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The Village of Campton Hills
One of Illinois’ newest communities, the Village of Campton Hills was founded in 2007 by referendum, encompassing a 20-plus square-mile section of Campton Township. Due west of St. Charles on Illinois Route 64, the heart of the new municipality is located in the hamlet of Wasco, approximately 44 miles west of downtown Chicago.
With Village Hall and a majority of local commercial activity based in Wasco, this district serves as counterbalance to the semi-rural ambience enjoyed by the village’s 11,131 residents.
Organized around the concept of preserving this semi-rural atmosphere while providing locally focused services, the village has been able to do so by recapturing locally generated state tax dollars, allowing the municipality to offer needed services without any additional tax burden on residents.
Enabling this successful revenue strategy, which has allowed the village to be one of the rare municipalities to run a surplus despite the recent economic downturn, is the distinctly upscale lifestyle enjoyed by residents.
As over 70 percent of village households earn in excess of $100,000 annually, with a fifth of those households bringing in over $200,000, the average price of a home is currently estimated at over $430,000, on an average lot size in excess of one acre.
Generating that strong tax base is a population estimated to have a median age of approximately 37 years of age, with over 50 percent of residents falling in the 35-64 age range, though nearly a third or residents are 19 years of age or younger.
Located equally between Interstate 90 and Interstate 88, drive time on either tollway, or straight down Route 64, is approximately 1 hour 15 minutes to downtown Chicago. Metra Commuters using the LaFox station, located on Keslinger Road south of the village proper, can expect a similar travel time to Chicago’s Ogilvie Transportation Center at Madison and Canal Streets.