South Elgin, Illinois

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South Elgin is a village in Kane County, Illinois, United States. The population was 16,100 at the 2000 census, and estimated to be 20,758 as of 2005. In July 2007, Money magazine named South Elgin as 82 of 100 entries in its "America's Best Places To Live" edition.



South Elgin is located at 41°59′32″N 88°18′28″W / 41.99222°N 88.30778°W / 41.99222; -88.30778 (41.992283, -88.307858)[1], in the pleasant Fox River Valley. Once populated by Native Indians South Elgin and the other bordering towns Bartlett & St. Charles have done well in preserving this lands history. According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 6.4 square miles (17 km2), of which, 6.3 square miles (16 km2) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) of it (1.87%) is water.

In 1811 and 1812 the New Madrid fault cracked causing the largest earthquake in the history of the North American continent. It shook as far as the east coast as the bells in Boston rang for 4 minutes. The east coast experienced 6-7.0 shock waves from this midwest fault. The earthquake changed the geographic look to the midwest in some areas so bad that the Mississippi River ran backwards for 3 days. This destroyed a good amount of the Fox Valley tribes as landslides and poisonous waters spread disease throughout the area. A few years later the French and English went to war and invaded the Midwest thus killing most of the native Indians and or placing them in new locations as prisoners of war.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 16,100 people, 5,565 households, and 4,307 families residing in the village. The population density was 2,560.5 people per square mile (988.3/km²). There were 5,657 housing units at an average density of 899.7/sq mi (347.2/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 86.02% White, 2.58% African American, 0.17% Native American, 5.47% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 3.88% from other races, and 1.86% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 10.34% of the population.

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