St Charles, Illinois

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St Charles, Illinois

Introduction to St. Charles, Illinois

St. Charles, Illinois, in DuPage and Kane counties, is 35 miles West of Chicago, Illinois. There are 27,896 residents in St. Charles.

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 Charle’s 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.

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High Points

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

Category Trophy
College Educated Adults
(vs. State)
Top 8% St Charles College Educated Adults
Well-Paid Single Men
(vs. Peers)
Top 8% St Charles Well-Paid Single Men
People in Middle Class or Better
(vs. Peers)
Top 8% St Charles People in Middle Class or Better
Well-Paid Single Women
(vs. State)
Top 8% St Charles Well-Paid Single Women
Median Family Income
(vs. Peers)
Top 9% St Charles Median Family Income
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. Peers)
Top 11% St Charles Low Rate of Poverty

Comparative Profile of St Charles, Illinois

Comparing St Charles 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 9 10
Male Share of the Population 9 9
Age of the Population 7 5
Children Under 5 Years Old 4 5
Senior Citizens 4 2
Racial Diversity 3 8
Female Share of the Population 2 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 9 8
Average Household Size 6 7


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

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Working at Home 9 9
Public Transportation Use 7 8
Short Commute Times 5 5
Walking and Biking to Work 4 7


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 9 10
Housing Recently Built 8 9
People Living Alone 4 4
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 3 8
Affordability of Rents 3 2
Affordability of Property Taxes 2 2

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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

  • 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
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
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St Charles Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 27,896 100%
Male 13,903 49.8%
Female 13,993 50.2%
Under 18 7,749 27.8%
18+ 20,147 72.2%
65+ 2,844 10.2%
Median Age 36.6
Average Family Size 3.13
White 26,169 93.8%
African-American 462 1.7%
Asian 499 1.8%
American Indian & Alaskan 39 0.1%
Other 463 1.7%
Mixed Race 263 0.9%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 1,535 5.5%

Estimated St Charles Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 32,332
Growth 4,436
Growth % 15.9%

St Charles 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 22.9%
Irish 13.4%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 9.5%
Italian 8.7%
English 8.5%
Polish 8%
Swedish 4.7%
US/American 4.2%
French (except Basque) 2.2%
Norwegian 1.8%
Scottish 1.8%
Dutch 1.2%
Czech 1.1%
Scotch-Irish 1%
Lithuanian 0.9%
Greek 0.8%
European 0.8%
Ukrainian 0.7%
French Canadian 0.7%
Belgian 0.7%
Danish 0.7%
Russian 0.6%
Slovak 0.6%
Welsh 0.5%
Hungarian 0.4%
Yugoslavian 0.4%
Canadian 0.3%
Finnish 0.3%
British 0.3%
Scandinavian 0.2%
Lebanese 0.2%
Swiss 0.2%
African 0.2%
Austrian 0.2%
Czechoslovakian 0.2%
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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 Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
St Charles 27,896 $82,828
Batavia 23,866 $81,689
Geneva 19,515 $88,852
North Aurora 10,585 $70,780
South Elgin 16,100 $71,190
Wayne 2,137 $124,571
West Chicago 23,469 $65,744

St Charles Public Libraries

St Charles P.l.d.
St Charles, Illinois
(630) 584-0076
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St. Charles
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Wal-mart in St Charles

(As of 2006)
150 Smith Road
(630) 513-9559
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St Charles High Schools (2004)

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Serves 1,969 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.4

Serves 1,924 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16

A Non-traditional School
Serves 319 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.6

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Serves 63 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 4.8

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