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Cary is a village in McHenry Countymarker, Illinoismarker, United Statesmarker. The population was 15,531 at the 2000 census. A 2003 special census put the village's population at 17,827.


Cary is located at (42.212432, -88.246830) .

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 5.3;square miles (13.8 km²), of which, 5.2 square miles (13.6 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.2 km²) of it (1.13%) is water. It is located on the Fox River, which runs through northern Illinois.


As of the census of 2000, there were 15,531 people, 4,962 households, and 4,108 families residing in the village. The population density was 2,956.3 people per square mile (1,142.2/km²). There were 5,037 housing units at an average density of 958.8/sq mi (370.4/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 95.53% White, 0.39% African American, 0.15% Native American, 1.35% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 1.84% from other races, and 0.71% from two or more races/ethnicities. Hispanic or Latino/Latina of any race were 5.43% of the population.

There were 4,962 households out of which 52.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 72.9% were married couples living together, 7.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 17.2% were non-families. 14.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.12 and the average family size was 3.48.

In the village the population was spread out with 34.8% under the age of 18, 6.0% from 18 to 24, 33.8% from 25 to 44, 19.4% from 45 to 64, and 6.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 97.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.7 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $76,801, and the median income for a family was $82,568. Males had a median income of $58,077 versus $32,851 for females. The per capita income for the village was $26,903. About 0.8% of families and 1.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 0.6% of those under age 18 and 3.4% of those age 65 or over.


As of 2006, there are four public elementary schools: Briargate, Maplewood, Three Oaks, and Deerpath (Grades K-4); two private elementary schools, one middle school: Prairie Hill (Grades 5-6), and one junior high school: Cary Junior High School (Grades 7-8). There is also a high school, Cary-Grove High School, which shares its student body with Fox River Grovemarker. Some students in Cary also attend schools in the elementary school district of Crystal Lake (DST. 47) and Community Unit School District 300, a large district based out of Carpentersvillemarker. The high school districts are 155 and Community Unit School District 300.


William Dennison Cary founded the town of Cary in the year 1841 when he purchased for $1.25 an acre. Three years later in 1844 he bought another . The total number of acres in Cary came to when his purchases were totaled.

Cary in 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.

Putting Cary on the Map

The owner and founder of Jimmy John's gourmet sandwiches, Jimmy John Liautaud, is from Cary and later attended college at UofI Champaign where the 1st location was started.

Scott Sidlo, owner of Sidlo Development, Inc. and Sidlo Holdings LLC was born and raised in Cary.



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