Batavia, Illinois

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Batavia, Illinois

Introduction to Batavia, Illinois

Batavia, Illinois, in Kane county, is 7 miles N of Aurora, Illinois (center to center) and 34 miles W of Chicago, Illinois. The city is in the Chicago area. There are 23,866 residents in Batavia.

Batavia History

Batavia was first settled in 1833. Christopher Payne was one of its early settlers. At that time, the area was known as the "Head of Big Woods". Judge Isaac Wilson renamed the area Batavia, after his native land in New York. Though there were several windmill factories and farms in Batavia, the Newton Wagon Company was the first large factory built in this area in 1854.

Batavia and nearby Attractions

  • Batavia Depot Museum
  • Fabyan Forest Preserve
  • DuPage Children's Museum
  • Ferson Creek Fen Nature Preserve
  • Fox River Trolley Museum
  • Hollywood Casino Aurora

Things To Do In Batavia

Batavia offers a number of recreational facilities for its residents and visitors. The Big Woods Park, Prairie Lathem Park, Highlands Park, Engstrom Park, Vanburen Park, and Quarry Park are some of the local parks. The Holy Cross Church and the amusement park, at the Funway Ultimate Entertainment Center, are worth visiting. The Braeburn Marsh County Forest Preserve offers several scenic trails.

Batavia Transportation

International air transportation is available from Chicago O’Hare International Airport.

Batavia Higher Education

Opportunities for higher education are offered by Waubonsee Community College, Wheaton College, College of Dupage, North Central College, Lewis University, Benedictine University, and Elgin Community College.

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High Points

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

Category Trophy
College Educated Adults
(vs. State)
Top 8% Batavia College Educated Adults
Well-Paid Single Women
(vs. State)
Top 10% Batavia Well-Paid Single Women
People in Middle Class or Better
(vs. Peers)
Top 11% Batavia People in Middle Class or Better
Median Family Income
(vs. Peers)
Top 11% Batavia Median Family Income
Well-Paid Single Men
(vs. Peers)
Top 12% Batavia Well-Paid Single Men
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. Peers)
Top 16% Batavia Low Rate of Poverty

Comparative Profile of Batavia, Illinois

Comparing Batavia 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 Men 9 10
Well-Paid Single Women 9 10
Children Under 5 Years Old 8 8
Male Share of the Population 7 6
Racial Diversity 6 8
Age of the Population 5 4
Female Share of the Population 4 5
Senior Citizens 3 2


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


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

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Working at Home 9 9
Public Transportation Use 8 8
Walking and Biking to Work 7 8
Short Commute Times 3 4


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Housing Recently Built 9 9
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 5 8
People Living Alone 3 3
Affordability of Rents 2 2
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 2 4
Affordability of Property Taxes 2 1

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Batavia Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 7 miles N of Aurora, Illinois (center to center)
Nearest Large City 34 miles W of Chicago, Illinois
County Kane
Standard Zip Codes 60510, 60539
Phone Area Codes 630
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.861
Longitude -88.312

Batavia Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Station AURORA
Distance 6.5 miles
Jan Temp 11 to 29 F
Apr Temp 36 to 59 F
Jul Temp 61 to 84 F
Oct Temp 38 to 63 F
Annual Precip 38.3 inches
Station WHEATON 3 SE
Distance 13 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 32 F
Apr Temp 38 to 63 F
Jul Temp 63 to 87 F
Oct Temp 42 to 67 F
Annual Precip 37.9 inches
Distance 30.7 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
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Batavia Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 23,866 100%
Male 11,617 48.7%
Female 12,249 51.3%
Under 18 7,474 31.3%
18+ 16,392 68.7%
65+ 2,366 9.9%
Median Age 35.9
Average Family Size 3.27
White 22,245 93.2%
African-American 577 2.4%
Asian 321 1.3%
American Indian & Alaskan 26 0.1%
Other 364 1.5%
Mixed Race 332 1.4%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 1,257 5.3%

Estimated Batavia Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 27,172
Growth 3,306
Growth % 13.9%

Batavia 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 25.5%
Irish 13.2%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 11.1%
Italian 7.7%
English 6.9%
Swedish 6.6%
Polish 6.3%
US/American 3.5%
Norwegian 2.4%
Scottish 1.6%
Scotch-Irish 1.2%
French (except Basque) 1.2%
European 1.2%
Russian 1.1%
Czech 1%
Dutch 1%
French Canadian 0.8%
British 0.7%
Greek 0.7%
Austrian 0.6%
Danish 0.6%
Hungarian 0.6%
Lithuanian 0.5%
Welsh 0.5%
Slovak 0.4%
Slovene 0.4%
Romanian 0.3%
Scandinavian 0.3%
Swiss 0.3%
Canadian 0.2%
African 0.2%
Belgian 0.2%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Mooseheart (60539)

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)
Batavia 23,866 $81,689
Aurora 142,990 $61,113
Geneva 19,515 $88,852
North Aurora 10,585 $70,780
St. Charles 27,896 $82,828
Wayne 2,137 $124,571
West Chicago 23,469 $65,744

Batavia Public Libraries

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1200 W MAIN ST
Serves 1,712 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.8

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Laurelwood Park between 1880 and 1899

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