South Elgin, Illinois

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South Elgin, Illinois

Introduction to South Elgin, Illinois

South Elgin, Illinois, in Kane county, is 3 miles S of Elgin, Illinois and 34 miles W of Chicago, Illinois. Part of the surrounding Chicago metro area, South Elgin is home to some 16,100 residents.

South Elgin History

South Elgin began in 1847 around a gristmill dam that was built across the Fox River. At that time, the area was known as Clintonville. It started off as a railroad depot and rural farming community. Growth was slow in the initial years. In 1897, after the Elgin State Hospital was established, the area was officially incorporated as South Elgin.

South Elgin and nearby Attractions

  • Fox River Trolley Museum
  • Panton Mill Park
  • Jon Duerr Forest Preserve
  • Kane County Forest Preserves
  • Fox River Trail
  • Ferson Creek Fen Nature Preserve

Things To Do In South Elgin

Fox River is a popular recreation spot in South Elgin where one can go fishing, boating or swimming. There are forest preserves nearby which have several miles of hiking trails and paved bikeways winding under a canopy of trees. The Fox River Trail stretches for several miles and has many scenic locations for joggers, hikers and bikers.

South Elgin Transportation

Chicago O'Hare International is the closest major airport.

South Elgin Higher Education

Colleges around the area include Elgin Community College, McHenry County College and Waubonsee Community College.

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High Points

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

Category Trophy
People in Middle Class or Better
(vs. Peers)
Top 8% South Elgin People in Middle Class or Better
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. Peers)
Top 11% South Elgin Low Rate of Poverty
Racial Diversity
(vs. State)
Top 11% South Elgin Racial Diversity
Median Family Income
(vs. State)
Top 13% South Elgin Median Family Income
Well-Paid Single Men
(vs. State)
Top 15% South Elgin Well-Paid Single Men
Well-Paid Single Women
(vs. State)
Top 17% South Elgin Well-Paid Single Women

Comparative Profile of South Elgin, Illinois

Comparing South Elgin 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
Children Under 5 Years Old 10 10
Male Share of the Population 9 9
Well-Paid Single Men 9 9
Racial Diversity 9 9
Well-Paid Single Women 8 9
Female Share of the Population 2 2
Age of the Population 2 1
Senior Citizens 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 9 9
Average Household Size 9 9


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People in Middle Class or Better 10 10
People Above Poverty 9 9
Median Family Income 9 9
College Educated Adults 7 9

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Working at Home 9 9
Public Transportation Use 8 8
Walking and Biking to Work 6 7
Short Commute Times 2 2


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

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South Elgin Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 3 miles S of Elgin, Illinois (center to center)
Nearest Large City 34 miles W of Chicago, Illinois
County Kane
Standard Zip Codes 60177
Phone Area Codes 847
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.994
Longitude -88.292

South Elgin Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Station ELGIN
Distance 5 miles
Jan Temp 11 to 28 F
Apr Temp 36 to 58 F
Jul Temp 62 to 83 F
Oct Temp 40 to 62 F
Annual Precip 37.2 inches
Station AURORA
Distance 15.8 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 16.9 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
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South Elgin Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 16,100 100%
Male 8,059 50.1%
Female 8,041 49.9%
Under 18 4,688 29.1%
18+ 11,412 70.9%
65+ 922 5.7%
Median Age 31.3
Average Family Size 3.26
White 13,850 86%
African-American 415 2.6%
Asian 881 5.5%
American Indian & Alaskan 27 0.2%
Other 625 3.9%
Mixed Race 300 1.9%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 1,664 10.3%

Estimated South Elgin Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 20,758
Growth 4,658
Growth % 28.9%

South Elgin 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 23.3%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 22.9%
Italian 11.6%
Irish 8.9%
Polish 8.1%
English 6.1%
US/American 3.4%
Swedish 2%
Norwegian 2%
French (except Basque) 1.6%
Scottish 1%
Greek 0.9%
Czech 0.8%
Hungarian 0.8%
Dutch 0.8%
European 0.7%
French Canadian 0.5%
Scotch-Irish 0.5%
Danish 0.4%
Palestinian 0.4%
Jamaican 0.4%
Russian 0.3%
Austrian 0.3%
Welsh 0.3%
British 0.2%
African 0.2%
Belgian 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
South Elgin 16,100 $71,190
Bartlett 36,706 $86,503
Elgin 94,487 $58,404
Sleepy Hollow 3,553 $93,629
St. Charles 27,896 $82,828
Streamwood 36,407 $68,771
Wayne 2,137 $124,571

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