World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

Montgomery, Illinois

Village Hall
Country United States
State Illinois
Counties Kane, Kendall
Townships Aurora (Kane), Bristol (Kendall), Oswego (Kendall), Sugar Grove (Kane)
Elevation 663 ft (202 m)
Area 9.51 sq mi (25 km2)
 - land 9.34 sq mi (24 km2)
 - water 0.17 sq mi (0 km2)
Density 852.9 / sq mi (329 / km2)
Settled 1832
Incorporated February 17, 1858 (1858-02-17)
Village President Matthew Brolley
Timezone CST (UTC-6)
 - summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Postal code 60538
Area code 630/331
Location in Kane County and the state of Illinois.
Wikimedia Commons:

Montgomery is a village in Kane and Kendall counties, Illinois. The population was 5,471 at the 2000 census, while the 2010 census lists Montgomery's population at 18,438. This is a 237 percent increase from 2000, making Montgomery the 9th fastest growing municipality in Illinois during this period.


  • Geography 1
  • Education 2
  • History 3
  • Demographics 4
  • Notable person 5
  • Cultural references 6
  • Gallery 7
  • References 8
  • External links 9


Montgomery is located at (41.7188316, -88.3920915).[1]

According to the 2010 census, the village has a total area of 9.51 square miles (24.6 km2), of which 9.34 square miles (24.2 km2) (or 98.21%) is land and 0.17 square miles (0.44 km2) (or 1.79%) is water.[2]


Montgomery is served by five different school districts: West Aurora, East Aurora, Oswego, Yorkville,[3] and Kaneland.[4]


The first European settler arriving in the area was Jacob Carpenter, who came to the Chicago area from Logan County, Ohio in November 1832. In the fall of 1835, Daniel S. Gray, from Montgomery County, New York, visited the area where his brother Nicholas Gray had located in the previous spring, on a farm now within the limits of Kendall County. He made immediate preparations to settle there, and in the fall of 1836, after his family moved from New York state, he built the first wooden house in the area. It was located in the southern part of what is now Montgomery, near the west bank of the Fox River.

Daniel Gray is considered the founder of Montgomery, and bought land grants from the federal government, and had ownership of large tracts of land.

The settlement was called "Graystown" for several years, but eventually Gray convinced other settlers to call the small village "Montgomery" after the New York County where he and several other settlers had origins.

Daniel Gray founded many companies in Montgomery, including a warehouse, foundry, combine and fabrication shop, and one of the best stone grain mills in the county (Gray–Watkins Mill). Gray was doing preparations for more business operations, including the establishment of a stationary engine factory when he died in October 1855. Upon his death, he still owned the majority of the lots in the village. His heirs continued to sell these lots and the village continued to grow.

On February 17, 1858, the village of Montgomery was incorporated.[5][6]

For much of the twentieth century, the village grew slowly and steadily. Lyon Steel was founded in Montgomery, and participated in the war effort of World War II. The Aurora Caterpillar manufacturing plant has been producing wheel-loaders since 1959. [7] Western Electric had its Montgomery Works plant along River street, which became Lucent Technologies and was closed in 1995.[8] In 1962 this factory employed 1,500 people and made telephone parts.[9]

In the beginning of the twenty-first century, Montgomery experienced rapid growth, along with many other communities in Kendall County.

In 2009, police in Montgomery were caught detaining a black man and his family. While doing so, they called the family racial slurs. Only one of the officers involved was punished, with a three-day suspension. In 2014, the black family had the same run in with the very same officers, who beat the black man and used racial slurs against him. As of this writing, the officers are still employed by the local police department.[10]


As of the 2010 Census, there were 18,438 people residing in the village. The population density was 1,938.8 people per square mile. The racial makeup of the village was 75.32% White, 8.35% African American, 0.37% Native American, 3.19% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 9.37% from other races, and 3.37% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 26.7% of the population.

There were 5,998 households out of which 22.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.8% were married couples living together, 10.4% had a female householder with no husband present and 22.5% were non-families. 50.8% of all households contained individuals under the age of 18, while 5.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.07 and the average family size was 3.52.

In the village the population was spread out with 33.25% under the age of 18, 60.16% from 18 to 64, and 6.58% who were 65 years of age or older.

Of the 6,326 dwelling units in the village, 5,998 or 94.8% were occupied. 85.1% of the occupied housing units were owner occupied, with 14.9% occupied by renters.

Notable person

Cultural references

Montgomery was featured as the hometown of Vice President Caroline Reynolds in the fictional TV series Prison Break. The town actually used in filming was Woodstock, IL.



  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Village of Montgomery
  2. ^ "2010 Census U.S. Gazetteer Files for Places – Illinois". United States Census. Retrieved 2012-10-13. 
  3. ^ "About Our School District". Yorkville CUSD 115. Retrieved 6 October 2015. 
  4. ^ "Schools". Our Community. Village of Montgomery, IL. Retrieved 6 October 2015. 
  5. ^ Montgomery Historical Committee (1990). The History of Montgomery, Illinois in words and pictures. The Committee, 1990. p. 1.  
  6. ^ Illinois Regional Archives Depository System. "Name Index to Illinois Local Governments". Illinois State Archives.  
  7. ^ "Caterpillar News and Views April–May 1960" (PDF). Caterpillar. May 1960. Retrieved 13 April 2011. 
  8. ^
  9. ^ Illinois Manufacturers Directory, 1962, Manufacturers' News, Inc. Chicago, IL. copyright 1962, p. 604-604
  10. ^ "2 Investigators: Man Claims Cops Used Racial Slurs In Two Run-Ins With Him". Retrieved 2015-09-30. 
  11. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  12. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  13. ^ "Carole Mathews".  

External links

  • Official website
This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.

Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from Project Gutenberg are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.