Introduction to Palatine, Illinois

Palatine, Illinois, in Cook county, is 26 miles NW of Chicago, Illinois. The village is included in the Chicago metropolitan area.

Palatine History

The present day Village of Palatine was first settled after the 1832 Blackhawk War. George Ela was the first European settler of Palatine. Ela built a log cabin in this area in 1835. Joel Wood surveyed the area in 1855 and established the village. In fact, one of the streets in Palatine is named after Wood. The village was incorporated on March 19, 1866. The Palatine, Lake Zurich and Wauconda Railroad, a short line railroad, was built in 1911.

Palatine and nearby Attractions

  • Arlington Park
  • George S. Clayson Museum
  • Moraine Hills State Park
  • Friendship Park Conservatory
  • Racing Rapids Water Park
  • Six Flags Great America

Things To Do In Palatine

You can visit Willowwood Park, Oak Park, Patridge Park, Mallard Park, and Winston Park during your stay in Palatine. Fishing can be enjoyed on Lake Irene, Virginia Lake, Doughnut Lake, and Peregrine Lake. The Brunswick Amusement and Theme Park is also worth visiting. You can enjoy shopping at Village Oasis Shopping Center, Northwest Shopping Center, Park Place Shopping Center, Palatine Plaza Shopping Center, Deer Grove Crossing Shopping Center, and Palatine Mall Shopping Center.

Palatine Transportation

Chicago O’Hare International Airport is closeby.

Palatine Higher Education

William Rainey Harper College is the local college. Higher educational facilities are also provided by Oakton Community College, and Trinity International University.


Total Population 69,188
Male Share of the Population 49.3%
Female Share of the Population 50.7%
Senior Citizens 12.1%
Employed Population 16+ 36,022
Age of the Population 38


% of people married 52.9%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 48.1%
Median Earnings25+ $43,841
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $24,642
Median Earnings With High School Degree $30,241


Median Family Income $89,648
% Above Poverty Level 89.6%
% Below Poverty Level 10.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 28 minutes
% Working from Home 4.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.9%
% Using Public Transportation 4.2%


People Living Alone 28.6%
Median Gross Rent $1,110
Median House Value $266,700


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 36.7%
US/American 0.1%
English 5.5%
Irish 12.9%

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

Palatine Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 26 miles NW of Chicago, Illinois
County Cook
Standard Zip Codes 60067, 60074, 60095
P.O. Box Zip Codes 60078, 60094
Company Zip Codes 60038, 60055
Phone Area Codes 847
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.11
Longitude -88.034

Palatine Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 6.8 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
Distance 10.7 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
Distance 13 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 30 F
Apr Temp 37 to 56 F
Jul Temp 63 to 83 F
Oct Temp 42 to 63 F
Annual Precip 36.8 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Hoffman Est (60067)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Arlington Heights 75,802 $102,734
Deer Park 3,323 $162,105

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

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Serves 2,872 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.4

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Student/teacher ratio: 15.6

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Serves 200 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 5.8

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