Cortland, Illinois

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Cortland, Illinois

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High Points

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

Category Trophy
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. Peers)
Top 10% Cortland Low Rate of Poverty
People in Middle Class or Better
(vs. Peers)
Top 11% Cortland People in Middle Class or Better
Median Family Income
(vs. Peers)
Top 13% Cortland Median Family Income
College Educated Adults
(vs. Peers)
Top 19% Cortland College Educated Adults

Comparative Profile of Cortland, Illinois

Comparing Cortland 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 10 10
Well-Paid Single Men 8 5
Racial Diversity 7 7
Well-Paid Single Women 7 5
Male Share of the Population 7 7
Female Share of the Population 4 4
Age of the Population 1 1
Senior Citizens 1 1


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


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Above Poverty 10 8
People in Middle Class or Better 9 8
Median Family Income 9 8
College Educated Adults 9 8

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Working at Home 6 7
Short Commute Times 4 6
Walking and Biking to Work 3 2
Public Transportation Use 2 2


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

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Cortland Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 22 miles W of Elgin, Illinois (center to center)
Nearest Large City 53 miles W of Chicago, Illinois
County De Kalb
Standard Zip Codes 60112
Phone Area Codes 815
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.92
Longitude -88.69

Cortland Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Station DE KALB
Distance 4.9 miles
Jan Temp 10 to 27 F
Apr Temp 37 to 58 F
Jul Temp 63 to 84 F
Oct Temp 40 to 63 F
Annual Precip 37.3 inches
Distance 19.4 miles
Jan Temp 8 to 27 F
Apr Temp 35 to 58 F
Jul Temp 60 to 83 F
Oct Temp 37 to 62 F
Annual Precip 33.6 inches
Station PAW PAW 2 NW
Distance 21.3 miles
Jan Temp 8 to 25 F
Apr Temp 36 to 57 F
Jul Temp 60 to 82 F
Oct Temp 38 to 61 F
Annual Precip 36.7 inches
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Cortland Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 2,066 100%
Male 1,013 49%
Female 1,053 51%
Under 18 726 35.1%
18+ 1,340 64.9%
65+ 113 5.5%
Median Age 30.3
Average Family Size 3.35
White 1,965 95.1%
African-American 25 1.2%
Asian 26 1.3%
American Indian & Alaskan 1 0%
Other 20 1%
Mixed Race 29 1.4%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 91 4.4%

Estimated Cortland Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 3,135
Growth 1,069
Growth % 51.7%

Cortland 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 31.6%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 10.2%
US/American 9.4%
Irish 9.1%
English 7.9%
Polish 6.5%
Italian 4.1%
Swedish 3.6%
Norwegian 3.2%
Belgian 1.6%
Dutch 1.6%
French (except Basque) 1.4%
Scottish 1%
European 1%
Czech 0.9%
French Canadian 0.7%
Scotch-Irish 0.7%
Yugoslavian 0.6%
Danish 0.5%
Welsh 0.5%
Swiss 0.5%
Lithuanian 0.4%
Finnish 0.3%
Guyanese 0.3%
British 0.3%
Scandinavian 0.3%
Syrian 0.3%
Serbian 0.3%
Greek 0.3%
Bulgarian 0.2%
Slovak 0.2%
Arab/Arabic 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Cortland 2,066 $57,361
DeKalb 39,018 $53,017
Lily Lake 825 $78,823
Malta 969 $51,667
Maple Park 765 $54,821
Sycamore 12,020 $62,083
Virgil 266 $80,687

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