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Cary, Illinois
Cary Sign.JPG
Cary sign near the train station
Country United States
State Illinois
County McHenry
Township Algonquin
Elevation 823 ft (251 m)
Coordinates 42°12′47″N 88°14′54″W / 42.21306°N 88.24833°W / 42.21306; -88.24833
Area 6.36 sq mi (16 km²)
 - land 6.27 sq mi (16 km²)
 - water 0.09 sq mi (0 km²)
Population 18,271 (2011)
Founded William Dennison Cary
Date 1833
Government Non-Home-Rule under Mayor/Trustee
 - location 655 Village Hall Drive
Cary, Illinois
Timezone CST (UTC-6)
 - summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Postal code 60013
Area code 847, 224

Cary is a village located in Algonquin Township, McHenry County, Illinois, United States. The population was 17,965 as of 2017.


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.


Cary is located at 42°12′47″N 88°14′54″W / 42.21306°N 88.24833°W / 42.21306; -88.24833 (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.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 161
1900 398
1910 679 70.6%
1920 463 −31.8%
1930 731 57.9%
1940 707 −3.3%
1950 943 33.4%
1960 2,530 168.3%
1970 4,358 72.3%
1980 6,640 52.4%
1990 10,043 51.3%
2000 15,531 54.6%
2010 18,271 17.6%
Est. 2015 17,965 −1.7%
U.S. Decennial Census

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.

Popular culture

The interior of the bed and breakfast room that Bill Murray's character stays in, in the 1993 film Groundhog Day, was built in a warehouse in Cary.

Suzanne Evenson of Cary was featured on HGTV's show House Hunters International on December 8, 2010, showcasing her family's move from Cary to Dubai.

Students from the class of 2004 were featured in the MTV show High School Stories. They concocted a senior prank which included launching a boat onto a pond on school property.

In the summer of 2016, Burger King opened it's first ever drive-thru only restaurant in Cary.


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.

Metra's Union Pacific/Northwest Line has a station in Cary, and operates daily service to Ogilvie Transportation Center in downtown Chicago.

Lake in the Hills Airport is approximately two miles west of Cary's west border.

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