Tri-Cities, Illinois facts for kids
Clockwise from top: Fox River, Hotel Baker, State Street in Geneva, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, Batavia Depot Museum, Kane County Government Center, St. Charles Municipal Building
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A "vernacular region" is a distinctive area where the inhabitants collectively consider themselves interconnected by a shared history, mutual interests, and a common identity. Such regions are "intellectual inventions" and a form of shorthand to identify things, people, and places. Vernacular regions reflect a "sense of place," but rarely coincide with established jurisdictional borders.
The Tri-City area—the name sometimes appears as "Tri-Cities"—is primarily located in Kane County, though Batavia and St. Charles include parcels in DuPage County. They are often grouped together due to their shared history, close proximity on the Fox River, relative socioeconomic condition, and similar population sizes. These three communities are among the oldest in Kane County as well as the state, all having been incorporated long before Chicago.
History of the name
The name, "Tri-City" originated in 1910 with the publication of the first Tri-City Directory: Batavia, Geneva, St. Charles, by the Evans Directory Service of [Elgin, Illinois|Elgin], Illinois. There were ten editions of the Tri-City Directory published from 1910 to 1943. During this same period, the local telephone directories served all three cities, as well.
There are other origin stories. In 2011, Batavia Mayor Jeffery D. Schielke has theorized that the Tri-City moniker originated in the early 20th century from the deviation of the railroad track between Aurora and Elgin to the three cities, which conductors nicknamed the Tri-Cities. Former St. Charles mayor Norris has theorized that the nickname grew in popularity during the 1940s and 1950s, when the area experienced a relative population boom and the boundaries of the cities began to move closer and closer together. Nowadays, the Tri-City area is bonded by retail and industrial corridors on Kirk and Randall Roads, joint policy decisions, area organizations, and the Fox River.
- The Fabyan Windmill located in Geneva
- The Fabyan Villa in Geneva
- The Arcada Theater in St. Charles
- The historic Hotel Baker in downtown St. Charles.
- The Batavia Depot Museum in downtown Batavia.
- The Batavia Institute in Batavia, a former sanitarium where Mary Todd Lincoln stayed.
Points of Interest
- Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Batavia
- The Illinois Prairie Path and the Fox River Trail
- The historic downtowns of Batavia, Geneva and St. Charles
The following demographics represent an average of the three cities.
There were approximately 31,477 housing units in the Tri-City Area. The racial makeup of the area, on average, was 91.83% White, 1.80% Black or African American, 0.17% Native American, 2.40% Asian, 0.00% Pacific Islander, and 1.39% from two or more races. On average, Hispanic or Latino of any race were 7.30% of the population.
There were 30,666 households in the area. The average household size was 2.66.
In the city, the population was spread out with 26.47% under the age of 18, and 11.63% who were 65 years of age or older. The Tri-Cities are split fairly evenly between males and females, with a female population of 50.7%.
According to the 2008 U.S. Census Bureau estimate, the average median income for a household in the area was $87,861, the average median income for a family was $107,108 and the median home value was $290,567.
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- Bus transportation serviced by Pace
- Nearest Metra train stations are located in Geneva, Aurora, and Elgin.
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