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Overview

Introduction to St. Charles, Illinois

St. Charles, Illinois, in DuPage and Kane counties, is 35 miles West of Chicago, Illinois.

St. Charles History

The Fox River valley was opened to white settlement after the Black Hawk War in 1832. Evan Shelby and William Franklin arrived in this area, with their families, in 1833-1834. Many other families soon followed, and the township was named 'Charleston.' However, another city in Illinois had that name so the township was renamed Saint Charles in 1839. It was incorporated as a city in 1874.

St. Charles and nearby Attractions

  • Dunham Hunt Museum
  • Saint Charles Public Library
  • Farnsworth House
  • Saint Charles South Lake
  • Pheasant Run Golf Course
  • Kane County Fairgrounds

Things To Do In St. Charles

The city of St. Charles offers travelers the opportunity to visit a number of historical sites and museums. The glass house built by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe in 1951, called the Farnsworth House, is a stunning example of modernist architecture. The Dunham Hunt Museum, Saint Charles Historical Museum, Batavia Depot Museum, Garfield Farm Museum, and Fabyan Villa Museum are all worth visiting. One can also visit the numerous business parks and industrial areas in St. Charles. The churches and cemeteries around the city are reminiscent of the bygone era. The banks of Saint Charles South Lake and Ferson Creek are popular tourist haunts. In addition, there are a large number of shopping plazas, parks, and a golf course where visitors can spend a relaxed, fun-filled day.

St. Charles Transportation

Air transportation facilities are available at Chicago O’Hare International Airport.

St. Charles Higher Education

Opportunities for higher education are provided by Elgin Community College, Waubonsee Community College, North Central College, and Wheaton College.

People

Total Population
Male Share of the Population
Female Share of the Population
Senior Citizens
Employed Population 16+
Age of the Population

Families

% of people married
Average household size

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher
Median Earnings25+
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification
Median Earnings With High School Degree

Wealth

Median Family Income
% Above Poverty Level
% Below Poverty Level

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time
% Working from Home
% Walking and Biking to Work
% Using Public Transportation

Housing

People Living Alone
Median Gross Rent
Median House Value

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)
US/American
English
Irish

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

St Charles Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 8 miles S of Elgin, Illinois (center to center)
Nearest Large City 34 miles W of Chicago, Illinois
County Kane
Standard Zip Codes 60174, 60175
Phone Area Codes 630
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.914
Longitude -88.308

St Charles Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

Station AURORA
Distance 10.2 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 14.2 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
Station JOLIET BRANDON RD DAM
Distance 30.6 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 30 F
Apr Temp 37 to 60 F
Jul Temp 63 to 85 F
Oct Temp 41 to 64 F
Annual Precip 36.9 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Valley View (60174)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Batavia 26,105 $113,976
Geneva 21,704 $110,764

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

St Charles Public Libraries

Library
St Charles P.l.d.
ONE SOUTH SIXTH AVE.
St Charles, Illinois
(630) 584-0076
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St Charles High Schools

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ST CHARLES NORTH HIGH SCHOOL
255 RED GATE RD
630-443-5700
Serves 1,969 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.4

ST CHARLES EAST HIGH SCHOOL
1020 DUNHAM RD
630-584-1100
Serves 1,924 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16

ILLINOIS YOUTH CTR - ST CHARLES
4450 LINCOLN HWY
630-584-0506
A Non-traditional School
Serves 319 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.6

MADES JOHNSTONE CENTER
1304 RONZHEIMER RD
630-377-4858
A Special Education School
Serves 63 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 4.8

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