Carpentersville, Illinois

Carpentersville, Illinois

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Carpentersville is a village in Kane County, Illinois, United States. The population was 30,586 at the 2000 census. [ [ City data. 2000 census information] Retrieved on May 31 2007]


Carpentersville is located at coor dms|42|7|16|N|88|16|29|W|city (42.121156, -88.274679)GR|1.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 19.7 km² (7.6 mi²) of it (1.97%) is water.


Carpentersville was first settled by Charles Valentine Carpenter and his brother, Daniel. In 1837, the two brothers, en route to the Rock River, made camp along the east bank of the Fox River to wait out the spring floods that made continuing their oxcart journey impossible. They ended up staying in the area to settle what was then called Carpenters' Grove. In 1851 Charles's son, Angelo, platted the land and renamed the town Carpentersville, which was incorporated in 1887. He acquired a dam and then a mill, which he converted into a yarn and flannel factory.

In 1864 Carpenter established an iron foundry and blacksmith shop called the Illinois Iron & Bolt Company. The company later acquired the Star Manufacturing Company, which produced agricultural machinery. During the 1870s and 1880s German, Swedish, and Polish immigrants came to work in the factories. Carpenter housed the workers, built a church, and held cultural events. Although he moved to Elgin in 1875, Carpenter continued his business interests in Carpentersville. He persuaded the Chicago & North Western Railroad to extend its tracks from East Dundee to the area and built an iron bridge with his own funds to accommodate the rail line. By 1912 Carpenter's two companies employed 2,000 people. Star Manufacturing remained in Carpentersville until 1977.

For the next hundred years, Carpentersville did not grow as rapidly as other Fox River communities which had more direct rail connections to Chicago. [ Map of Chicago Area Railroads] In 1948, Carpentersville was the Northern terminus of the Aurora, Elgin and Fox River Railroad which ran southward along the river to Yorkville, Illinois. [ Visited Sept. 21, 2006]

Until the 1950s, Carpentersville consisted of a street grid along the Fox River centered around Main Street, which was the only highway bridge across the Fox River between Algonquin and Dundee. In the mid-1950s, Leonard W. Besinger began a subdivision named Meadowdale north of Carpentersville. By 1956 Besinger had accumulated more than convert|2600|acre|km2 along Illinois Route 25 between Bolz Rd and Illinois Route 68. Other area residents thwarted his attempts to incorporate Meadowdale as an independent town. So Besinger had Carpentersville annex the property. [ Retrieved Sept. 22, 2006] The Meadowdale Shopping Center, which was anchored by Wieboldt's, Carson Pirie Scott, Cook's and W.T. Grant; it also featured an indoor ice skating rink, overshadowed the commercial district along the River. A large section of the shopping mall on the north side was torn down in the 1990s and a new post office building was built.

In 1956, to reflect this population shift, Dundee Community High School relocated from its former site on Illinois Route 31 to Cleveland Avenue (now Carpentersville Middle School). In 1964, a second high school, named for Irving Crown, opened on Kings Road on the northern edge of Meadowdale. The two schools have now merged. DeLacy (one of the schools built on Kings Road) was closed and made into offices of Dundee-Crown High School(the other school built there) and was remade on Cleveland Ave.

From 1958 to 1969, Carpentersville was home to the Meadowdale International Raceway, a convert|3.27|mi|km long automobile race track located west of Illinois Route 31 which was also started by Besinger. [ Visited Sept. 21, 2006] The site is now a Township Park and County Forest Preserve. [ Visited Sept. 21, 2006]


Carpentersville operates under the council-manager form of government in which an elected Board, consisting of the President (chief elected official) and six Trustees, appoints a professional manager to oversee the day-to-day operation of government services and programs. The council-manager form of government combines the leadership of elected officials with the experience of a professional manager.

The current office holders are: [ Visited May 7, 2008]
* Bill Sarto, Village President
* Linda Ramirez Sliwinski, Trustee
* Paul Humpfer, Trustee
* Ed Ritter, Trustee
* Judy Sigwalt, Trustee
* Keith Heinz, Trustee
* Kay Teeter, Trustee
* Craig G. Anderson, Village Manager

Local School Districts (2)

[ Barrington Community School District #220]

[ CarDunAl Region Community Unit School District #300]


As of the census of 2000, there were 30,586 people, 8,872 households, and 7,239 families residing in the village. The population density was 4,105.4 people per square mile (1,585.1/km²). There were 9,113 housing units at an average density of 1,223.2/sq mi (472.3/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 68.76% White, 4.18% African American, 0.64% Native American, 1.98% Asian, 0.10% Pacific Islander, 20.83% from other races, and 3.50% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 40.57% of the population. [ [ City Fact Sheet. 2000 Census] Visited Sept. 21, 2006]

There were 8,872 households out of which 48.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 63.1% were married couples living together, 11.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 18.4% were non-families. 13.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 3.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.45 and the average family size was 3.77.

In the village the population was spread out with 33.2% under the age of 18, 10.9% from 18 to 24, 35.4% from 25 to 44, 15.3% from 45 to 64, and 5.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 28 years. For every 100 females there were 106.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 106.2 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $54,526, and the median income for a family was $55,921. Males had a median income of $38,052 versus $26,957 for females. The per capita income for the village was $17,424. About 6.7% of families and 8.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.5% of those under age 18 and 4.2% of those age 65 or over.


Village area links

[ Village Website]

[ Village Weather Page]

[ Carpentersville Action Network] - News and Information about Carpentersville Village Government

Irving Crown High School opened in 1964, not 1967.

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