Batavia is the oldest city in Kane County and is now a thriving community of 27,000 residents. In July, 2009 Money Magazine named Batavia as one of the top 100 small towns in America. It has an historic old town feel yet is only 35 miles west of downtown Chicago.
Batavia is rebuilding it’s historic center around the downtown Riverwalk . The Batavia Train Depot building hosts a museum, there are parks and gardens, and a stage area for concerts and other performances.
Residents and visitors enjoy a wealth of recreational activities along the Fox River. If you decide to make Batavia your home, you’ll have choices from contemporary condos along the Fox River to stately brick homes in Tanglewood Hills.
People who enjoy history, culture and aged but immaculately maintained homes will absolutely love calling Batavia home.
A suburb of Chicago and the oldest city in Kane County, Batavia is part of the Tri-Cities area that also includes Geneva and St. Charles. Its rich history dates all the way back to 1833 when it was known as The Windmill City during the Industrial Revolution for being the largest producer of windmills of its time.
Today, Batavia is home to a wide array of home owners, including married couples, families and individuals. In fact, a significant percentage of households in Batavia feature children under the age of 18. There are also many households featuring married couples and individuals, but the large number of families living in Batavia reveal it to be a wonderful community in which to raise children.
The national press has taken notice, as well. Batavia has ranked in CNN Money’s Best Small Towns in the nation, as well as in Businessweek’s 50 Best Places in America to Raise Kids and by RelocateAmerica as one of the Top 100 Places to Live in America.
The Batavia housing market has benefited greatly from the growth seen here in recent years, most notably as the result of a flourishing local economy. Fermilab is one of the main employers in the area. A U.S. Department of Energy national laboratory, Fermilab specializes in high-energy particle physics.
Batavia is also home to Aldi headquarters, Suncast and other major private employers that draw plenty of outside interest among those looking to call this community home.