Cary, Illinois

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Cary, Illinois

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.

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High Points

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

Category Trophy
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. Peers)
Top 1% trophy Cary Low Rate of Poverty
People in Middle Class or Better
(vs. Peers)
Top 7% Cary People in Middle Class or Better
College Educated Adults
(vs. State)
Top 9% Cary College Educated Adults
Median Family Income
(vs. Peers)
Top 10% Cary Median Family Income
Public Transportation Use
(vs. Peers)
Top 11% Cary Public Transportation Use
Well-Paid Single Men
(vs. State)
Top 15% Cary Well-Paid Single Men
Well-Paid Single Women
(vs. State)
Top 19% Cary Well-Paid Single Women

Comparative Profile of Cary, Illinois

Comparing Cary 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
Children Under 5 Years Old 9 9
Well-Paid Single Men 8 9
Male Share of the Population 8 8
Well-Paid Single Women 8 9
Racial Diversity 5 7
Age of the Population 3 3
Female Share of the Population 3 3
Senior Citizens 1 1


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


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

Commute & Sprawl

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


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Housing Recently Built 10 10
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 3 5
Affordability of Rents 2 2
Affordability of Property Taxes 2 1
People Living Alone 1 1
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 1 2

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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

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

Category Count Percent
Total Population 15,531 100%
Male 7,668 49.4%
Female 7,863 50.6%
Under 18 5,398 34.8%
18+ 10,133 65.2%
65+ 948 6.1%
Median Age 33.9
Average Family Size 3.48
White 14,837 95.5%
African-American 61 0.4%
Asian 210 1.4%
American Indian & Alaskan 24 0.2%
Other 285 1.8%
Mixed Race 110 0.7%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 843 5.4%

Estimated Cary Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 19,115
Growth 3,584
Growth % 23.1%

Cary 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 25.4%
Irish 16.8%
Italian 10.9%
Polish 9.6%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 6.8%
English 5.8%
US/American 4.3%
Swedish 2.8%
French (except Basque) 2%
Scottish 1.8%
Norwegian 1.6%
Czech 1.2%
Greek 1.2%
French Canadian 1.1%
Scotch-Irish 1%
Dutch 0.7%
Russian 0.7%
Danish 0.6%
Ukrainian 0.5%
Canadian 0.4%
Swiss 0.4%
Hungarian 0.4%
Welsh 0.4%
Scandinavian 0.3%
Czechoslovakian 0.3%
Luxemburger 0.3%
Austrian 0.3%
Slovak 0.2%
Lithuanian 0.2%
Romanian 0.2%
European 0.2%
Armenian 0.2%
Croatian 0.2%
Lebanese 0.2%
Yugoslavian 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Cary 15,531 $82,568
Algonquin 23,276 $84,437
Barrington 10,168 $102,120
Barrington Hills 3,915 $156,002
Fox River Grove 4,862 $78,847
Oakwood Hills 2,194 $70,875
Trout Valley 599 $102,603

Cary Public Libraries

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