Prairie Grove, Illinois

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Prairie Grove, Illinois

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High Points

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

Category Trophy
Median Family Income
(vs. Peers)
Top 2% trophy Prairie Grove Median Family Income
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. Peers)
Top 2% trophy Prairie Grove Low Rate of Poverty
People in Middle Class or Better
(vs. Peers)
Top 4% trophy Prairie Grove People in Middle Class or Better
College Educated Adults
(vs. Peers)
Top 7% Prairie Grove College Educated Adults
Public Transportation Use
(vs. Peers)
Top 9% Prairie Grove Public Transportation Use

Comparative Profile of Prairie Grove, Illinois

Comparing Prairie Grove 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
Male Share of the Population 8 8
Children Under 5 Years Old 7 7
Well-Paid Single Men 7 4
Well-Paid Single Women 6 4
Racial Diversity 6 6
Age of the Population 5 6
Female Share of the Population 4 3
Senior Citizens 1 1


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


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

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Public Transportation Use 10 8
Working at Home 7 7
Short Commute Times 1 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Housing Recently Built 10 10
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 3 6
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 2 2
Affordability of Rents 1 2
Affordability of Property Taxes 1 1
People Living Alone 1 1

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Prairie Grove Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 16 miles NW of Palatine, Illinois (center to center)
Nearest Large City 42 miles NW of Chicago, Illinois
County McHenry
Standard Zip Codes 60012, 60050
Phone Area Codes 815
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.278
Longitude -88.26

Prairie Grove Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 12.2 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 14.6 miles
Jan Temp 12 to 28 F
Apr Temp 36 to 56 F
Jul Temp 62 to 82 F
Oct Temp 42 to 60 F
Annual Precip 35.5 inches
Distance 16.4 miles
Jan Temp 11 to 28 F
Apr Temp 37 to 56 F
Jul Temp 62 to 82 F
Oct Temp 42 to 61 F
Annual Precip 36.5 inches
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Prairie Grove Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 960 100%
Male 473 49.3%
Female 487 50.7%
Under 18 298 31%
18+ 662 69%
65+ 59 6.1%
Median Age 37.3
Average Family Size 3.37
White 931 97%
African-American 6 0.6%
Asian 10 1%
American Indian & Alaskan 2 0.2%
Other 4 0.4%
Mixed Race 7 0.7%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 12 1.3%

Estimated Prairie Grove Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 1,814
Growth 854
Growth % 89%

Prairie Grove 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 27.1%
Irish 13.2%
Polish 10.8%
Italian 6.6%
English 5.7%
Norwegian 5.1%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 4.3%
Swedish 4.1%
Dutch 3.4%
US/American 2.5%
Danish 2.3%
Russian 1.8%
European 1.5%
Scottish 1.5%
French (except Basque) 1.1%
French Canadian 1.1%
Croatian 0.9%
Austrian 0.9%
Macedonian 0.8%
Welsh 0.7%
Swiss 0.7%
Lebanese 0.6%
Greek 0.6%
Scotch-Irish 0.6%
Belgian 0.6%
Lithuanian 0.5%
British 0.2%
Slovak 0.2%
Yugoslavian 0.2%
Hungarian 0.2%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Ridgefield (60012)
Sunnyside (60050)

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)
Prairie Grove 960 $102,087
Crystal Lake 38,000 $75,396
Holiday Hills 831 $61,000
Island Lake 8,153 $67,500
Lakemoor 2,788 $60,542
McHenry 21,501 $66,040
Oakwood Hills 2,194 $70,875
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