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Elgin is a city in Kane County, in the Chicago metro area. (The community straddles Kane and Cook counties; ePodunk links to the county with the greater share of population.)

The community was named for a hymn.
[NOTE: This is not the only community in Illinois named Elgin. For links to other places called Elgin, IL, see the Duplicate Names box at right.]

The latitude of Elgin is 42.037N. The longitude is -88.281W.

It is in the Central Standard time zone. Elevation is 745 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 97,117.


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Median household income
Local
$52,605
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Elgin demographic reports
Elgin is on the Fox River.
Gail Borden, inventor of condensed milk, started a factory here in 1865.

Watch-making became an important local industry in the 1860s.

Many of the city's Hispanic residents trace their roots to the Puerto Rican town of Aguada.
Filming location for:
· 1992 movie, "Hoffa"
Well-known residents have included:
· Bruce Boxleitner, actor
· Frederick L. Maytag, founder of the appliance company
Coffee: National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Caribou Coffee, Starbucks
Local festivals include:
  • Bubblefest - June 2, 2007
  • Elgin Fiesta Salsa - Sept. 15, 2007
Dates often change. Check Elgin web sites and events links in the sections below.
Performing arts: Elgin Symphony Orchestra, Janus Theatre Company
Historic sites and museums: Historical Radio Museum, Elgin Area Historical Society & Museum, Elgin Public Museum of History and Anthropology
Colleges and universities: Judson College, Elgin Community College
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was above the national average. (See library links below.)
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 109

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Sections below provide additional information and links about Elgin demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Kane County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, Chicago area jobs, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 60136 ZIP code.

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Ancestry & family history

20% of Elgin residents report German ancestry, and 9% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Elgin ancestry & family history guide.

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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Elgin was $21,112, compared with $21,587 nationally.

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21% of Elgin residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Historic districts in Elgin include Elgin Historic District, Spring-Douglas Historic District ... View historic districts

Housing & real estate

Median rent in Elgin, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $611.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $1,315.


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Libraries in Elgin include Gail Borden Public Library ... View libraries

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Newspapers in Elgin include Courier News

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Kane County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Elgin political report.

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Elgin restaurants taking online reservations include Prairie Rock Brewing Company - Elgin ... View restaurants

Traffic

The average commute time for Elgin workers is 26 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 11 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Elgin between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of 1.2 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.

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