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Trout Valley
Location of Trout Valley in McHenry County, Illinois.
Location of Trout Valley 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
Township Algonquin
Founded March 19, 1996
 • Total 0.43 sq mi (1.11 km2)
 • Land 0.43 sq mi (1.11 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
 • Total 515
 • Density 1,203.27/sq mi (465.11/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP Code(s)
Area code(s) 847 & 224
FIPS code 17-76160
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Trout Valley is a village in McHenry County, Illinois, United States. It was incorporated as a village on 19 March 1996. At the 2010 census, the population was at 537.


Maxon Community Developers of Barrington, Illinois, founders and developers of nearby Streamwood, Barrington Woods, Brigadoon, and later Green Valley, Arizona purchased the Curtiss Candy Farms in 1952 from Otto Schnering, founder of the Curtiss Candy Company. The brothers Norm and Don Maxon promptly renamed it Trout Valley after Norman's passion for fly fishing.

The estate was once the private estate of John D. Hertz of Hertz Car Rentals, modeled during the gilded age after English estates complete with riding stables, polo grounds, trout fishing and pheasant hunting. Norman Maxon, an avid outdoorsman, reestablished the trout hatchery and approached National Homes of Lafayette, Indiana to develop Trout Valley as a national show case for their modular homes. By 1956, Trout Valley won the National Home development of the year and the concept of a homeowners association was conceived by C.E.O. Don Maxon as a way to maintain the integrity of Trout Valley.

Trout Valley was once part of unincorporated McHenry County until it became its own village. The residents attend schools in the Cary School District, and the village itself does not have any of its own schools, fire department, or police department. The land was once a farm owned by John D. Hertz and still contains residual structures from that period of time.

At the west side of the village, a magnificent arched set of iron gates with stone pillars mark the entrance at Cary-Algonquin Road. These were probably erected by Mr. Hertz in the 1920s. In 2006, this entrance was designated as a local landmark by the McHenry County Historic Preservation Commission. This protects and preserves the gates by an ordinance enacted by the McHenry County Board.

The first mayor of Trout Valley was Steve Barrett and the current mayor is Bob Baker.


Trout Valley is located at 42°11′57″N 88°15′12″W / 42.19917°N 88.25333°W / 42.19917; -88.25333 (42.199265, -88.253357).

According to the 2010 census, Trout Valley has a total area of 0.432 square miles (1.12 km2), of which 0.43 square miles (1.11 km2) (or 99.54%) is land and 0.002 square miles (0.01 km2) (or 0.46%) is water. There are various small ponds with streams that connect them. The village rests against the Fox River.


Historical population
Census Pop.
2000 599
2010 537 −10.4%
2020 515 −4.1%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 599 people, 197 households, and 176 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,399.7 people per square mile (537.8/km2). There were 200 housing units at an average density of 467.3 per square mile (179.6/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 94.66% White, 0.67% African American, 1.00% Asian, 1.17% from other races, and 2.50% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.17% of the population.

There were 197 households, out of which 40.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 85.3% were married couples living together, 3.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 10.2% were non-families. 6.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 3.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.04 and the average family size was 3.18.

In the village, the population was spread out, with 30.9% under the age of 18, 4.0% from 18 to 24, 23.9% from 25 to 44, 30.7% from 45 to 64, and 10.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females, there were 101.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.1 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $99,297, and the median income for a family was $102,603. Males had a median income of $91,504 versus $37,344 for females. The per capita income for the village was $58,013. About 3.3% of families and 3.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.2% of those under age 18 and 3.3% of those age 65 or over.

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