Visit Sycamore

Sycamore, Illinois is a warm, vibrant city with excellent resources for business, education, recreation, worship, arts and entertainment opportunities. For directions to 519 West State Street click here.

Sycamore is sophisticated while remaining true to our agricultural roots. Sycamore dates back to 1837 and is the county seat of DeKalb County preserving the beautiful 100 year old Courthouse in the heart of the historic downtown. We have a History Center & Museum for you to visit and explore the diverse stories that are part of our county’s history, view traveling exhibits, and participate in programs.

There are many annual events, sprawling parks, bike/hiking paths,  forest preserves, points of interest and much to do in Sycamore. Our metered parking allows you to park for only a penny. To view a pdf of our Community Profile ® click here.

We hope you visit us and experience for yourself how lovely and inviting a small town can really be.
For information go to www.discoversycamore.com


Population in 2021: 18,913

Median resident age:  36.6  years
Illinois median age:   37.2 years

91.2% White
2.71% Hispanic
2.09% Asian
4.0% Black/African American

Female 52.49%
Male 47.51%

Rate of Home Ownership 65.1%

Household Median Income $71,698

Married Family Household Median Income $103,737

Median Property Value $137,900

Home Ownership Rate 65.5%.

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

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

College Readiness Rating

Sycamore is a 9 out of 10 for College Readiness. The College Readiness Rating measures how well high schools prepare their students for success in college and career, compared to other schools in the state. The rating is based on the high school’s graduation rate, data about college entrance exams (SAT/ACT participation and performance) and/or Advanced Placement exam participation and performance. This rating only applies to schools with high school grades. (According to greatschools.org)

93% High School Graduation (State average 86%)

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 1.75 %
10% — Restaurant & Bar
13% — Hotel Motel Tax
6.25% — Automobile
1% — Groceries and Drugs


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