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The City of St. Charles, Illinois, is guided by the four driving principles in its Mission: Heritage. Community. Service. Opportunity. Together, these principles create a thriving environment for people who live or visit here, and for businesses to prosper. Our City has gained national recognition as a family-friendly town and wide acclaim for its architecture, living up to its nickname Pride of the Fox.

Located in both DuPage & Kane counties, the City of St. Charles is 35 miles west of downtown Chicago.  International employers, innovative schools, beautiful parks, local & regional resources, river & amenities, and unique architecture have earned St. Charles its reputation as the Pride of the Fox!   The City is home to nearly 2,000 businesses that employ 18,000  people.  The business community is comprised of a robust mix of local and national companies.  St. Charles also features a large manufacturing community, that makes everything from mosquito repellent to plastic cups.  The city is assisted by an active Chamber of Commerce, a full service Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Downtown St. Charles Partnership. 
St. Charles offers residents, tourists, and businesses unparalleled options with 2,392 guest rooms and 282,000* square feet of combined indoor convention space, a full service resort, nationally-acclaimed conference center, vintage and riverfront hotel, boutique and antique shopping, national retail options, several live performance theaters, palate-pleasing dining choices, plethora of green space, public art, stunning architecture, and free street and deck parking.
In 36-square miles there are approximately 33 acres of park land per 1,000 persons. The St. Charles Park District is recognized locally and nationally for its service to special needs patrons, opportunity of cultural art experiences, highly ranked golf courses, parks/trails, and outdoor aquatic facilities.   St. Charles also hosts a multitude of annual festivals that feature art, summer fun, and scarecrows that are enjoyed by 200,000+ people annually and creates added value for all St. Charles residents, businesses, and visitors.


Demographics & Facts



Tax Rates
Telecommunications Tax12%
Sales Tax8%
Property Tax6.36%
Utility Tax (incl. electric)5%
2019 Projection*12,599
2014 Estimate*12,493
2010 Census12,424
Average Household Size*2.56
2019 Projection*33,533
2014 Estimate*33,267
2010 Census32,974
Avg. Household$111,452
Median Household$84,300
Per Capita$42,189

* Source: ESRI forecasts for 2014 and 2019

Tourism & Meetings

Expo Space (Sq. Ft.)
Kane County Fairgrounds163,600
Pheasant Run80,000
Prairie Events Center32,000
Q Center150,000
Total Hotel Product12
Downtown Hotel1
Conference Center1
Total Rooms2,300+
Performance and Theater5


Quality of Life

  EducationPark facilities

Public Elementary Schools

12Total Parks62
 Public Middle Schools3Outdoor Swimming Pools2
 Public high Schools2Designated natural areas10
 Private Elementary Schools4Skate Parks3
  Special Education Schools1Dog Parks3
    Picnic shelters32
    Tennis courts8
    Sled hills2
    Ice rinks

Regional Links

Pace Bus Lines
Geneva Metra Call and Ride
County Highway
Kirk Road Kane County Hwy. 77
Randall Road Kane County Hwy. 34

Geneva Metra Station - UP West Line
(1.5 Miles from downtown St. Charles)
State Highways
IL 25 - 5th Ave./ Riverside Ave.
IL 31 - 2nd St. / Geneva Rd.
IL 38 - Lincoln Hwy. / Roosevelt Rd.
IL 64 - Main St. / North Ave.
County Highway
Kirk Road Kane County Hwy. 77
Randall Road Kane County Hwy. 34

Interstate Highways
I-90 (9 miles north)
I-88 (7.5 miles south)
I-355 (11 miles east)
DuPage Airport (eastern border of St. Charles)
O'Hare (20 miles northeast)
Midway (35 miles southeast)

Regional Information

Area Demographics
Median House Hold Income$89,637$99,917$95,701
Average House Hold Income$117,271$124,361$120,154