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Overview

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.

People

Total Population 13,189
Male Share of the Population 52%
Female Share of the Population 48%
Senior Citizens 10.4%
Employed Population 16+ 6,800
Age of the Population 37

Families

% of people married 52.4%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 35.2%
Median Earnings25+ $42,217
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $24,637
Median Earnings With High School Degree $32,993

Wealth

Median Family Income $84,066
% Above Poverty Level 94.2%
% Below Poverty Level 5.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 32 minutes
% Working from Home 5.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.1%
% Using Public Transportation 1.8%

Housing

People Living Alone 28.9%
Median Gross Rent $971
Median House Value $200,300

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 25.7%
US/American 0%
English 6.2%
Irish 15.1%

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

Notes:

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

Station BARRINGTON 3 SW
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
Station LAKE VILLA 2 NE
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
Station ANTIOCH
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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Location Population Median Family Income

Wauconda Public Libraries

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801 N. MAIN STREET
Wauconda, Illinois
(847) 526-6225
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