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Etymology: A ring of woods
Where the Past meets the Future
Location of Ringwood in McHenry County, Illinois.
Location of Ringwood in McHenry County, Illinois.
Location of Illinois in the United States
Location of Illinois in the United States
Country United States
State Illinois
County McHenry
Founded 15 November 1994
 • Total 3.86 sq mi (10.01 km2)
 • Land 3.86 sq mi (10.01 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
 • Total 844
 • Density 218.43/sq mi (84.34/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP Code(s)
Area code(s) 815
FIPS code 17-64135
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Ringwood is a northwest suburban village in McHenry County, Illinois, United States. It is a commuter village, part of the Chicago metropolitan area. The population was 836 at the 2010 census.



Ringwood was settled in 1837 by Dr. Luke Hale and Wm. H. Beach, both native to Vermont. The original settlement was supposedly surrounded by a ring of trees, hence the name 'Ringwood'.

Early development

The Ringwood post office was established in the 1845 to provide post office boxes for local industrial firms and residents located on the far northern edge of McHenry. The small village was platted in 1854, allowing the installation of roads, infrastructure, public amenities and allowing residents to legally own plots of land for agricultural use, and the construction of homes and business. Ringwood was incorporated as a village on the 15 November 1994 in an attempt to maintain its small-town environment.


Ringwood is located at 42°23′42″N 88°18′11″W / 42.39500°N 88.30306°W / 42.39500; -88.30306 (42.395084, -88.303030).

According to the 2010 census, Ringwood has a total area of 3.86 square miles (10.00 km2), all land.

Major streets

  • Illinois 31.svg Richmond Road
  • Barnard Mill Road
  • Ringwood Road


Historical population
Census Pop.
2000 471
2010 836 77.5%
2020 844 1.0%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2010, there were 836 people. The population density was 216.6 people per square mile (83.6/km2). There were 297 housing units at an average density of 76.9 per square mile (29.7/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 96.2% White, 0.8% African American, 0.2% Asian, 0.6% from other races, and 2.2% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3% of the population.

In the village, the population was spread out, with 26.9% (225) under the age of 18, 73.0% (611) over the age of 18, 3.2% (27) from 20 to 24, 5.5% (46) from 25 to 34, 27.6% (231) from 35 to 49, 23.3% (195) from 50 to 64, and 10.2% (85) were aged 65 or more. The median age was 42.4 years of age. 50.1% (419) were male, and 49.9 (417) were female.

There were 285 households, out of which 36.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 73.3% were married couples living together, 6.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.2% had a male householder with no wife present, and 17.2% were non-families. 13.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 3.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.93 and the average family size was 3.22. The median income for a household in the village was $90,250, and the median income for a family was $91,389. Males had a median income of $91,250 versus $37,500 for females. The per capita income for the village was $35,151. About 9.4% of families and 8.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.0% of those under age 18 and 6.7% of those age 65 or over.

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