Introduction to Marengo, Illinois

Located in McHenry county, Marengo, Illinois is 22 miles NW of Elgin, Illinois (center to center) and 56 miles NW of Chicago, Illinois. The population of the city is 6,355 residents.

Marengo History

Marengowas originally inhabited by the Potawatami Native Americans; initially, the region was known as either "Pleasant Grove" or "Jefferson". The first settlers arrived in Marengo in 1832 and purchased land from the Potawatami tribes. The city was officially incorporated into the state in 1835, and was named "Marengo" after a town in Italy.

Marengo and nearby Attractions

  • Northern Illinois Fire Museum
  • Orson Rogers House
  • Charles H. Hibbard House
  • Marengo Ridge Golf Club
  • McHenry county Historical Society Museum

Things To Do In Marengo

Moraine Hills State Park and Rock Cut State Park hold various recreational activities such as fishing, boating, and hiking. The two prominent historic cities in the area are the Charles H. Hibbard House and Orson Rogers House. Museums such as the Northern Illinois Fire Museum, and McHenry county Historical Society Museum are also nearby.

Marengo Transportation

Chicago O' Hare International Airport is the closest airport to the city.

Marengo Higher Education

McHenry County College, Elgin Community College, and Rock Valley College are some of the nearby higher education schools.


Total Population 7,451
Male Share of the Population 46.7%
Female Share of the Population 53.3%
Senior Citizens 11.6%
Employed Population 16+ 3,579
Age of the Population 36


% of people married 56.5%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 17.2%
Median Earnings25+ $31,759
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $19,479
Median Earnings With High School Degree $31,753


Median Family Income $62,094
% Above Poverty Level 88.1%
% Below Poverty Level 11.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 28 minutes
% Working from Home 3.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 4.5%
% Using Public Transportation 0.3%


People Living Alone 19.9%
Median Gross Rent $887
Median House Value $162,100


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 20.2%
US/American 0%
English 5.9%
Irish 12.7%

Marengo Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 22 miles NW of Elgin, Illinois (center to center)
Nearest Large City 56 miles NW of Chicago, Illinois
County McHenry
Standard Zip Codes 60152
Phone Area Codes 815
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.248
Longitude -88.608

Marengo Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 0.4 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
Station DE KALB
Distance 23.6 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
Station BELOIT
Distance 27.8 miles
Jan Temp 12 to 27 F
Apr Temp 38 to 58 F
Jul Temp 62 to 83 F
Oct Temp 41 to 62 F
Annual Precip 35.2 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Marengo, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Coral (60152)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Genoa 5,716 $64,681
Hampshire 6,053 $96,875
Harvard 9,829 $46,862

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Student/teacher ratio: 17

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