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Overview

Introduction to Wauconda, Illinois

Wauconda, Illinois, in Lake county, is 11 miles NW of Palatine, Illinois (center to center) and 37 miles NW of Chicago, Illinois.

Wauconda History

Wauconda is believed to be named after an Indian Chief, who was buried on the bank of Lake Bangs. However, some also believe that the village derived its name from an Indian term meaning 'spirit water.' The area was first settled in by Justus Bangs. The village was organized in 1849, and the first post office was established on June 27, 1849. The first Baptist church of Wauconda was established by Elder Joel Wheeler of McHenry in 1838.

Wauconda and nearby Attractions

  • Chain O'Lakes State Park
  • Lake County Discovery Museum
  • Volo Auto Museum
  • Moraine Hills State Park
  • Deerfield Historic Village
  • Volo Bog State Natural Area

Things To Do In Wauconda

Wauconda is home to several parks and playgrounds including the Larkdale Park and the Cook Memorial Park. History buffs can visit the Fort Hill Heritage Museum, the Volo Auto Museum, the Lake County Discovery Museum, and the Raupp Memorial Museum. The Deerfield Historic Village is less than half an hour's drive away. Visitors can plan a day trip to the Volo Bog State Natural Area and Moraine Hills State Park. The Wauconda Area Public Library is an ideal destination for book lovers.

Wauconda Transportation

Chicago O'Hare International Airport is the nearest major airport.

Wauconda Higher Education

The College of Lake County, William Rainey Harper College, and McHenry County College are nearby.

Demographics

People

Total Population13,549
Male Share of the Population50%
Female Share of the Population50%
Senior Citizens10.6%
Employed Population 16+6,989
Age of the Population37

Families

% of people married54.9%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher38.1%
Median Earnings25+$43,150
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$33,031
Median Earnings With High School Degree$27,372

Wealth

Median Family Income$86,410
% Above Poverty Level95.3%
% Below Poverty Level4.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time32 minutes
% Working from Home6%
% Walking and Biking to Work1.7%
% Using Public Transportation1.5%

Housing

People Living Alone24.8%
Median Gross Rent$1,021
Median House Value$212,900

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)31.5%
German24.7%
Irish11.5%
Polish10.5%
Italian9.7%
English6.9%
Swedish3.4%
Norwegian2%
Scottish1.5%
Czech1.4%
Danishn1.3%
Russian1.1%
Greek0.9%
Dutch0.9%
French Except Basque0.8%
Welsh0.7%
Belgian0.6%
Ukrainian0.5%
Hungarian0.5%
Romanian0.5%
Finnish0.4%
Canadian0.4%
Lithuanian0.3%
Croatian0.3%
Portuguese0.2%
Austrian0.2%
West Indian0.1%
British0.1%
Swiss0.1%
Serbian0.1%
Slovene0.1%
Luxemburger0.1%
Turkish0.1%
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Wauconda Almanac

CategoryValue
County Lake County
Standard Zip Codes60084
Phone Area Codes224,847
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude42.26
Approximate Longitude-88.13

Wauconda Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationBARRINGTON 3 SW
Distance9.9 miles
Jan Temp10 to 27 F
Apr Temp36 to 57 F
Jul Temp62 to 82 F
Oct Temp39 to 61 F
Annual Precip36.5 inches
StationLAKE VILLA 2 NE
Distance12.6 miles
Jan Temp12 to 28 F
Apr Temp36 to 56 F
Jul Temp62 to 82 F
Oct Temp42 to 60 F
Annual Precip35.5 inches
StationANTIOCH
Distance15.7 miles
Jan Temp11 to 28 F
Apr Temp37 to 56 F
Jul Temp62 to 82 F
Oct Temp42 to 61 F
Annual Precip36.5 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Holiday Hills698$71,111
Island Lake8,025$83,807
Lake Barrington4,927$126,625
North Barrington2,972$166,750

Wauconda Public Libraries

Wauconda Area Public Library District
801 NORTH MAIN STREET
Wauconda, Illinois
(847) 526-6225

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Wauconda Public Schools

Robert Crown School
620 W Bonner Rd
ZIP: 60084
(847) 526-7100
Primary
Total Enrollment 936
Wauconda Cusd 118 Alop
555 N Main St
ZIP: 60084
(847) 526-7950
Other
Wauconda Grade School
225 Osage St
ZIP: 60084
(847) 526-6671
Primary
Total Enrollment 649
Wauconda High School
555 N Main St
ZIP: 60084
(847) 526-6611
High
Total Enrollment 1348
Wauconda Middle School
217 Slocum Lake Rd
ZIP: 60084
(847) 526-2122
Middle
Total Enrollment 534

Wauconda Private Schools

Transfiguration School
316 W Mill St
ZIP: 60084
Elementary
Total Enrollment 94
Waters Edge Waldorf School
150 W Bonner Rd
ZIP: 60084
Elementary
Total Enrollment 57
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