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Overview

Introduction to Sycamore, Illinois

Sycamore, Illinois, in De Kalb county, is 20 miles W of Elgin, Illinois and 53 miles W of Chicago, Illinois. The city benefits from easy access to the nearby cities and towns with which it shares the Chicago metropolitan area. Sycamore has a population of approximately 12,020.

Sycamore History

The first European settlers of this area arrived in 1835, who settled along the north bank of the Kishwaukee River, which was at that time known as the Sycamore River. The town was originally platted by a man named Christian Sharer. It was officially incorporated as a village in 1858 and went on to become a city in 1869.

Sycamore and nearby Attractions

  • Ellwood House Museum and Park
  • Kishwaukee Country Club
  • Katz Park
  • Sycamore Community Golf Course
  • Great Western Nature Trail
  • Russell Woods Forest Preserve

Things To Do In Sycamore

The Sycamore Pumpkin festival is a famous local celebration which attracts thousands of people from the region. The Sycamore Historical District also has some very interesting architecture. It has more than 200 individual properties, and has been listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Sycamore Transportation

Greater Rockford Airport is the nearest major airport.

Sycamore Higher Education

Northern Illinois University, Kishwaukee College and Waubonsee Community College provide facilities for higher education.

People

Total Population 17,473
Male Share of the Population 47.6%
Female Share of the Population 52.4%
Senior Citizens 11.8%
Employed Population 16+ 9,454
Age of the Population 35

Families

% of people married 46.8%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 38.5%
Median Earnings25+ $39,500
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $14,479
Median Earnings With High School Degree $24,932

Wealth

Median Family Income $77,759
% Above Poverty Level 91.1%
% Below Poverty Level 8.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 26 minutes
% Working from Home 4.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.3%
% Using Public Transportation 0.2%

Housing

People Living Alone 28.4%
Median Gross Rent $906
Median House Value $171,400

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 16.9%
US/American 0%
English 8.7%
Irish 19.1%

Sycamore Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 20 miles W of Elgin, Illinois (center to center)
Nearest Large City 53 miles W of Chicago, Illinois
County De Kalb
Standard Zip Codes 60178
Phone Area Codes 815
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.
Longitude -88.68

Sycamore 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 DE KALB
Distance 7 miles
Jan Temp 10 to 27 F
Apr Temp 37 to 58 F
Jul Temp 63 to 84 F
Oct Temp 40 to 63 F
Annual Precip 37.3 inches
Station ROCHELLE
Distance 20.7 miles
Jan Temp 8 to 27 F
Apr Temp 35 to 58 F
Jul Temp 60 to 83 F
Oct Temp 37 to 62 F
Annual Precip 33.6 inches
Station AURORA
Distance 24.7 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Burlington 623 $72,656
Cortland 4,375 $74,773
DeKalb 44,092 $58,832
Genoa 5,716 $64,681

Sycamore Public Libraries

Library
Sycamore P.l.
103 E. STATE STREET
Sycamore, Illinois
(815) 895-2500
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Serves 1,075 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.4

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