McHenry County, Illinois is part of the Chicago metropolitan area. The county seat is Woodstock.
As the sixth largest county by population in Illinois, McHenry has long been known as a center of agriculture and recreation and more recently, has experienced rapid rates of urbanization ans suburbanization.
Named after Major William McHenry, an Indian fighter who died in Vandaliain 1835, McHenry County was formed in 1836 out of Cook and LaSalle Counties.
The county has a total area of 610.81 square miles of which 603.17 square miles is land and 7.64 square miles is water.
Adjacent counties to McHenry in Illinois include:
- Lake County (east)
- Cook County – (southeast)
- Kane County – (south)
- DeKalb County – (southwest)
- Boone County – (west)
Townships in McHenry County include:
Cities and Villages (listed in order of population) in McHenry County include:
Census designated places in McHenry County include:
- Wonder Lake – CDP
- Pistakee Highlands – CDP
Unincorporated Communities in McHenry County include:
Points of interest in McHenry County include: the Illinois Railway Museum, McHenry County Historical Museum, the Old McHenry County Courthouse, a variety of historical homes including the Orson Rogers House, George Stickney House, Charles H. Hibbard House, the Terwilliger House, the Count’s House, and the Dole Mansion.
McHenry County also has an active art and theater scene. The historic Woodstock Opera House and Crystal Lake’s Raue Center for the Arts both provide exceptional programs.
The county boasts several popular festivals throughout the year, such as the McHenry County Fair. Many towns in the county host their own festivals including: the Ground Hog Days in Woodstock, the Fall Fest in Huntley, the Summer Sunset Festival in Lake in the Hills, the Gala Festival in Crystal Lake, Milk Days in Harvard, Settler’s Days in Marengo, Cary Days in Cary, Founders Days in Algonquin, and Fiesta Days in McHenry.
The entire county is served by the McHenry County Conservation District, which provides a variety of recreational opportunities for residents. In addition, the Fox River and Chain O’Lakes offers opportunuity for boating, fishing, swimming, and other water activities. Other major lakes in the county include Crystal Lake, Wonder Lake, and McCullom Lake. There are also dozens of parks, golf courses, and country clubs throuout the county.
McHenry County IL Climate
McHenry County gets 36 inches of rain and 34 inches of snowfall per year. On average, there are 190 sunny days per year with July highs around 84 degrees and January lows around 12 degrees. The number of days with any measurable precipitation is 109. The comfort index, which is based on humidity during the hot months, is a 48 out of 100, where higher is most comfortable. The U.S. average on the comfort index is 44.
McHenry County IL People
As of 2012, the population of McHenry County is 308,760 with 512 people per square mile (population density). The median age is 37.8. 58.40% of people in the County are married and 8.29% are divorced. The average household size is 2.81 people. 40.37% of people are married with children and 9.54% have children and are single.
McHenry County IL Economy
The unemployment rate in McHenry County is 8.90%, with job growth of -0.48%. Future job growth over the next ten years is predicted to be 30.14%. McHenry County sales tax rate is 7.00% and income tax is 5.00%. The income per capita is $31,233, which includes all adults and children, and the median household income is $73,737.
The county’s economy centers primarily around agriculture, heath care, education,manufacturing, metalworking, media development and printing, transportation equipment, retail, food production, distribution, and technology. Major employment centers in McHenry County can be found in Crystal Lake, Algonquin, Huntley, McHenry, and the county seat of Woodstock.
Population by occupation:
- Management, Business, and Financial Operations 16.75%
- Professional and Related Occupations 18.42%
- Service 10.92%
- Sales and Office 28.48%
- Farming, Fishing, and Forestry 0.29%
- Construction, Extraction, and Maintenance 10.51%
- Production, Transportation, and Material Moving 14.63%
McHenry County IL Education and Schools
There are 20 school districts (online school directory with links) in McHenry County. Schools spend $4,823 per student. There are 19 pupils per teacher, 734 students per librarian, and 552 children per counselor .
McHenry County IL Real Estate and Housing
McHenry County offers a wide variety of new and resale properties. Homes range from one and two-story homes, single family, duplex, condominiums, luxury real estate and properties with views.
The median age of McHenry County IL real estate is 23 years. Renters make up 15.92% of the population and 5.90% of houses and apartments in in the County are unoccupied (vacancy rate). Visit Trulia for a current market overview (with heat map) of McHenry County Illinois real estate by zip code.
McHenry IL Hospitals/Medical Centers
- Mercy Harvard Hospital
- Centegra Northern Illinois Medical Center – McHenry
- Centegra Memorial Medical Center – Woodstock
McHenry County IL Transportation
The average one-way commute in McHenry County takes 38 minutes. 81% of commuters drive their own car alone, 8% carpool with others, 3% take mass transit and 5% work from home. Several Federal and state highways run through McHenry County. Highly traveled county highways include Randall Road, Algonquin Road, and Walkup Road.
McHenry is served by Metra Rail, with seven stations in the county, all of them located along the Union Pacific/Northwest Line. The county is also served by Pace, which provides three regular bus routes.
Chicago-O’Hare International Airport is approximately 30 to 40 miles from the county. Chicago Rockford International Airport, a busy cargo airport with limited, scheduled passenger service is located approximately 42 miles west of the central part of the county in Woodstock.
Community Resource Links
- Official McHenry County Website
- McHenry County Regional Office of Education
- McHenry County Public Library
- State of Illinois
- Illinois Department of Motor Vehicles
- Illinois State Tax Information
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