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Overview

Introduction to Woodstock, Illinois

Woodstock, Illinois, in McHenry county, is 21 miles NW of Elgin, Illinois and 51 miles NW of Chicago, Illinois. The city benefits from easy access to the nearby cities and towns with which it shares the Chicago metropolitan area.

Woodstock History

The original name of Woodstock was Centerville. The area was incorporated as a village in 1852. The population of the area increased substantially after the Civil War, which led to its incorporation as a city in 1873. At one time, around half of the world’s typewriters were manufactured in this area.

Woodstock and nearby Attractions

  • Illinois Railway Museum
  • McHenry County Historical Museum
  • Chester Gould Dick Tracy Museum
  • McHenry County Fairgrounds
  • Emrickson Park
  • Bull Valley Golf Course

Things To Do In Woodstock

Woodstock is listed in the National Register of Historic Places as a Distinctive Destination. The historic square is definitely worth a visit. It has a nostalgic atmosphere and several shops and other retail outlets. The Victorian buildings from the 19th century offer beautiful glimpses of the past.

Woodstock Transportation

Air transportation is available from Chicago O'Hare International Airport.

Woodstock Higher Education

Mchenry County College, Elgin Community College and the College of Lake County offer facilities for higher education.

People

Total Population 25,247
Male Share of the Population 49.4%
Female Share of the Population 50.6%
Senior Citizens 9.9%
Employed Population 16+ 12,504
Age of the Population 35

Families

% of people married 48.8%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 27.5%
Median Earnings25+ $37,014
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $23,275
Median Earnings With High School Degree $31,960

Wealth

Median Family Income $70,260
% Above Poverty Level 85.2%
% Below Poverty Level 14.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 30 minutes
% Working from Home 4.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.6%
% Using Public Transportation 3.6%

Housing

People Living Alone 29.5%
Median Gross Rent $939
Median House Value $168,000

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 29.4%
US/American 0%
English 6.1%
Irish 17.6%

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

Woodstock Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 21 miles NW of Elgin, Illinois (center to center)
Nearest Large City 51 miles NW of Chicago, Illinois
County McHenry
Standard Zip Codes 60098
Phone Area Codes 815
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.314
Longitude -88.448

Woodstock 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 MARENGO
Distance 8.9 miles
Jan Temp 11 to 28 F
Apr Temp 37 to 59 F
Jul Temp 62 to 85 F
Oct Temp 39 to 63 F
Annual Precip 36.4 inches
Station LAKE VILLA 2 NE
Distance 21.2 miles
Jan Temp 12 to 28 F
Apr Temp 36 to 56 F
Jul Temp 62 to 82 F
Oct Temp 42 to 60 F
Annual Precip 35.5 inches
Station WAUKEGAN
Distance 29 miles
Jan Temp 12 to 29 F
Apr Temp 36 to 55 F
Jul Temp 61 to 82 F
Oct Temp 41 to 62 F
Annual Precip 34 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Bull Valley 1,085 $128,750
Crystal Lake 40,635 $95,046
Greenwood 400 $78,750

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

Woodstock Public Libraries

Library
City Of Woodstock P.l.
414 W. JUDD
Woodstock, Illinois
(815) 338-0542
Library Web Site

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Woodstock Hospitals

MEMORIAL MEDICAL CENTER
(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
3701 DOTY ROAD
(815) 338-2500
Emergency Service: Yes

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Woodstock High Schools

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WOODSTOCK HIGH SCHOOL
501 W SOUTH ST
815-338-4370
Serves 1,766 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.8

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1200 CLAUSSEN DR
815-337-2974
A Special Education School
Serves 139 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 6.6

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1055 LAKE AVE
815-337-2980
A Special Education School
Serves 36 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 6

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815-338-5740
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