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The population of Batavia is approximately 25,246 (2003), 26045 (2010).
The approximate number of families is 8,806 (2000), 9554 (2010).

The amount of land area in Batavia is 17.903 sq. kilometers.
The amount of land area in Batavia is 9.05 sq. miles.
The amount of surface water is 0.375 sq kilometers.
The distance from Batavia to Washington DC is 651 miles. The distance to the Illinois state capital is 160 miles. (as the crow flies)
Batavia is positioned 41.85 degrees north of the equator and 88.30 degrees west of the prime meridian.

Batavia elevation is 716 feet above sea level.
Batavia per capita income is $27,783 (2000).
Batavia median income is $79,200 (2007).

The Batavia median home price is $321,900 (2007).

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Batavia location: on the Fox River in Kane County in northeast Illinois. I-88 is five miles south while I-90 is less than 20 miles north. Batavia is part of a tri-cities area along with Geneva and St. Charles. Convenient commuter trains are easy to catch for those working in Chicago. Other nearby communities include North Aurora, Aurora, West Chicago, Wayne, Warrenville and Montgomery.

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Batavia history:

Here is a good history page for Batavia.

The first settler here was Christopher Columbus Payne in 1833 when he came with his family to live. A wandering type, Payne and his family moved on just two years later, selling their holdings to Judge Isaac Wilson who founded the community naming it after his own hometown of Batavia, New York.

By 1850, Batavia had grown and become a large industrial center. It was nicknamed the "Windmill City" because at least a dozen companies in Batavia were making windmills at that time. Another factor in the city's growth was limestone. The ten quarries in Batavia were utilized after the Great Chicago fire to supply the stone for the rebuilding which took place in Chicago.

After the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, his widow, Mary Todd Lincoln, stayed three months in Batavia at Bellvue Place, a local sanitarium and rest home for the mentally ill, to recuperate from her ordeal.

Batavia is known for the development of the automatically adjustable windmill, the flat-bottomed paper bag and a new process for grinding grain against a metal surface. Flag Day is said to have originated here, credited to Bernard J. Cigrand, a local dentist.

Historical places have been preserved and utilized in Batavia. City Hall is in the former Appleton Manufacturing Company, where windmills were made. Next to the city building are a number of windmills from different Batavian Windmill companies. One of the many stone quarries is now a public swimming facility. The old train depot is now used as the Depot Museum, operated by the Batavia Historical Society and the Batavia Park District.
The incorporation date of Batavia: 3 August 1872

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Batavia attractions:

Fermilab National Accelerator Laboratory
The Department of Energy, through its Office of Science, supports more than 90 percent of the federally funded research in high-energy physics in the United States. Fermilab is a DOE national laboratory.
Scientists at Fermilab carry out research in high-energy physics to answer the questions: What is the universe made of? How does it work? Where did it come from?

The local area has many opportunities for culture, entertainment and sports. The Norris Cultural Arts Center in St. Charles has performances throughout the year. The Paramount Arts Center in Aurora also gives more opportunity for entertainment. Chicago is close enough to allow much diversity in entertainment and leisure activities.

The most avid of Batavia's golfers find satisfaction and challenge on as many as 14 courses in the Fox Valley area. Batavia's 18-hole Settler's Hill is the most convenient and features a driving range where golfers can practice their swing.

The Fox Valley Ice Arena
Home to the Chicago Freeze and Huron Hockey Team. The facility features three ice surfaces, a full service fitness club, skate school, on-site restaurant and sports grill, pro shop, multipurpose rooms for birthday parties, corporate functions and other special events.

The pure fun of minor league baseball is available in Geneva, Batavia's next door neighbor. The Kane County Cougars, the Class A affiliate of the Oakland Athletics, at the Philip B. Elfstrom Stadium at Kirk Road and Cherry Lane. The Cougars games feature great baseball, great food, and great family fun.

Batavia is known as the "City of Energy." The most obvious reason is the presence of Fermilab, the National Accelerator Laboratory, to its immediate southeast, a facility that attracts scientists from throughout the world. However, another reason is the unrelenting volunteer energy of the people of Batavia - hard working, vigorous, enthusiastic, and well-educated people who form a good-size work-force.

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Batavia economy: The community boasts a roster of more than 100 industrial firms. Included are such names as American National Can, Siemens, Power Packaging, Proex, Sealy Mattress Co., Fermi Labs, Suncast, Dot Packaging, Waste Management, Trane, Watlow Batavia, and Millard Refrigeration Services.

The products of Batavia's manufacturers span a wide spectrum and include castings in a variety of materials, paper conversion products, molded plastics, electric and electronic controls, computer software, cables, modems, various bedding prodcuts, paints and stains, text books, and nuts, bolts, and screws.

The city has two major industrial/office parks: a long-established park with 1,300 acres on the northeast side. Another smaller industrial area is located to the south on Rte. 25 (River Street), east of the Fox River

Batavian's have quick access to highly skilled medical practitioners in two conveniently located hospitals, Delnor-Community Hospital just north of Batavia. This is a modern, 118-bed medical facility, the hospital is a state-designated Level II Trauma Center. Its 24-hour emergency department is staffed by physicians and nurses specially trained in emergency medicine.The Provena occupies a 160-acre campus a few miles south of Batavia in Aurora. The 356-bed, full-service hospital provides inpatient, partial hospitalization, and outpatient services.

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