Introduction to Oswego, Illinois

Oswego, Illinois, in Kendall county, is 6 miles SW of Aurora, Illinois and 38 miles W of Chicago, Illinois. The village is conveniently located inside the Chicago metropolitan area.

Oswego History

Oswego was first settled in by Europeans in the 1830s. They were attracted to this area primarily because of its transportation potential. The U.S. government put the land up for sale in 1842. The village was initially named Hudson but in 1937, when the first post office was established, it was renamed Lodi. In the same year, residents gathered to select a permanent name for the village. This resulted in the named being changed to Oswega.

Oswego and nearby Attractions

  • Little White School Museum
  • Fox Bend Golf Club
  • Blackberry Oaks Golf Course
  • Oakhurst Forest Preserve
  • Waubonsee Lake Park
  • Hollywood Casino Aurora

Things To Do In Oswego

The Starved Rock State Park offers breathtaking views of the Illinois River along with many popular nature trails. Fishing, boating, camping and horseback riding are some of the most popular activities. Furthermore the Silver Springs State Fish and Wildlife Park has facilities for hunting, fishing, picnicking, hiking, canoeing, snowmobiling, cross country skiing and sledding.

Oswego Transportation

Chicago O’Hare International Airport provides regular international and domestic flights.

Oswego Higher Education

Waubonsee Community College, North Central College and Joliet Junior College have facilities for higher education.


Total Population 32,468
Male Share of the Population 49.4%
Female Share of the Population 50.6%
Senior Citizens 8.1%
Employed Population 16+ 16,774
Age of the Population 36


% of people married 64.5%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 42.1%
Median Earnings25+ $51,682
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $25,660
Median Earnings With High School Degree $41,959


Median Family Income $102,555
% Above Poverty Level 96.6%
% Below Poverty Level 3.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 33 minutes
% Working from Home 2.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.4%
% Using Public Transportation 5.1%


People Living Alone 13.8%
Median Gross Rent $1,675
Median House Value $224,100


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 28.1%
US/American 0.1%
English 6.3%
Irish 16.2%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Oswego Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 6 miles SW of Aurora, Illinois (center to center)
Nearest Large City 38 miles W of Chicago, Illinois
County Kendall
Standard Zip Codes 60543
Phone Area Codes 630
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.682
Longitude -88.351

Oswego 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 6.1 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 17.4 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 30.6 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 30 F
Apr Temp 38 to 58 F
Jul Temp 63 to 84 F
Oct Temp 42 to 62 F
Annual Precip 36.2 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Aurora 200,614 $71,174

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Oswego Public Libraries

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Oswego, Illinois
(630) 554-3150
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Oswego High Schools

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4250 RTE 71
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 2,450 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19.7

A Special Education School
Serves 67 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 33.5

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A Non-traditional School
Serves 17 students.

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