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Overview

Introduction to Cary, Illinois

Cary, Illinois, in McHenry county, is 12 miles N of Elgin, Illinois and 38 miles NW of Chicago, Illinois. The village is conveniently located inside the Chicago metropolitan area. There are an estimated 15,531 people in Cary.

Cary History

The Village of Cary was founded by William Cary in 1841. He initially purchased 82 acres of land in this area. In 1841, he discovered a substantial layer of gravel while digging a toilet. He went on to buy 80 more acres of land in 1844 and was instrumental in the development of commercial gravel pits in the region.

Cary and nearby Attractions

  • Chalet Hills Golf Club
  • Vulcan Lakes
  • Cary Country Club
  • Sands Main Street Park
  • Hillside Prairie Park
  • Water Tower Prairie Park

Things To Do In Cary

Cary offers opportunities for many adventurous activities like rock climbing, quarry scuba diving, cliff diving and gravel pit tours. More conventional recreation alternatives are also available in the form of parks, golf courses and a museum. The banks of the Fox River also make for an ideal place to relax.

Cary Transportation

Chicago O'Hare International is the nearest major airport.

Cary Higher Education

Higher education can be obtained at McHenry County College, Elgin Community College and William Rainey Harper College.

People

Total Population 18,115
Male Share of the Population 50.4%
Female Share of the Population 49.6%
Senior Citizens 6.9%
Employed Population 16+ 9,552
Age of the Population 37

Families

% of people married 63.7%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 47.1%
Median Earnings25+ $51,246
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $20,204
Median Earnings With High School Degree $33,548

Wealth

Median Family Income $112,115
% Above Poverty Level 92%
% Below Poverty Level 8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 37 minutes
% Working from Home 7.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.7%
% Using Public Transportation 5.2%

Housing

People Living Alone 10.4%
Median Gross Rent $1,166
Median House Value $226,200

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 18%
US/American 0.3%
English 5.3%
Irish 18.9%

Cary Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 12 miles N of Elgin, Illinois (center to center)
Nearest Large City 38 miles NW of Chicago, Illinois
County McHenry
Standard Zip Codes 60013
Phone Area Codes 847
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.211
Longitude -88.238

Cary 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 BARRINGTON 3 SW
Distance 7.5 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
Station LAKE VILLA 2 NE
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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Algonquin 30,189 $114,593
Barrington 10,830 $133,231
Barrington Hills 3,653 $127,536
Fox River Grove 4,749 $98,750

Cary Public Libraries

Library
Cary Area P.l.d.
1606 THREE OAKS ROAD
Cary, Illinois
(847) 639-4210
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2208 THREE OAKS RD
847-639-3825
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Student/teacher ratio: 17.8

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