Elgin, Illinois

Elgin: The second most populous city in Kane County, Illinois. It is located in the western part of the state. Elgin is known for its many manufacturing companies, its many parks and green spaces, and its many attractions, such as the Elgin Symphony Orchestra and the Elgin History Museum.


Elgin is a city located in the county of Kane in the U.S. state of Illinois. Its population at the 2010 census was 108,188 and a population density of 1,101 people per km². After 10 years in 2020 city had an estimated population of 110,196 inhabitants.

The city was created 189 years ago in 1834.

Elgin is a city located 35 miles northwest of Chicago in Kane County, Illinois. With over 110,000 residents, it is the eighth-largest city in the state.


Elgin was first settled along the Fox River in the 1830s. It grew significantly following the arrival of the railroad and establishment of the Elgin National Watch Company, which operated from 1864 to 1964. The city has a long tradition of manufacturing and innovation.


Major local employers include Sherman Health, Elgin Community College, School District U46, and the Grand Victoria Casino. Recent business growth areas include distribution, biotech, automation, and tourism. The city works to revitalize its downtown and riverfront.

Things to Do

Popular attractions include the Elgin Public Museum, Hemmens Cultural Center, Metra train station, unspoiled nature areas, and famous Festival Park along the river. There are also hiking trails, golf courses, entertainment venues, and summer festivals.

Cost of Living

Elgin has a relatively affordable cost of living compared to the Chicago metro area while still offering proximity to jobs and amenities. Median home prices are reasonable, making Elgin an attractive option for first-time buyers and families.


Elgin prides itself on strong civic groups, diversity, community spirit, and family-friendly offerings. Good schools, recreation, event calendar and engaged residents make Elgin a vibrant city with Midwestern charm.

Elgin locator map
Location of Elgin on Illinois map.

Quick Facts about Elgin

Population : 110,196 (2020)
Country : United States of America
State : Illinois (United States)
County : Kane County
Postal code : 60120–60125
Phone Area Codes : 847 - 224
Area : 98.25 km2
Official name : Elgin
Altitude : 899 feet / 274 meters
Establishment : January 01, 1835 (189 years ago)
Time Zone : UTC−05:00, UTC−06:00
Local time : 18:42:14 (27th February 2024)
Density : 1,122 Pop. per km² as of 2020
Population growth : 1.82% (2010-2020)
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Elgin Historic District - Elgin Historical Museum  360 Park 'Elgin  IL' 01 image


Elgin is located at 42°2'14"N 88°16'52"W (42.0372500, -88.2811900).

Elgin map


The population of Elgin increased by 1.82% in 10 years.

Year Population % Change Method
2010 108,188 - census
2011 109,218 0.94% estimation process
2012 109,699 0.44% estimation process
2013 110,126 0.39% estimation process
2014 111,027 0.81% estimation process
2015 111,949 0.82% estimation process
2016 112,223 0.24% estimation process
2017 112,056 -0.15% estimation process
2018 111,487 -0.51% estimation process
2019 110,785 -0.63% estimation process
2020 110,196 -0.53% estimation process

Elgin zip code is 60120. County name: Kane, County fips: 17089

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People born in Elgin (85)

People born in Elgin, including environmental scientist, teacher, and writer Donella Meadows, professional wrestler, lawyer, and actor David Otunga, actor, science fiction and suspense writer Bruce Boxleitner, .


Schools in Elgin

College & universities near Elgin, IL

Code Name City ZIP
146339 Judson University Elgin (IL) 60123-1498
144944 Elgin Community College Elgin (IL) 60123-7193
462309 J Renee College Elgin (IL) 60123
487533 Tricoci University of Beauty Culture-Elgin Elgin (IL) 60123-9412
457527 Ambria College of Nursing Hoffman Estates (IL) 60192

Stations (21)

Amtrak & bus stations near Elgin, IL

Code Name Address Type
NPV Naperville 105 E. Fourth Ave. RAIL
GLN Glenview station 1116 Depot St. RAIL
LAG La Grange Road 25 West Burlington St. RAIL
SMT Summit Archer Ave. and South Center Ave. RAIL
PLO Plano 101 West Main Street RAIL

Post offices near Elgin

Post Office Name City ZIP
Elgin Post Office Elgin (IL) 60120
Elgin West Sid Post Office Elgin (IL) 60123
Elgin West Side Annex Post Office Elgin (IL) 60123
South Elgin Post Office South Elgin (IL) 60177
Dund Post Office West Dundee (IL) 60118

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Other cities in Kane County

Cities, towns, neighborhoods & other populated places in Kane County , IL. (more)

City Name Population Title
Aurora 196,383 The second most populous city in Illinois.
Carpentersville 36,940 Village in Kane County, Illinois
St. Charles 32,974 Chicago suburb in Kane and DuPage counties of Illinois, United States
Batavia 26,442 City in Illinois USA
South Elgin 24,646 City in Illinois, United States of America
Geneva 21,674 County seat of Kane County, Illinois
Montgomery 20,181 Village in Kane and Kendall counties, Illinois, USA
North Aurora 18,144 City in Illinois, United States of America
Pingree Grove 9,986 Village in the United States
Sugar Grove 9,884 City in Kane County, Illinois, United States of America
West Dundee 8,768 City in Illinois, United States of America
Gilberts 8,071 Human settlement in Illinois, United States of America
Hampshire 6,207 Village in Illinois, United States
Elburn 6,098 City in Illinois, United States of America
Brookside 5,328 Township in Clinton County, Illinois
East Dundee 3,186 Village in United States of America

Distance to Other Cities

Elgin distances to largest Illinois cities