Information about Elgin, Illinois
Located approximately 35 miles northwest of Chicago, Elgin lies along the Fox River. In 2014, the U.S. Census Bureau estimated the population of Elgin at 111,117 people, placing it among the 10 largest cities in Illinois. The median household income for 2010-2014 was $59,832, which was above the statewide median of $57,166.
Elgin is situated within Cook and Kane counties, which feature 4,000 of acres of forest preserves where residents and visitors alike can enjoy canoeing, fishing and equestrian trails. The Fox River Trail offers opportunities for hiking, biking, jogging and cross-country skiing, and the area boasts more than 1,600 acres of parks for other outdoor activities. Elgin also is a center for the arts in the Fox Valley, with its own symphony orchestra, museum and community theater.
Educational Opportunities In and Around Elgin
Students in Elgin can choose between a large public community college and a small private university. At Elgin Community College, they can pursue a vocational certificate or one of several associate's degrees, including the Associate in Arts, Associate in Engineering Science, Associate in Liberal Studies and Associate of Applied Science, among others. ECC had nearly 11,000 students as of Fall 2014.
Also in Elgin, Judson University offers bachelor's through doctoral degrees, as well as postbaccalaureate certificates. This school had almost 1,300 students as of Fall 2014, over 1,150 of whom were undergraduates. U.S. News & World Report ranked Judson University the 33rd best regional college in the Midwest for 2016.
Several other 4-year colleges and universities are located within a 25-mile commute of Elgin. These include Wheaton College in Wheaton, which U.S. News' ranked at #57 in the category of national liberal arts colleges, and Aurora University in Aurora. Two-year schools in the region include William Rainey Harper College in Palatine and the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn.
In 2014, education and health care were among leading industries in Elgin. Top employers included the Elgin School District, Advocate Sherman and Provena Saint Joseph hospitals, the Elgin Mental Health Center and Elgin Community College. Other major employers were J.P. Morgan Chase, Grand Victoria Casino, ball and rolling bearings manufacturer American NTN Bearing and John B. Sanfilippo (Fisher Nuts), which has its corporate headquarters in Elgin.