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Barrington, IL is located a little over half an hour northwest of Chicago and is an affluent suburban village in Cook and Lake County. It is home to just under 7,000 residents, with an average age of 44. The median household income for Barrington is $114,000 and over 48% of residents have owned their homes for over 5 years. 14% of residents have purchased homes in the village in the past year.
About 42% of residents are married and additional 43% are married with children. An additional 10% of the population is made up of single people, most with kids. Crime in the area is lower, in most areas, than in the Chicago Metro area, which is significantly lower than the average for the rest of the county. For the most part, crime averages are well below the national average.
The average Barrington, IL home price averages just over $500,000 and about 3% of homes sold in the area during last six months. Real estate in Barrington, IL offers an average sale price of $153 per square foot, which is significantly higher than the national average as well as the rest of the state. Cost of living in the Barrington area is slightly more than 99k and the city offers a growing population of about 1% per year.
Barrington is relatively small in population, but currently offers seven separate banking institutions. The Chamber of Commerce also supports local businesses and currently lists over 750 members. There are a half-dozen car dealerships that provide the village with over half of its sales tax revenue. Another staple of the community is the Gatorade Sports Science Institute, which you can often see on the company’s commercials. The school district is the top employer in the city, followed closely by GE Healthcare.
Residents and visitors will enjoy a wide range of shopping opportunities throughout the city. Some of the most popular are the Ice House Mall and The Foundry. There are also a number of nature reserves and parks that allows residents to enjoy the outdoors and a few museums, theaters and other entertainment venues throughout the city.
The Village of Barrington also offers a number of annual events that take place, including a farmer’s market that is held every Thursday throughout the summer and fall. Over 500 people also enjoy the annual Scarecrow Festival that takes place in the fall.
Education in Barrington is phenomenal and schools are ranked highly according to greatschools.org; most fall into the 9 or 10 rating system. Some of the best schools are Hough Street Elementary School, Grove Avenue Elementary School and Roslyn Road Elementary School.
Although there are several elementary schools in the city, these schools are intended for students between the grades of PK and 5th grade. There is one dedicated high school and a separate middle school for kids in 6th through 8th grade.
Barrington Community Unit School District 220 services the entire city which is over 72 square miles. There are roughly 9,000 students in the district from pre-k through 12th grade. The majority of teachers in District 220 have received their Master’s degree or higher and 40 have earned the President’s award for Excellence in Teaching Math and Science.
The district is also often rated in the top 5% of the state’s school districts and has been named among the 600 top high schools in the nation. The elementary schools received the 2008 Academic Excellence Award and high school students average an average composite score of 25 on the ACT, which is 4 points higher than both the state and the national averages. According to education statistics over 60% of residents who are 18 and older have graduated with a bachelor’s degree or higher, which is 18 % higher than that of the rest of the county.
Barrington is a great place to raise a family and the majority or residents are young to middle aged families. There are a number of activities that residents can enjoy both inside the village as well as in the surrounding areas. It continues to grow and expand in its attempt to become one of the best communities in Illinois.