St. Charles History

"St Charles was the location of the Native American community for the chief of the Pottawatomie that inhabited the area. A city park overlooking the river was dedicated to this Native American past. After the Black Hawk War in 1832, the entire area of the Fox Valley was opened to American settlement. Evan Shelby and William Franklin staked the first claim in what is now St. Charles in 1833. They came back in 1834 with their families from Indiana, and were joined by over a dozen other families later that year. The township was initially known as Charleston, but this name was already taken by the downstate city of Charleston, Illinois so the name of St. Charles (suggested by S. S. Jones, a lawyer) was adopted in 1839. St. Charles became incorporated as a city in 1834, 3 years before the city of Chicago. Back then, the community was known for its foul odor of fish." Continue Reading on Wikipedia

Local Demographics

Estimated zip code population in 2013: 33,264

Houses and condos: 7,218

Renter-occupied apartments: 3,849

% of renters here: 29%

% of renters for Illinois: 34%

For Population 25 Years and Over:

High school or higher: 91.1%

Bachelor's degree or higher: 46.2%

Graduate or professional degree: 16.0%

Unemployed: 2.3%

Mean travel time to work (commute): 27.9 minutes

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