Palatine, Illinois

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Palatine, Illinois

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. As of the year 2000 census, 65,479 people lived in Palatine.

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.

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High Points

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

Category Trophy
Racial Diversity
(vs. State)
Top 6% Palatine Racial Diversity
Well-Paid Single Men
(vs. Peers)
Top 7% Palatine Well-Paid Single Men
College Educated Adults
(vs. State)
Top 9% Palatine College Educated Adults
Well-Paid Single Women
(vs. Peers)
Top 10% Palatine Well-Paid Single Women
Median Family Income
(vs. Peers)
Top 15% Palatine Median Family Income
People in Middle Class or Better
(vs. Peers)
Top 17% Palatine People in Middle Class or Better
Public Transportation Use
(vs. State)
Top 18% Palatine Public Transportation Use

Comparative Profile of Palatine, Illinois

Comparing Palatine 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
Well-Paid Single Women 10 10
Male Share of the Population 9 9
Racial Diversity 8 10
Children Under 5 Years Old 7 8
Age of the Population 5 3
Senior Citizens 3 2
Female Share of the Population 2 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 6 5
Average Household Size 6 6


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

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Public Transportation Use 8 9
Walking and Biking to Work 6 8
Working at Home 5 5
Short Commute Times 3 4


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Housing Recently Built 8 9
People Living Alone 6 6
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 5 9
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 4 5
Affordability of Rents 2 1
Affordability of Property Taxes 2 2

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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
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Palatine Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 65,479 100%
Male 32,616 49.8%
Female 32,863 50.2%
Under 18 16,257 24.8%
18+ 49,222 75.2%
65+ 5,764 8.8%
Median Age 34.3
Average Family Size 3.18
White 54,381 83.1%
African-American 1,407 2.1%
Asian 4,953 7.6%
American Indian & Alaskan 147 0.2%
Other 3,327 5.1%
Mixed Race 1,237 1.9%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 9,247 14.1%

Estimated Palatine Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 67,232
Growth 1,753
Growth % 2.7%

Palatine 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
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 26.3%
German 19.1%
Irish 9.9%
Polish 9.5%
Italian 8.2%
English 4.5%
US/American 3.3%
Swedish 2.3%
Norwegian 1.5%
Ukrainian 1.1%
Russian 1.1%
Scottish 1.1%
Greek 1%
Scotch-Irish 0.9%
Danish 0.8%
Czech 0.8%
French (except Basque) 0.8%
Dutch 0.7%
Hungarian 0.6%
European 0.5%
Austrian 0.4%
Lithuanian 0.4%
Latvian 0.3%
French Canadian 0.3%
Welsh 0.3%
Swiss 0.3%
Croatian 0.3%
Armenian 0.2%
Slovak 0.2%
Belgian 0.2%
Canadian 0.2%
Finnish 0.2%
Scandinavian 0.2%
Czechoslovakian 0.2%
Serbian 0.2%
British 0.2%
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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 Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Palatine 65,479 $76,270
Arlington Heights 76,031 $84,488
Deer Park 3,102 $166,838
Inverness 6,749 $154,646
Kildeer 3,460 $140,270
Prospect Heights 17,081 $63,382
Rolling Meadows 24,604 $68,571

Palatine Public Libraries

Palatine P.l.d.
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(847) 358-5881
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(As of 2005)
Palatine Metra Station
137 West Wood Street
Rand & Dundee
1590 Rand Road
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Student/teacher ratio: 17.4

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Student/teacher ratio: 15.6

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Student/teacher ratio: 5.8

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