Algonquin, IL
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Algonquin is known as a great place to raise a family. In fact, it's consistently on lists for the best places to live and raise a family. Most residents here have a short commute time, which means that they often work within Algonquin or neighboring suburbs. The area offers excellent schools and a high percentage of families with children. Population here has been growing for the last two decades. Many newer residents are attracted to the small town feel with easy access to large city amenities.

Cost of Living

The cost of living in Algonquin is substantially higher than the state as a whole. Many of the residents here are professionals with a higher than average income. The home prices in this area are also substantially higher than the state average and homes are appreciating in value at a higher than average rate. While the cost of living is higher, residents here are rewarded with excellent school systems, well-maintained parks and streets, beautiful scenery, and a thriving main street business district. All of the amenities that residents here need are easily obtainable.


There are convenient travel options for those who reside in Algonquin, whether you're heading into the city or other parts of the state. For drivers, there are many famous and well-traveled roads, including Randall Road, Algonquin Road, and Lake Cook Road. There's also easy access to I-90. For those who wish to take the train, routes are available to take you to and from the Crystal Lake Metra Station with bus routes running regularly to travel the back into the village.


Algonquin is served by school districts 300 and 158, with about two thirds of the students utilizing the schools in District 300, based in nearby Carpentersville. Between these districts there are three high schools: Harry D. Jacobs High School, Dundee-Crown High School, and Huntley High School. There are numerous primary and middles schools within these two districts and there are several options for private education, as well. There are no colleges or universities within the village of Algonquin, but students interested in community college can enroll in nearby McHenry County College or Elgin Community College.


Algonquin boasts a number of fantastic festivals each year. The most famous is probably the Hill Climb Race which honors Algonquin's contribution to the automobile industry—in the early 1900s the Algonquin hills were used to test out new automobiles to see if they could make it to the top of these steep inclines. Other festivals include summer concerts and Holiday Rock on the Fox for the winter. Outside of these major events, Algonquin boasts numerous outdoor parks and recreation, as well as shopping and an abundance of restaurants.


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