Wauconda, Illinois

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Wauconda, Illinois

Introduction to Wauconda, Illinois

Wauconda, Illinois, in Lake county, is 11 miles NW of Palatine, Illinois (center to center) and 37 miles NW of Chicago, Illinois. As of the 2000 census, 9,448 people lived in Wauconda.

Wauconda History

Wauconda is believed to be named after an Indian Chief, who was buried on the bank of Lake Bangs. However, some also believe that the village derived its name from an Indian term meaning 'spirit water'. The area was first settled in by Justus Bangs. The village was organized in 1849, and the first post office was established on June 27, 1849. The first Baptist church of Wauconda was established by Elder Joel Wheeler of McHenry in 1838.

Wauconda and nearby Attractions

  • Chain O'Lakes State Park
  • Lake County Discovery Museum
  • Volo Auto Museum
  • Moraine Hills State Park
  • Deerfield Historic Village
  • Volo Bog State Natural Area

Things To Do In Wauconda

Wauconda is home to several parks and playgrounds including the Larkdale Park and the Cook Memorial Park. History buffs can visit the Fort Hill Heritage Museum, the Volo Auto Museum, the Lake County Discovery Museum, and the Raupp Memorial Museum. The Deerfield Historic Village is less than half an hour's drive away. Visitors can plan a day trip to the Volo Bog State Natural Area and Moraine Hills State Park. The Wauconda Area Public Library is an ideal destination for book lovers.

Wauconda Transportation

Chicago O'Hare International Airport is the nearest major airport.

Wauconda Higher Education

The College of Lake County, William Rainey Harper College, and McHenry County College are nearby.

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High Points

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

Category Trophy
Well-Paid Single Men
(vs. Peers)
Top 9% Wauconda Well-Paid Single Men
Well-Paid Single Women
(vs. State)
Top 11% Wauconda Well-Paid Single Women
Median Family Income
(vs. State)
Top 14% Wauconda Median Family Income

Comparative Profile of Wauconda, Illinois

Comparing Wauconda 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
Male Share of the Population 10 9
Well-Paid Single Women 9 9
Children Under 5 Years Old 8 8
Racial Diversity 7 8
Age of the Population 5 4
Senior Citizens 3 3
Female Share of the Population 1 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Average Household Size 6 7
Portion of People Married 6 5


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Median Family Income 9 9
People Above Poverty 9 8
People in Middle Class or Better 8 8
College Educated Adults 7 8

Commute & Sprawl

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


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 9 10
Housing Recently Built 8 9
People Living Alone 6 6
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 4 7
Affordability of Property Taxes 2 2
Affordability of Rents 2 1

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Wauconda Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 11 miles NW of Palatine, Illinois (center to center)
Nearest Large City 37 miles NW of Chicago, Illinois
County Lake
Standard Zip Codes 60084
Phone Area Codes 847
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.258
Longitude -88.139

Wauconda Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 9.9 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 12.6 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 15.7 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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Wauconda Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 9,448 100%
Male 4,768 50.5%
Female 4,680 49.5%
Under 18 2,369 25.1%
18+ 7,079 74.9%
65+ 1,074 11.4%
Median Age 35.8
Average Family Size 3.16
White 8,526 90.2%
African-American 39 0.4%
Asian 169 1.8%
American Indian & Alaskan 25 0.3%
Other 600 6.4%
Mixed Race 85 0.9%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 1,125 11.9%

Estimated Wauconda Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 10,903
Growth 1,455
Growth % 15.4%

Wauconda 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 23.6%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 16.2%
Italian 9.5%
Polish 9.2%
Irish 9.2%
US/American 5.9%
English 5.9%
Swedish 3.4%
Norwegian 3%
French (except Basque) 1.8%
Greek 1.4%
Scottish 1.3%
Scotch-Irish 0.8%
Danish 0.8%
Czech 0.8%
Russian 0.8%
French Canadian 0.7%
Dutch 0.7%
Welsh 0.6%
Romanian 0.5%
British 0.5%
Ukrainian 0.4%
Austrian 0.4%
Latvian 0.3%
Finnish 0.3%
Lithuanian 0.3%
Slovak 0.3%
Swiss 0.3%
Serbian 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Wauconda 9,448 $69,576
Fox River Valley Gardens 788 $88,700
Holiday Hills 831 $61,000
Island Lake 8,153 $67,500
Lake Barrington 4,757 $122,473
North Barrington 2,918 $152,474
South Barrington 3,760 $174,318

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Student/teacher ratio: 17

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