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Overview

Introduction to Sycamore, Illinois

Sycamore, Illinois, in De Kalb county, is 20 miles W of Elgin, Illinois and 53 miles W of Chicago, Illinois. The city benefits from easy access to the nearby cities and towns with which it shares the Chicago metropolitan area.

Sycamore History

The first European settlers of this area arrived in 1835, who settled along the north bank of the Kishwaukee River, which was at that time known as the Sycamore River. The town was originally platted by a man named Christian Sharer. It was officially incorporated as a village in 1858 and went on to become a city in 1869.

Sycamore and nearby Attractions

  • Ellwood House Museum and Park
  • Kishwaukee Country Club
  • Katz Park
  • Sycamore Community Golf Course
  • Great Western Nature Trail
  • Russell Woods Forest Preserve

Things To Do In Sycamore

The Sycamore Pumpkin festival is a famous local celebration which attracts thousands of people from the region. The Sycamore Historical District also has some very interesting architecture. It has more than 200 individual properties, and has been listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Sycamore Transportation

Greater Rockford Airport is the nearest major airport.

Sycamore Higher Education

Northern Illinois University, Kishwaukee College and Waubonsee Community College provide facilities for higher education.

Demographics

People

Total Population17,611
Male Share of the Population49.5%
Female Share of the Population50.5%
Senior Citizens13.2%
Employed Population 16+9,126
Age of the Population35

Families

% of people married46.8%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher38.8%
Median Earnings25+$41,040
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$14,028
Median Earnings With High School Degree$30,445

Wealth

Median Family Income$83,545
% Above Poverty Level92.5%
% Below Poverty Level7.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time25 minutes
% Working from Home5.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work1.8%
% Using Public Transportation0.4%

Housing

People Living Alone27.8%
Median Gross Rent$934
Median House Value$173,900

Ancestry

German36.3%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)18.2%
Irish17.1%
Polish8%
Italian8%
English7.9%
Swedish6%
Norwegian4.8%
Scottish2.6%
French Except Basque2.4%
Dutch1.7%
Belgian1.4%
Serbian1.3%
Czech0.9%
Danishn0.8%
African0.6%
Lithuanian0.6%
Croatian0.5%
Canadian0.5%
Greek0.5%
Romanian0.4%
Hungarian0.4%
Ukrainian0.3%
Swiss0.3%
Russian0.3%
Welsh0.2%
Finnish0.2%
Austrian0.2%
Slovak0.2%
West Indian0.1%
British0.1%
Macedonian0.1%
Australian0.1%
Luxemburger0.1%
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Sycamore Almanac

CategoryValue
County DeKalb County
Standard Zip Codes60178
Phone Area Codes815
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude41.98
Approximate Longitude-88.69

Sycamore Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationDE KALB
Distance7 miles
Jan Temp10 to 27 F
Apr Temp37 to 58 F
Jul Temp63 to 84 F
Oct Temp40 to 63 F
Annual Precip37.3 inches
StationROCHELLE
Distance20.7 miles
Jan Temp8 to 27 F
Apr Temp35 to 58 F
Jul Temp60 to 83 F
Oct Temp37 to 62 F
Annual Precip33.6 inches
StationAURORA
Distance24.7 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Burlington634$96,154
Cortland4,135$79,408
DeKalb43,269$61,164
Genoa4,930$60,494
Maple Park1,273$70,682

Sycamore Public Libraries

Sycamore Public Library
103 EAST STATE STREET
Sycamore, Illinois
(815) 895-2500

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Sycamore Hospitals

Thc Chicago, Inc. - Dba Kindred Hospital - Sycamore
(Proprietary)
225 Edward Street
(815) 895-2144

Sycamore Public Schools

North Elementary School
1680 Brickville Rd
ZIP: 60178
(815) 899-8209
Primary
Total Enrollment 284
North Grove Elementary School
850 Republic Ave
ZIP: 60178
(815) 899-8124
Primary
Total Enrollment 423
South Prairie Elementary School
820 Borden Ave
ZIP: 60178
(815) 899-8299
Primary
Total Enrollment 324
Southeast Elem School
718 S Locust St
ZIP: 60178
(815) 899-8219
Primary
Total Enrollment 317
Sycamore High School
427 Spartan Trl
ZIP: 60178
(815) 899-8160
High
Total Enrollment 1184
Sycamore Middle School
150 Maplewood Dr
ZIP: 60178
(815) 899-8170
Middle
Total Enrollment 925
West Elem School
240 Fair St
ZIP: 60178
(815) 899-8199
Primary
Total Enrollment 293

Sycamore Private Schools

Cornerstone Christian Academy
355 N Cross St
ZIP: 60178
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 233
Montessori Childrens House Of Sycamore And Dekalb
26555 Brickville Rd
ZIP: 60178
Elementary
Total Enrollment 8
St Mary's Catholic School
222 Waterman St
ZIP: 60178
Elementary
Total Enrollment 191
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