Geneva, Illinois

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Geneva, Illinois

Introduction to Geneva, Illinois

Geneva, Illinois, in Kane county, is 8 miles N of Aurora, Illinois (center to center) and 33 miles W of Chicago, Illinois. The city is included in the Chicago metropolitan area. As of the year 2000 census, 19,515 people lived in Geneva.

Geneva History

The area now known as Geneva was originally inhabited by the Prairie and Illinois Pottawatomi tribes. The first modern settler, Daniel Shaw Haight, arrived in this area in 1830. He built a cabin near the Fox Area and settled down there. The settlement was named Big Spring. Haight sold his claim to James and Charity Herrington in 1835. The Herringtons played a significant role in the establishment of the town of Geneva. It was incorporated as a city in 1887.

Geneva and nearby Attractions

  • Island Park
  • Lincoln Highway
  • Geneva Historical Society Museum
  • Garfield Farm Museum
  • Norris Nature Preserve
  • St. Charles Country Club

Things To Do In Geneva

Geneva is reputed as a tourist destination. It is located in a scenic area along the Fox River. It is a lively city with several shops and restaurants. It also has an extensive bike trail which includes portions of the Fox River Trail. The Geneva Park District includes 50 parks and is spread over 700 acres. It offers approximately 3,000 programs annually. In addition, the park district also offers playgrounds, bike/pedestrian trails, a recreation center, and a skate park.

Geneva Transportation

Domestic and international flights are available from Chicago O'Hare International Airport.

Geneva Higher Education

Elgin Community College, Wabaunsee Community College, North Central College, and Wheaton College are all located within a radius of 15 miles.

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High Points

Geneva 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 3% trophy Geneva People in Middle Class or Better
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. Peers)
Top 5% trophy Geneva Low Rate of Poverty
College Educated Adults
(vs. Peers)
Top 7% Geneva College Educated Adults
Well-Paid Single Men
(vs. Peers)
Top 7% Geneva Well-Paid Single Men
Median Family Income
(vs. Peers)
Top 8% Geneva Median Family Income
Well-Paid Single Women
(vs. State)
Top 9% Geneva Well-Paid Single Women
Public Transportation Use
(vs. Peers)
Top 13% Geneva Public Transportation Use

Comparative Profile of Geneva, Illinois

Comparing Geneva 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
Male Share of the Population 9 9
Well-Paid Single Women 9 10
Children Under 5 Years Old 8 8
Age of the Population 5 5
Racial Diversity 4 7
Senior Citizens 2 2
Female Share of the Population 2 2


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


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

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Public Transportation Use 9 9
Working at Home 9 9
Walking and Biking to Work 4 5
Short Commute Times 2 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Housing Recently Built 9 10
People Living Alone 3 2
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 2 4
Affordability of Rents 2 1
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 2 4
Affordability of Property Taxes 2 1

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Geneva Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 8 miles N of Aurora, Illinois (center to center)
Nearest Large City 33 miles W of Chicago, Illinois
County Kane
Standard Zip Codes 60134
Phone Area Codes 630
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.887
Longitude -88.305

Geneva Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Station AURORA
Distance 8.4 miles
Jan Temp 11 to 29 F
Apr Temp 36 to 59 F
Jul Temp 61 to 84 F
Oct Temp 38 to 63 F
Annual Precip 38.3 inches
Station WHEATON 3 SE
Distance 13.2 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 32 F
Apr Temp 38 to 63 F
Jul Temp 63 to 87 F
Oct Temp 42 to 67 F
Annual Precip 37.9 inches
Distance 29.3 miles
Jan Temp 11 to 28 F
Apr Temp 37 to 59 F
Jul Temp 62 to 85 F
Oct Temp 39 to 63 F
Annual Precip 36.4 inches
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Geneva Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 19,515 100%
Male 9,755 50%
Female 9,760 50%
Under 18 6,214 31.8%
18+ 13,301 68.2%
65+ 1,732 8.9%
Median Age 36.2
Average Family Size 3.31
White 18,832 96.5%
African-American 199 1%
Asian 244 1.3%
American Indian & Alaskan 11 0.1%
Other 114 0.6%
Mixed Race 110 0.6%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 541 2.8%

Estimated Geneva Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 23,424
Growth 3,909
Growth % 20%

Geneva 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 23.1%
Irish 17%
Polish 8.7%
Italian 8.1%
English 6.6%
Swedish 5.8%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 5.5%
US/American 4.3%
Norwegian 2.3%
French (except Basque) 1.8%
Scottish 1.7%
Czech 1.5%
Scotch-Irish 1.4%
Dutch 1.3%
Greek 1%
Hungarian 0.9%
European 0.8%
French Canadian 0.7%
British 0.7%
Belgian 0.7%
Austrian 0.6%
Russian 0.5%
Danish 0.4%
Lithuanian 0.4%
Croatian 0.4%
Welsh 0.4%
Canadian 0.4%
Swiss 0.4%
Slovak 0.3%
Slovene 0.3%
Yugoslavian 0.3%
Czechoslovakian 0.3%
Scandinavian 0.2%
Serbian 0.2%
Romanian 0.2%
Israeli 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Geneva 19,515 $88,852
Batavia 23,866 $81,689
North Aurora 10,585 $70,780
South Elgin 16,100 $71,190
St. Charles 27,896 $82,828
Wayne 2,137 $124,571
West Chicago 23,469 $65,744

Geneva Public Libraries

Geneva P.l.d.
Geneva, Illinois
(630) 232-0780
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Geneva Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
(630) 208-3000
Emergency Service: Yes

Starbucks in Geneva

(As of 2005)
229 W. State St
Geneva Commons
1302 Commons Drive
1441 S. Randall Road
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Student/teacher ratio: 17.4

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Historic Geneva


Fox River (below Geneva) c1898

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Fox River (below Geneva) c1898

Geneva (from above railway bridge) c1898.

From railway bridge between 1880 and 1899

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