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City of Geneva

  •   State: 
    Kane County
      County FIPS: 
    41°53′N 88°19′W
      Area total: 
    10.20 sq mi (26.43 km²)
      Area land: 
    9.97 sq mi (25.81 km²)
      Area water: 
    0.24 sq mi (0.62 km²)
    725 ft (221 m)
    1835Founded 1835; Incorporated (As Village) 1867; Incorporated (As City) 1887
  •   Latitude: 
      Dman name cbsa: 
    Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI
    Eastern Standard Time (EST) UTC-5:00; Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) UTC-4:00
      ZIP codes: 

    Geneva, Kane County, Illinois, United States

  •   Population: 
      Population density: 
    2,146.60 residents per square mile of area (828.84/km²)
      Household income: 
      Unemployment rate: 
  •   Sales taxes: 
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Geneva is a city in and the county seat of Kane County, Illinois, United States. Per the 2020 census, the population was 21,393. The area experienced rapid population growth from the late 1980s through the mid-2000s as the Chicago suburbs spread to the west. Geneva is a popular tourist destination with its scenic location along the Fox River and numerous shops and restaurants. Geneva has an active historical society, the Geneva History Center, located in downtown Geneva as well as the Fabyan Windmill, an old Dutch windmill dating back to the 1850s. In 2013 it was nominated by Bloomberg Businessweek as the best place to raise a kid in Illinois. It is located at 41°53'9" North, 88°18'42" West (41.885722, 88.311771) and is 58 miles (58 km) west of downtown Chicago. According to the 2010 census, Geneva has a total area of 9.994 square miles (25.88 km²) (or 97.56%) is land and 0.244 sq miles (0.63 km²), (or 2.44%) is water. It was first settled in the 1830s on an important route from Chicago. Daniel Shaw Haight was the first European settler in Geneva. He sold his claim in 1835 to James and Charity Herrington, who were influential in the creation of the town of Geneva. A local's connections with Col. Richard Hamilton, a prominent Cook County politician, led to the naming Geneva as county seat in 1836.


Geneva is located at 41°53'9" North, 88°18'42" West (41.885722, 88.311771), 36 miles (58 km) west of downtown Chicago. According to the 2010 census, Geneva has a total area of 9.994 square miles (25.88 km²) of which 97.56% is land and 0.244 sq miles (0.63km²) (or 2.44%) is water. Geneva is located on the Illinois River, which flows through the city. The city is located in the Chicago Metropolitan Statistical Area, which is part of the Chicago-Napoleon Urban Statistical Area. It is the only city in the U.S. state of Illinois with a population of more than 100,000. Geneva's population is estimated to be around 1,000,000 as of the census of 2010. It has a population density of 1,100,000 people per square mile (450,000 per km²), which is about 2.4% higher than the national average. The town has a water supply of 1.4 square miles per square kilometer (1.4 sq mi) and has a surface of 9,994 square acres (25,881 km²). It is located near Chicago's O'Hare International Airport and the Illinois Turnpike, which connects the city to Chicago via the Chicago River and the Chicago Skyway. It also has a lake, the Illinois Dells, which runs through Geneva.


Geneva was first settled in the 1830s on an important route from Chicago. The Fabyan Windmill is an authentic, working Dutch windmill dating from the 1850s. The Sacred Heart Seminary Shrine is a stone and mosaic religious Chapel located in Geneva. Elizabeth Place or the Henry Bond Fargo House is a historic residence in Mission Revival style in Geneva in the Gunnar Anderson Forest Preserve along the Fox River, near the old Sacred Heart Monastery. The altar is inscribed with the letters "IHS," referencing the first three letters of Jesus in the first book of the New Testament. The church has frequently been the victim of vandal, who have damaged the stone walls and mosaics on the stone structure, leaving pieces of stone on the ground on October 21, 2014. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places on May 12, 2008, as part of the Geneva Historic Places. It is located in the Kane County Forestpreserve District, just north of Batavia, off Route 25. It sits next to the Government Center, which was built in the early 1900s in the Gothic Revival style. It has been listed on the U.S. Register of National Historic Places as the Geneva Grotto. It also sits on the onetime estate of Colonel George FabyAn, who was a prominent local businessman. It originally operated as a custom grinding mill, but is now part of a forest preserve. The windmill was selected to be on a postage stamp, aspart of a series of five windmills in a stamp booklet called "Windmills USA".


Geneva has been home to the Kane County Cougars since 1991. The Cougars currently play at Northwestern Medicine Field. In 2021 they will join the American Association of Professional Baseball. In 2015 the Chicago Steel of the United States Hockey League moved to Geneva from Bensenville, Illinois and play at Fox Valley Ice Arena. The Chicago Steel are a member of the U.S. Hockey League and play in the National Hockey League. They are currently in the American Hockey League, playing in the Hersheypark Stadium in Chicago. They were previously in the Midwest League and played in the Chicago White Sox organization. They moved to the Geneva area in 1991 when the Wausau Timbers relocated from Wausausau, Wisconsin. They currently play for the Geneva Cougars of the American Baseball League. In 2011 the Cougars won their first league championship in 20 years. They also won their second league title in 2012. They won their third title in 2013. They have won two league titles in a row in 2014 and 2015. They last won the league in 2012 and 2013. In 2014 they won their fourth title in the league, beating the St. Louis Cardinals in the final game of the season. They lost their fifth title in 2015 and lost their sixth in 2015. The team has won three league titles since moving to Geneva in 1991. They haven't won a league championship since 2002. The last time they won a championship was in 2003. They had won the title in 2004 and 2005. The club has won four league titles and lost the other two.


Geneva is served by Chicago Midway International Airport, Chicago O'Hare International Airport and Dupage Airport. The city also benefits from highways running through the city, including State Routes 25, 31, 38 with easy access to Interstate 88. As a part of the Chicago metropolitan area, Geneva has a station on the Union Pacific/West line of the Metra commuter rail system. It provides frequent service to downtown Chicago, 36 miles (58 km) away, and extends west to Elburn. The following bus routes run through this city: Route 529 - Randall Rd / 5th Street, Route 801 - Elgin / Geneva, Route 802 - Aurora / St. Charles, and Route 803 - Aurora/Geneva / Elgin. It is also served by the Pace bus system run by Chicago's suburbs, which runs through Geneva and the surrounding suburbs. It also has the following train stations: Geneva, Elgin, Aurora, Elburn, and Elgin/Genevra, as well as the Elgin-Aurora-Genevran line, which provides service to the city from Elgin and Aurora. The Geneva-Elgin line provides service from the city to the town of Elgin in the suburbs, and to Elgin on the Illinois Turnpike. It runs through the village of Geneva, which is located in the western suburbs of the city. It has a train station at Geneva, Illinois, on the Chicago-Illinois-Wisconsin line. The station is on the U.S. Route 50.


As of the 2010 United States Census there were 21,495 people, 7,865 households, and 5,927 families residing in the city. There were 8,278 households, out of which 37.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 63.8% were married couples living together, 8.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.6%) were non-families. The average household size was 2.72 and the average family size was 3.18. As of 2011 the median income for a household in theCity was $93,588. Males had a median income of $65,103 versus $38,520 for females. The per capita income for the city was $42,995. About 3.7% of families and 4.4% of the city's population were below the poverty line, including 4.5% of those under 18 and 3.8%) of those ages 65 and older. The US Census treats Hispanic/Latino as an ethnic category. This table excludes Latinos from the racial categories and assigns them to a separate category. Hispanics/Latinos can be of any race. The city is located on the U.S.-Mexico border. It is located near the border with Mexico. It has a population of 19,515 people, with 6,895 housing units, and a population density of 2,321.4 inhabitants per square mile (896.3/km²).


Geneva School District 304 includes the following schools: elementary, middle and high schools. Geneva High School is the only high school in the district. The district also includes two middle schools and one high school. The school district is part of the Ohio Board of Education. It was founded in 1894 and has been in existence since 1894. It is the largest school district in the state, with more than 1,000 students. It also has the largest enrollment in Ohio, with nearly 1,200 students in grades 7-12. It has one of the largest enrollments in Ohio in terms of students aged 6-12, with about 1,800 students. The District has a population of about 2,000,000 people. The majority of its schools are located in the town of Geneva, Ohio. The city's population is about 3,000. It's the largest district in Ohio by far, with over 1,100 students in the school district's 6th grade through 12th grade classes. The area has a high school population of 1,400. The highest school population is 1,500. The town has a total enrollment of 2,500 students in high school and 1,300 in middle school and high school levels. The largest school population in high schools is 2,200, with 1,700 students in middle and senior high school grades. The average school population for high school students is about 4,200. In 2008, the district had 2,400 students in its high school classes.

Annual events

Swedish Days and the Festival of the Vine are two of the city's annual events. Other events include the Concours d'Elegance, the Christmas Walk and the Arts Fair. The city is also home to a number of other cultural events, such as the Winter Olympics and the Winter Paralympic Games.

Media and entertainment

Harry and Tonto (1974) starring Art Carney and directed by Paul Mazursky. Road to Perdition (2002) starring Tom Hanks, Paul Newman, and Jude Law was filmed in downtown Geneva. Novocaine (2001) starring Steve Martin was filmed at the Geneva Motel on the East Side of Geneva. The Resurrection of Gavin Stone (2017) starring Brett Dalton was filmed on Dodson Place. The Geneva Courthouse is located on the edge of the city's downtown area. It is home to a number of historic buildings, including the Courthouse, the Hotel du Centre, and the Grand Hotel. The Courthouse was built in the 17th century, and was the site of the first European settlement in the 16th century. It was also home to the first American settlement in 17th Century, when the first Americans arrived in the 18th Century. The Grand Hotel was built on the site in the 19th century and is still used as a hotel today. The hotel was also used for the filming of several Hollywood films, including The Wizard of Oz and The Godfather, among others. The Hotel du Luxembourg is located in the heart of downtown Geneva and was used as the setting for the film "The Godfather" (1949) and "The Wizard of Waverly Place" (1960). The hotel is also the location of the famous "Geneva Hotel" which opened in the early 1900s and is now known as the "Geneve Hotel".

Air Quality, Water Quality, Superfund Sites & UV Index

The Air Quality index is in Geneva, DuPage County, Illinois = 46.3. These Air Quality index is based on annual reports from the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The number of ozone alert days is used as an indicator of air quality, as are the amounts of seven pollutants including particulates, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, lead, and volatile organic chemicals. The Water Quality Index is 60. A measure of the quality of an area’s water supply as rated by the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The EPA has a complex method of measuring the watershed quality, using 15 indicators such as pollutants, turbidity, sediments, and toxic discharges. The Superfund Sites Index is 71. Higher is better (100=best). Based upon the number and impact of EPA Superfund pollution sites in the county, including spending on the cleanup efforts. The UV Index in Geneva = 3.5 and is a measure of an area's exposure to the sun's ultraviolet rays. This is most often a combination of sunny weather, altitude, and latitude. The UV Index has been defined by the WHO ( and is uniform worldwide.


The most recent city population of 21,393 individuals with a median age of 35.1 age the population grows by 25.18% in Geneva, DuPage County, Illinois population since 2000 and are distributed over a density of 2,146.60 residents per square mile of area (828.84/km²). There are average 2.88 people per household in the 9,849 households with an average household income of $89,481 a year. The unemployment rate in Alabama is of the available work force and has dropped -4.37% over the most recent 12-month period and the projected change in job supply over the next decade based on migration patterns, economic growth, and other factors will increase by 21.16%. The number of physicians in Geneva per 100,000 population = 132.5.


The annual rainfall in Geneva = 35.3 inches and the annual snowfall = 29.2 inches. The annual number of days with measurable precipitation (over .01 inch) = 106. The average number of days per year that are predominantly sunny = 189. 85 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily high temperature for the month of July and 13.4 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily low temperature for the month of January. The Comfort Index (higher=better) is 45, where higher values mean a more pleasant climate. The Comfort Index measure recognizes that humidity by itself isn't the problem. (Have you noticed nobody ever complains about the weather being 'cold and humid?) It's in the summertime that we notice the humidity the most, when it's hot and muggy. Our Comfort Index uses a combination of afternoon summer temperature and humidity to closely predict the effect that the humidity will have on people.

Median Home Cost

The percentage of housing units in Geneva, DuPage County, Illinois which are owned by the occupant = 81.32%. A housing unit is a house, apartment, mobile home, or room occupied as separate living quarters. The average age of homes = 21 years with median home cost = $300,460 and home appreciation of -9.88%. This is the value of the years most recent home sales data. Its important to note that this is not the average (or arithmetic mean). The median home price is the middle value when you arrange all the sales prices of homes from lowest to highest. This is a better indicator than the average, because the median is not changed as much by a few unusually high or low values. The property tax rate of $19.77 shown here is the rate per $1,000 of home value. If for simplification for example the tax rate is $14.00 and the home value is $250,000, the property tax would be $14.00 x ($250,000/1000), or $3500. This is the 'effective' tax rate.


The local school district spends $4,872 per student. There are 18.6 students for each teacher in the school, 1138 students for each Librarian and 1122 students for each Counselor. 6.95% of the area’s population over the age of 25 with an Associate Degree or other 2-year college degree, 31.61% with a master’s degree, Ph.D. or other advanced college degree and 18.85% with high school diplomas or high school equivalency degrees (GEDs).

  • Geneva's population in Kane County, Illinois of 2,446 residents in 1900 has increased 8,75-fold to 21,393 residents after 120 years, according to the official 2020 census.

    Approximately 49.96% female residents and 50.04% male residents live in Geneva, DuPage County, Illinois.

    As of 2020 in Geneva, DuPage County, Illinois are married and the remaining 32.02% are single population.

  • 31.5 minutes is the average time that residents in Geneva require for a one-way commute to work. A long commute can have different effects on health. A Gallup poll in the US found that in terms of mental health, long haul commuters are up to 12 percent more likely to experience worry, and ten percent less likely to feel well rested. The Gallup poll also found that of people who commute 61­–90 minutes each day, a whopping one third complained of neck and back pain, compared to less than a quarter of people who only spend ten minutes getting to work.

    82.89% of the working population which commute to work alone in their car, 4.85% of the working population which commutes to work in a carpool, 5.52% of the population that commutes using mass transit, including bus, light rail, subway, and ferry. 3.86% of the population that has their home as their principal place of work.

  • Of the total residential buildings in Geneva, DuPage County, Illinois, 81.32% are owner-occupied homes, another 15.41% are rented apartments, and the remaining 3.27% are vacant.

  • The 54.47% of the population in Geneva, DuPage County, Illinois who identify themselves as belonging to a religion are distributed among the following most diverse religions.

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