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Overview

Introduction to Elgin, Illinois

Elgin, Illinois, in Kane county, is 34 miles W of Chicago, Illinois. The people of the city are in the Chicago metropolitan area.

Elgin History

The present day city of Elgin was originally inhabited by the Native American tribes. The area was settled in by the whites after the Black Hawk Indian War of 1832. James T. Gifford and Hezekiah Gifford, two brothers from New York, established the city in April 1835. It was named after the 'song of Elgin', the Scottish hymn. The Galena & Chicago Union Railroad entered the city in 1849. The city is the home of the Elgin Watch Company, the leading producer of watches in Unites States.

Elgin and nearby Attractions

  • Historical Radio Museum
  • Fox River Trolley Museum
  • Santa's Village - Illinois
  • Racing Rapids
  • Elgin Area Historical Society & Museum
  • Ferson Creek Fen Nature Preserve

Things To Do In Elgin

There are several parks and playgrounds in Elgin including the Wing Park, Zayres Park, Channing Park, and Wright Avenue Park. Leisure time can be spent at the Elgin Shores County Forest Preserve and Poplar Creek County Forest Preserve. The Elgin Fire Barn No. 5 Museum, Elgin Public Museum, and Elgin Area Historical Society Museums are worth visiting. While staying in the city, you can enjoy shopping at the Wing Park Manor Shopping Center, Summit Square Shopping Center, Town and Country Plaza Shopping Center, Clock Tower Plaza Shopping Center, Tyler Creek Plaza Shopping Center, and Fox River Plaza Shopping Center.

Elgin Transportation

International flights are available from Chicago O’Hare International Airport.

Elgin Higher Education

Elgin Community College and Judson College are the local colleges.

Demographics

People

Total Population111,919
Male Share of the Population50.6%
Female Share of the Population49.4%
Senior Citizens10.6%
Employed Population 16+53,244
Age of the Population34

Families

% of people married49.7%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher24.3%
Median Earnings25+$32,953
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$22,482
Median Earnings With High School Degree$26,005

Wealth

Median Family Income$68,347
% Above Poverty Level85.4%
% Below Poverty Level14.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time29 minutes
% Working from Home3.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work1.4%
% Using Public Transportation2.6%

Housing

People Living Alone22.6%
Median Gross Rent$991
Median House Value$166,500

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)56.3%
German15.6%
Irish7.6%
Italian5%
Polish4.3%
English3.7%
Swedish2%
Norwegian1.4%
French Except Basque1.3%
Scottish1%
Czech0.9%
African0.8%
Greek0.8%
Ukrainian0.6%
Dutch0.5%
Danishn0.5%
Lithuanian0.4%
Hungarian0.3%
Finnish0.3%
Swiss0.3%
Canadian0.3%
Welsh0.3%
Slovak0.2%
Russian0.2%
Belizean0.2%
West Indian0.2%
Bulgarian0.2%
Ghanaian0.1%
South African0.1%
Turkish0.1%
Icelander0.1%
Lebanese0.1%
Arab0.1%
US/American0.1%
Austrian0.1%
Belgian0.1%
Serbian0.1%
Portuguese0.1%
Croatian0.1%
Slovene0.1%
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Elgin Almanac

CategoryValue
County Kane County
Standard Zip Codes60123, 60120, 60124
P.O. Box Zip Codes60121
Phone Area Codes224, 630, 847
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude42.03
Approximate Longitude-88.28

Elgin Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationELGIN
Distance2 miles
Jan Temp11 to 28 F
Apr Temp36 to 58 F
Jul Temp62 to 83 F
Oct Temp40 to 62 F
Annual Precip37.2 inches
StationAURORA
Distance18.8 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
Distance18.8 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Bartlett41,475$109,500
East Dundee3,125$77,500

Elgin Public Libraries

Gail Borden Public Library District
270 NORTH GROVE AVENUE
Elgin, Illinois
(847) 742-2411

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Elgin Hospitals

Advocate Sherman Hospital
1425 North Randall Road
(847) 742-9800
Presence Hospitals Prv - Dba Presence Saint Joseph Hospital - Elgin
77 North Airlite Street
(847) 695-3200

Elgin Public Schools

Central School Program
355 E Chicago St
ZIP: 60120
(847) 888-5340
High
Total Enrollment 105
Channing Memorial Elem School
63 S Channing St
ZIP: 60120
(847) 888-5185
Primary
Total Enrollment 622
Coleman Elem School
1220 Dundee Ave
ZIP: 60120
(847) 888-5190
Primary
Total Enrollment 569
Elgin High School
1200 Maroon Dr
ZIP: 60120
(847) 888-5100
High
Total Enrollment 2468
Ellis Middle School
225 S Liberty St
ZIP: 60120
(847) 888-5151
Middle
Total Enrollment 600
Garfield Elem School
420 May St
ZIP: 60120
(847) 888-5192
Primary
Total Enrollment 424
Gifford St Regional Safe Sch Prog
46 S Gifford St
ZIP: 60120
(630) 232-5963
Other
Total Enrollment 8
Gifford Street High School
46 S Gifford St
ZIP: 60120
(847) 888-5000
High
Total Enrollment 164
Hilltop Elementary School
1855 Rohrson Rd
ZIP: 60120
(847) 289-6655
Primary
Total Enrollment 671
Huff Elem School
801 Hastings St
ZIP: 60120
(847) 888-5285
Primary
Total Enrollment 655
Larsen Middle School
665 Dundee Ave
ZIP: 60120
(847) 888-5250
Middle
Total Enrollment 709
Lords Park Elem School
323 Waverly Dr
ZIP: 60120
(847) 888-5360
Primary
Total Enrollment 756
Mckinley Elem School
258 Lovell St
ZIP: 60120
(847) 888-5262
Primary
Total Enrollment 407
Ronald D O Neal
510 Franklin Blvd
ZIP: 60120
(847) 888-5266
Primary
Total Enrollment 562
Abbott Middle School
949 Van St
ZIP: 60123
(847) 888-5160
Middle
Total Enrollment 497
Century Oaks Elem School
1235 Braeburn Dr
ZIP: 60123
(847) 888-5180
Primary
Total Enrollment 548
Creekside Elem
655 N Airlite St
ZIP: 60123
(847) 289-6270
Primary
Total Enrollment 659
Harriet Gifford Elem School
240 S Clifton Ave
ZIP: 60123
(847) 888-5195
Primary
Total Enrollment 541
Highland Elem School
190 N Melrose Ave
ZIP: 60123
(847) 888-5280
Primary
Total Enrollment 515
Hillcrest Elem School
80 N Airlite St
ZIP: 60123
(847) 888-5282
Primary
Total Enrollment 652
Illinois Park Elem School
1350 Wing St
ZIP: 60123
(847) 289-6041
Primary
Total Enrollment 442
Kimball Middle School
451 N Mclean Blvd
ZIP: 60123
(847) 888-5290
Middle
Total Enrollment 641
Larkin High School
1475 Larkin Ave
ZIP: 60123
(847) 888-5200
High
Total Enrollment 1947
Lowrie Elem School
264 Oak St
ZIP: 60123
(847) 888-5260
Primary
Total Enrollment 400
Washington Elem School
819 W Chicago St
ZIP: 60123
(847) 888-5270
Primary
Total Enrollment 438
Country Trails Elem
3701 Highland Woods Blvd
ZIP: 60124
(847) 717-8000
Primary
Total Enrollment 554
Otter Creek Elem School
2701 Hopps Rd
ZIP: 60124
(847) 888-6995
Primary
Total Enrollment 853
Prairie Knolls Middle Sch
225 Nesler Rd
ZIP: 60124
(847) 464-6043
Middle
Total Enrollment 569
Prairie View Grade School
10n630 Nesler Rd
ZIP: 60124
(847) 464-6043
Primary
Total Enrollment 576

Elgin Private Schools

Bethlehem Lutheran Child Dev Center
340 Grand Blvd
ZIP: 60120
Elementary
Total Enrollment 6
Elgin Academy
350 Park St
ZIP: 60120
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 425
Institute Of Islamic Education
1048 Bluff City Blvd
ZIP: 60120
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 113
St Johns Lutheran School
109 N Spring St
ZIP: 60120
Elementary
Total Enrollment 188
St Joseph Catholic School
274 Division St
ZIP: 60120
Elementary
Total Enrollment 181
St Mary School
103 S Gifford St
ZIP: 60120
Elementary
Total Enrollment 220
Hamilton Academy
665 Tollgate Rd Ste D
ZIP: 60123
Secondary
Total Enrollment 18
Harvest Christian Academy
1000 N Randall Rd
ZIP: 60123
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 529
Highland Christian Academy
2250 W Highland Ave
ZIP: 60123
Elementary
Total Enrollment 86
Kindercare Learning Center
2395 Bowes Rd
ZIP: 60123
Elementary
Total Enrollment 9
Larkin Center School
515 Sports Way
ZIP: 60123
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 50
St Edward Central Catholic High School
335 Locust St
ZIP: 60123
Secondary
Total Enrollment 430
St Laurence Elementary School
572 Standish St
ZIP: 60123
Elementary
Total Enrollment 195
St Thomas More Elementary School
1625 W Highland Ave
ZIP: 60123
Elementary
Total Enrollment 234
Summit School
333 W River Rd
ZIP: 60123
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 79
The Einstein Academy
747 Davis Rd
ZIP: 60123
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 89
Da Vinci Academy
37w080 Hopps Rd
ZIP: 60124
Elementary
Total Enrollment 114
The Goddard School Of Elgin
2496 Bushwood Dr
ZIP: 60124
Elementary
Total Enrollment 20
Westminster Christian School
2700 W Highland Ave
ZIP: 60124
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 428
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