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Overview

Introduction to Buffalo Grove, Illinois

Buffalo Grove, Illinois, in Lake county, is 5 miles NE of Palatine, Illinois (center to center) and 26 miles NW of Chicago, Illinois. The village is included in the Chicago metropolitan area.

Buffalo Grove History

Buffalo Grove was first settled in after the Treaty of Chicago was signed in 1833. The early settlers arrived around 1834. The place was named Buffalo Grove after a large number of buffalo bones were discovered in this area. A number of dairy farms and cheese producers flourished in Buffalo Grove throughout the first half of the 1900s. On March 7, 1958, the area was incorporated as a village. A free-standing post office was established in Buffalo Grove by the United States Postal Service in 1992.

Buffalo Grove and nearby Attractions

  • Raupp Memorial Museum
  • Deerfield Historic Village
  • Six Flags Great America
  • Santa's Village - Illinois
  • Friendship Park Conservator
  • Volo Bog State Natural Area

Things To Do In Buffalo Grove

While staying in Buffalo Grove you can visit the Raupp Memorial Museum. Also worth visiting are the Emmerich Park, Greenfield Park, Winfield Park, Prairie Park, Lions Park, and Old Farm Park. You can enjoy shopping at the Plaza Verde Shopping Center, Dundee Point Shopping Center, Country Court Shopping Center, and Chase Plaza Shopping Center. You can also enjoy a day trip to the theme park called Six Flags Great America.

Buffalo Grove Transportation

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

Buffalo Grove Higher Education

Trinity International University, Oakton Community College, and William Rainey Harper College are some of the nearby colleges and universities.

People

Total Population 41,591
Male Share of the Population 48.8%
Female Share of the Population 51.2%
Senior Citizens 13.4%
Employed Population 16+ 22,500
Age of the Population 43

Families

% of people married 62.9%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 64.3%
Median Earnings25+ $60,777
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $22,574
Median Earnings With High School Degree $35,375

Wealth

Median Family Income $116,579
% Above Poverty Level 95.7%
% Below Poverty Level 4.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 29 minutes
% Working from Home 5.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.7%
% Using Public Transportation 5%

Housing

People Living Alone 23.5%
Median Gross Rent $1,354
Median House Value $294,500

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 31.3%
US/American 0.3%
English 4.4%
Irish 6.9%

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

Buffalo Grove Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 5 miles NE of Palatine, Illinois (center to center)
Nearest Large City 26 miles NW of Chicago, Illinois
County Lake
Standard Zip Codes 60089
Phone Area Codes 847
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.17
Longitude -87.96

Buffalo Grove 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 CHICAGO BOTANICAL GARDEN
Distance 9.4 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 30 F
Apr Temp 37 to 56 F
Jul Temp 63 to 83 F
Oct Temp 42 to 63 F
Annual Precip 36.8 inches
Station WAUKEGAN
Distance 13.1 miles
Jan Temp 12 to 29 F
Apr Temp 36 to 55 F
Jul Temp 61 to 82 F
Oct Temp 41 to 62 F
Annual Precip 34 inches
Station LAKE VILLA 2 NE
Distance 19 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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Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

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BUFFALO GROVE HIGH SCHOOL
1100 W DUNDEE RD
847-718-4000
Serves 2,190 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.9

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