McHenry, Illinois

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McHenry is a city in McHenry County, Illinois, United States. At the 2005 census, the city population was 24,631. McHenry was at one time the county seat of McHenry County. McHenry was named for Major William McHenry, an old Indian fighter.

McHenry is located northwest of Chicago in northern Illinois on the Fox River. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 12.1 square miles (31.4 km²), of which, 11.6 square miles (30.1 km²) of it is land and 0.5 square miles (1.3 km²) of it (4.05%) is water.

McHenry is surrounded by natural lakes and streams, remnants of receding glaciers from the last ice age. There are many moraine hills, peat bogs, and shallow nutrient-rich bogs. Moraine Hills State Park and Volo Bog State Natural Area preserve some of these unique natural features.[citation needed]



Major streets

  • Illinois 31.svg Richmond Road/Elm Street/Front Street
  • Illinois 120.svg Elm Street
  • Ringwood Road
  • Ridge Road
  • Curran Road
  • Bull Valley Road
  • McCullom Lake Road
  • Crystal Lake Road
  • Green Street
  • Charles J Miller Road
  • Chapel Hill Road
  • River Road
  • Draper Road
  • Martin Road
  • Riverside Drive
  • Pearl Street
  • Lincoln Road

The Fox River

McHenry lies within the watershed of the Fox river, and it's downtown area is situated on that river.[citation needed]


The population density was 1,850.2 per square mile (714.4/km²). There were 8,127 housing units at an average density of 699.4/sq mi (270.0/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 94.18% White, 0.35% African American, 0.21% Native American, 0.89% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 3.31% from other races, and 1.02% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 7.10% of the population.

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