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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.

Demographics

People

Total Population26,413
Male Share of the Population48%
Female Share of the Population52%
Senior Citizens13.1%
Employed Population 16+13,331
Age of the Population41

Families

% of people married57.2%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher51.7%
Median Earnings25+$52,847
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$18,417
Median Earnings With High School Degree$33,500

Wealth

Median Family Income$114,445
% Above Poverty Level94.6%
% Below Poverty Level5.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time30 minutes
% Working from Home7.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work2.1%
% Using Public Transportation4.4%

Housing

People Living Alone23.5%
Median Gross Rent$1,126
Median House Value$278,600

Ancestry

German28.2%
Irish18.5%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)14.8%
English11.7%
Polish10.3%
Italian9.2%
Swedish7.8%
French Except Basque3.6%
Norwegian2.7%
Lithuanian1.9%
Czech1.9%
Scottish1.8%
Dutch1.5%
Danishn1.5%
Welsh1%
Russian0.9%
Belgian0.8%
Greek0.8%
Slovak0.7%
Hungarian0.7%
Romanian0.6%
Croatian0.6%
Canadian0.4%
African0.3%
Ukrainian0.3%
Swiss0.3%
Finnish0.2%
Serbian0.2%
Arab0.2%
Austrian0.2%
Iranian0.2%
Jamaican0.1%
West Indian0.1%
Haitian0.1%
Slovene0.1%
Portuguese0.1%
Lebanese0.1%
Basque0.1%
Luxemburger0.1%
Kenyan0.1%
Senegalese0.1%
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Batavia Almanac

CategoryValue
County Kane County
Standard Zip Codes60510, 60539
Phone Area Codes630
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude41.85
Approximate Longitude-88.3

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)

StationAURORA
Distance6.5 miles
Jan Temp11 to 29 F
Apr Temp36 to 59 F
Jul Temp61 to 84 F
Oct Temp38 to 63 F
Annual Precip38.3 inches
StationWHEATON 3 SE
Distance13 miles
Jan Temp14 to 32 F
Apr Temp38 to 63 F
Jul Temp63 to 87 F
Oct Temp42 to 67 F
Annual Precip37.9 inches
StationMARENGO
Distance30.7 miles
Jan Temp11 to 28 F
Apr Temp37 to 59 F
Jul Temp62 to 85 F
Oct Temp39 to 63 F
Annual Precip36.4 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Aurora200,907$72,696
Geneva21,732$113,737
North Aurora17,612$91,570
St. Charles32,745$113,314

Batavia Public Libraries

Batavia Public Library District
10 SOUTH BATAVIA AVENUE
Batavia, Illinois
(630) 879-1393

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Batavia Public Schools

Alice Gustafson Elem School
905 Carlisle Rd
ZIP: 60510
(630) 937-8000
Primary
Total Enrollment 505
Batavia Sr High School
1201 Main St
ZIP: 60510
(630) 937-8600
High
Total Enrollment 1990
Grace Mcwayne Elementary School
3501 Hapner Way
ZIP: 60510
(630) 937-8100
Primary
Total Enrollment 409
H C Storm Elem School
305 N Van Nortwick Ave
ZIP: 60510
(630) 937-8200
Primary
Total Enrollment 453
Hoover Wood Elem School
1640 Wagner Rd
ZIP: 60510
(630) 937-8300
Primary
Total Enrollment 399
J B Nelson Elem School
334 William Wood Ln
ZIP: 60510
(630) 937-8400
Primary
Total Enrollment 500
Louise White Elem School
800 N Prairie St
ZIP: 60510
(630) 937-8500
Primary
Total Enrollment 398
Sam Rotolo Middle Sch
1501 S Raddant Rd
ZIP: 60510
(630) 937-8700
Middle
Total Enrollment 1429

Batavia Private Schools

Immanuel Lutheran School
950 Hart Rd
ZIP: 60510
Elementary
Total Enrollment 201
Montessori Academy
595 S River St
ZIP: 60510
Elementary
Total Enrollment 36
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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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