Why Sycamore

Diversity is the key to Sycamore’s business community – tourism, manufacturing, healthcare services, and trade all contribute to the economy. A strong school system and higher education opportunities provide a well-paid, educated work force to serve area businesses.

“Further enhancing the competitive advantages of DeKalb County, is the first-ever DeKalb County Enterprise Zone. The DeKalb County Enterprise Zone was approved and certified in December 2015 and offers numerous incentives and benefits to qualifying commercial and industrial development projects.”

For a list of available commercial/office space from our membership see below:

Coldwell Banker Katie Morsch Listing


By taking full advantage of the area’s many strengths and resources, residents and visitors will find Sycamore is a better place to live, work and play.

Sycamore High School rating compared to average state, county and city schools ratings:

Illinois:  51
DeKalb County:  59
Sycamore:  83
Sycamore High School:  83

Sycamore School District Facts:


  • K-12 enrollment is approximately 3,763.
    Of those, 1692 are in one of five elementary schools, 859 are in the Middle School, and 1202 are enrolled in the High School.
  • Average ACT composite score- 22.7.
  • Highly qualified/balanced staff. 74.8% of teachers have a Masters degree or higher. The average teaching experience in the district is 13.2 years.


Current sales tax

8% Sales – 5% State, 1% City, County .25%, Home Rule City 1.5 %
Restaurant & Bar and Hotel Motel – an additional 2% = 10%
Auto – 6.25%
Groceries and Drugs 1%

Population in 2013: 17,534 (99% urban, 1% rural). Population change since 2000: +45.9%

Males: 8,617    (49.1%)
Females: 8,917    (50.9%)
Median resident age:   34.3 years
Illinois median age:   37.2 years

Estimated median household income in 2013: $62,386 (it was $51,921 in 2000)

Sycamore:   $62,386
IL:   $56,210

Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $162,436 (it was $128,300 in 2000)

Sycamore:   $162,436
IL:   $169,600

Mean prices in 2013: All housing units: $177,766; Detached houses: $206,592; Townhouses or other attached units: $128,454; In 3-to-4-unit structures: $141,345; In 5-or-more-unit structures: $112,069; Mobile homes: $20,574
Median gross rent in 2013: $901.

Community Events:

Our community works together with area businesses to strategically promote Sycamore by marketing our shopping, dining, entertainment and overnight accommodations. We developed area tourism through marketing partnerships, web-based campaigns, and community events; Community Expo, Taste of Spring, Cinco de Mayo, Northern Illinois Art Show, Farmer’s Market, Ladies Night out, Tuesday’s on the Town, Summer on State, Cruise Night, Car Show, Ribs, Rhythm & Brews Fest, Downtown Trick-or-Treat, Pumpkin Festival, 10K Pumpkin Run, Moonlight Madness, Winter Chocolate Walk, Walk with Santa and Santa House.

Parks and Recreation: http://www.sycamoreparkdistrict.com/about-the-district/