vs. Peers)
Top 9% Barrington People in Middle Class or Better
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. Peers)
Top 12% Barrington Low Rate of Poverty

Comparative Profile of Barrington, Illinois

Comparing Barrington 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
Well-Paid Single Women 10 10
Well-Paid Single Men 10 10
Children Under 5 Years Old 8 8
Age of the Population 7 7
Female Share of the Population 7 7
Racial Diversity 4 7
Senior Citizens 4 4
Male Share of the Population 4 4


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 9 9
Average Household Size 8 8


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

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Working at Home 10 10
Public Transportation Use 10 10
Walking and Biking to Work 7 8
Short Commute Times 2 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Housing Recently Built 5 7
People Living Alone 4 4
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 3 6
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 3 5
Affordability of Property Taxes 2 1
Affordability of Rents 2 1

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Barrington Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 8 miles NW of Palatine, Illinois (center to center)
Nearest Large City 35 miles NW of Chicago, Illinois
County Lake
Standard Zip Codes 60010
P.O. Box Zip Codes 60011
Phone Area Codes 847
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.19
Longitude -88.17

Barrington Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 5.1 miles
Jan Temp 10 to 27 F
Apr Temp 36 to 57 F
Jul Temp 62 to 82 F
Oct Temp 39 to 61 F
Annual Precip 36.5 inches
Station ELGIN
Distance 10.3 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 17.6 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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Barrington Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 10,168 100%
Male 4,829 47.5%
Female 5,339 52.5%
Under 18 3,036 29.9%
18+ 7,132 70.1%
65+ 1,287 12.7%
Median Age 38.6
Average Family Size 3.2
White 9,778 96.2%
African-American 63 0.6%
Asian 203 2%
American Indian & Alaskan 13 0.1%
Other 32 0.3%
Mixed Race 78 0.8%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 237 2.3%

Estimated Barrington Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 10,179
Growth 11
Growth % 0.1%

Barrington 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 21.2%
Irish 17.7%
English 8.4%
Italian 7.4%
Polish 7.2%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 6.8%
US/American 5.7%
Swedish 3.9%
Scottish 2.3%
Norwegian 1.9%
Russian 1.7%
Greek 1.7%
European 1.5%
French Canadian 1.4%
French (except Basque) 1.2%
Dutch 0.8%
Czech 0.8%
Scotch-Irish 0.8%
Welsh 0.8%
British 0.7%
Swiss 0.6%
Scandinavian 0.6%
Danish 0.5%
Ukrainian 0.5%
Canadian 0.4%
Portuguese 0.4%
Finnish 0.3%
Slovene 0.3%
Austrian 0.3%
Northern European 0.3%
Lithuanian 0.3%
Belgian 0.2%
Yugoslavian 0.2%
Arab/Arabic 0.2%
Czechoslovakian 0.2%
Croatian 0.2%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Barrington, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Hoffman Est (60010)
Lake Barrington Shores (60010)
Port Barrington (60010)
Timber Lake (60010)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Barrington 10,168 $102,120
Fox River Grove 4,862 $78,847
Fox River Valley Gardens 788 $88,700
Lake Barrington 4,757 $122,473
North Barrington 2,918 $152,474
South Barrington 3,760 $174,318
Tower Lakes 1,310 $139,764

Barrington Public Libraries

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(847) 382-1300

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Barrington Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
(847) 381-9600
Emergency Service: Yes

Starbucks in Barrington

(As of 2005)
Barrington II
125 South Hough Street
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Barrington High Schools (2004)

Serves 2,659 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.9

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