Cary sign near the train station
Location of Cary in McHenry County, Illinois.
Location of Illinois in the United States
|Founded by||William Dennison Cary|
|o Type||Non-Home-Rule under Mayor/Trustee|
|o Total||6.29 sq mi (16.30 km2)|
|o Land||6.22 sq mi (16.11 km2)|
|o Water||0.07 sq mi (0.20 km2)|
|Elevation||823 ft (251 m)|
|o Estimate (2016)||17,840|
|o Density||2,868.17/sq mi (1,107.47/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC-6 (CST)|
|o Summer (DST)||UTC-5 (CDT)|
|Area code(s)||847, 224|
|Wikimedia Commons||Cary, Illinois|
In 1841, William Dennison Cary purchased 82 acres (33 ha) for $1.25 an acre at the location of the current town and built a farm. In 1856, Cary included a train station for the Illinois & Wisconsin Railway. The site was approved and a post office was added with the designation "Cary Station." The community around Cary Station was incorporated in 1893 as Cary, Illinois. The town soon became a winter resort for skiing.
Early farmers saw this new railway as an opportunity. The economy relied heavily on selling produce, mainly pickles, and the farmers utilized the railway to conduct business with more industrialized cities such as St. Louis and Chicago. The success of this enterprise helped transform Cary into the suburban community it is today.
Cary is located at (42.2129566, -88.2483260).
According to the 2010 census, Cary has a total area of 6.358 square miles (16.47 km2), of which 6.27 square miles (16.24 km2) (or 98.62%) is land and 0.088 square miles (0.23 km2) (or 1.38%) is water. It is located on the Fox River.
The population of Cary, IL was 17,965 as of 2017. The racial makeup of the village was 86.50% White, 0.6% African American, 0.1% Native American, 2.4% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.1% from other races, and 1.4% from two or more races/ethnicities. Hispanic or Latino/Latina of any race were 8.9% of the population.
There were 6045 households out of which 2838 had children under the age of 18 living with them.
The median income for a household in the village was $96,894, and the median income for a family was $105,770.
Cary is mainly served by Community High School District 155 for high school students, specifically by Cary-Grove High School and Prairie Ridge High School, and School District 26 for elementary and middle school students. Some portions of Cary also are served by Crystal Lake Community Consolidated School District 47 and Community Unit School District 300.
Chris Rudolph of Cary was a contestant on TLC's "Spouse House" https://www.tlc.com/tv-shows/the-spouse-house/ It aired in July 2017.
U.S. Route 14, locally known as Northwest Highway, passes through Cary between its northwest and southeast borders.
Illinois Route 31 is near Cary's western border.
Lake in the Hills Airport is approximately two miles west of Cary's west border.