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Overview

Introduction to South Elgin, Illinois

South Elgin, Illinois, in Kane county, is 3 miles S of Elgin, Illinois and 34 miles W of Chicago, Illinois. It is part of the surrounding Chicago metro area.

South Elgin History

South Elgin began in 1847 around a gristmill dam that was built across the Fox River. At that time, the area was known as Clintonville. It started off as a railroad depot and rural farming community. Growth was slow in the initial years. In 1897, after the Elgin State Hospital was established, the area was officially incorporated as South Elgin.

South Elgin and nearby Attractions

  • Fox River Trolley Museum
  • Panton Mill Park
  • Jon Duerr Forest Preserve
  • Kane County Forest Preserves
  • Fox River Trail
  • Ferson Creek Fen Nature Preserve

Things To Do In South Elgin

Fox River is a popular recreation spot in South Elgin where one can go fishing, boating or swimming. There are forest preserves nearby which have several miles of hiking trails and paved bikeways winding under a canopy of trees. The Fox River Trail stretches for several miles and has many scenic locations for joggers, hikers and bikers.

South Elgin Transportation

Chicago O'Hare International is the closest major airport.

South Elgin Higher Education

Colleges around the area include Elgin Community College, McHenry County College and Waubonsee Community College.

People

Total Population 22,227
Male Share of the Population 47.5%
Female Share of the Population 52.5%
Senior Citizens 7.9%
Employed Population 16+ 11,532
Age of the Population 36

Families

% of people married 58.3%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 34.1%
Median Earnings25+ $49,422
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $28,611
Median Earnings With High School Degree $44,576

Wealth

Median Family Income $100,723
% Above Poverty Level 95.1%
% Below Poverty Level 4.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 31 minutes
% Working from Home 5.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1%
% Using Public Transportation 1.7%

Housing

People Living Alone 18.5%
Median Gross Rent $1,157
Median House Value $204,300

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 24.4%
US/American 0.1%
English 6.8%
Irish 14.3%

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

South Elgin Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 3 miles S of Elgin, Illinois (center to center)
Nearest Large City 34 miles W of Chicago, Illinois
County Kane
Standard Zip Codes 60177
Phone Area Codes 847
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.994
Longitude -88.292

South 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)

Station ELGIN
Distance 5 miles
Jan Temp 11 to 28 F
Apr Temp 36 to 58 F
Jul Temp 62 to 83 F
Oct Temp 40 to 62 F
Annual Precip 37.2 inches
Station AURORA
Distance 15.8 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 16.9 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Bartlett 41,552 $106,292
Elgin 112,105 $68,551

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

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