Buffalo Grove, Illinois

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Buffalo Grove, Illinois

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. As of the year 2000 census, 42,909 people lived in Buffalo Grove.

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.

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High Points

Buffalo Grove 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 Buffalo Grove People in Middle Class or Better
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. Peers)
Top 3% trophy Buffalo Grove Low Rate of Poverty
Median Family Income
(vs. Peers)
Top 5% trophy Buffalo Grove Median Family Income
College Educated Adults
(vs. Peers)
Top 6% Buffalo Grove College Educated Adults
Well-Paid Single Women
(vs. Peers)
Top 7% Buffalo Grove Well-Paid Single Women
Well-Paid Single Men
(vs. Peers)
Top 7% Buffalo Grove Well-Paid Single Men
Public Transportation Use
(vs. State)
Top 16% Buffalo Grove Public Transportation Use
Racial Diversity
(vs. State)
Top 17% Buffalo Grove Racial Diversity

Comparative Profile of Buffalo Grove, Illinois

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


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 10 9
Average Household Size 8 8


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 10 10

Commute & Sprawl

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


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 10 10
Housing Recently Built 9 10
People Living Alone 3 3
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 1 4
Affordability of Property Taxes 1 1
Affordability of Rents 1 1

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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

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
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
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
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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Buffalo Grove Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 42,909 100%
Male 20,750 48.4%
Female 22,159 51.6%
Under 18 12,404 28.9%
18+ 30,505 71.1%
65+ 3,883 9%
Median Age 37.4
Average Family Size 3.23
White 38,059 88.7%
African-American 325 0.8%
Asian 3,618 8.4%
American Indian & Alaskan 24 0.1%
Other 389 0.9%
Mixed Race 488 1.1%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 1,425 3.3%

Estimated Buffalo Grove Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 43,115
Growth 206
Growth % 0.5%

Buffalo Grove 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
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 20.9%
Russian 15.1%
German 12%
Polish 10.3%
Irish 6.8%
US/American 6.6%
Italian 5.1%
English 3.2%
Ukrainian 2.5%
European 1.5%
Swedish 1.4%
Eastern European 1.4%
Norwegian 1.4%
French (except Basque) 1%
Scottish 0.8%
Hungarian 0.8%
Dutch 0.8%
Greek 0.7%
Israeli 0.6%
Austrian 0.6%
Lithuanian 0.5%
Romanian 0.5%
Scotch-Irish 0.5%
French Canadian 0.5%
Czech 0.4%
Danish 0.3%
Czechoslovakian 0.3%
Iranian 0.3%
Canadian 0.3%
Serbian 0.2%
British 0.2%
Slovak 0.2%
Turkish 0.2%
South African 0.2%
Assyrian/Chaldean/Syriac 0.2%
Belgian 0.2%
Latvian 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Buffalo Grove 42,909 $92,583
Indian Creek 194 $90,723
Lincolnshire 6,108 $150,598
Long Grove 6,735 $153,996
Riverwoods 3,843 $166,076
Vernon Hills 20,120 $83,806
Wheeling 34,496 $63,088

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(As of 2005)
1665 N Buffalo Grove Rd
55 McHenry Road
770 South Buffalo Grove Road
450 Half Day Road
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Serves 2,190 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.9

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