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Overview

Introduction to Batavia, Illinois

Batavia, Illinois, in Kane county, is 7 miles N of Aurora, Illinois (center to center) and 34 miles W of Chicago, Illinois. The city is in the Chicago area.

Batavia History

Batavia was first settled in 1833. Christopher Payne was one of its early settlers. At that time, the area was known as the "Head of Big Woods." Judge Isaac Wilson renamed the area Batavia, after his native land in New York. Though there were several windmill factories and farms in Batavia, the Newton Wagon Company was the first large factory built in this area in 1854.

Batavia and nearby Attractions

  • Batavia Depot Museum
  • Fabyan Forest Preserve
  • DuPage Children's Museum
  • Ferson Creek Fen Nature Preserve
  • Fox River Trolley Museum
  • Hollywood Casino Aurora

Things To Do In Batavia

Batavia offers a number of recreational facilities for its residents and visitors. The Big Woods Park, Prairie Lathem Park, Highlands Park, Engstrom Park, Vanburen Park, and Quarry Park are some of the local parks. The Holy Cross Church and the amusement park, at the Funway Ultimate Entertainment Center, are worth visiting. The Braeburn Marsh County Forest Preserve offers several scenic trails.

Batavia Transportation

International air transportation is available from Chicago O’Hare International Airport.

Batavia Higher Education

Opportunities for higher education are offered by Waubonsee Community College, Wheaton College, College of Dupage, North Central College, Lewis University, Benedictine University, and Elgin Community College.

People

Total Population 26,105
Male Share of the Population 48%
Female Share of the Population 52%
Senior Citizens 12.6%
Employed Population 16+ 13,107
Age of the Population 42

Families

% of people married 58.7%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 50.8%
Median Earnings25+ $53,177
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $18,977
Median Earnings With High School Degree $32,028

Wealth

Median Family Income $113,976
% Above Poverty Level 94.4%
% Below Poverty Level 5.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 29 minutes
% Working from Home 7.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.9%
% Using Public Transportation 4.3%

Housing

People Living Alone 22.7%
Median Gross Rent $1,044
Median House Value $274,700

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 14.7%
US/American 0%
English 13.2%
Irish 18.8%

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

Batavia Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 7 miles N of Aurora, Illinois (center to center)
Nearest Large City 34 miles W of Chicago, Illinois
County Kane
Standard Zip Codes 60510, 60539
Phone Area Codes 630
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.861
Longitude -88.312

Batavia 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 6.5 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 13 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 MARENGO
Distance 30.7 miles
Jan Temp 11 to 28 F
Apr Temp 37 to 59 F
Jul Temp 62 to 85 F
Oct Temp 39 to 63 F
Annual Precip 36.4 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Mooseheart (60539)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Aurora 200,614 $71,174
Geneva 21,704 $110,764

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

Batavia Public Libraries

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10 SOUTH BATAVIA AVE
Batavia, Illinois
(630) 879-1393

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Batavia High Schools

BATAVIA SR HIGH SCHOOL
1200 W MAIN ST
630-879-4600
Serves 1,712 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.8

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Historic Batavia

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Laurelwood Park between 1880 and 1899

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Laurelwood Park between 1880 and 1899

Batavia (Laurelwood Park) between 1880 and 1899

Looking up from Batavia (Fox River) between 1880 and 1899

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