McHenry, Illinois is served by six elementary schools and two middle schools, known as the McHenry School District 15. High school students attend McHenry High School District 156, which is split into an east campus and a west campus. The city also provides a few options for private K-12 education. Several college are in close proximity. McHenry County College, College of Lake County and Harper College are all within 25 miles. The Metra's Union Pacific/Northwest Line provides daily service to Ogilvie Transportation Center in downtown Chicago, which makes it easier to commute for work, school or entertainment.

Located about 50 miles northwest of Chicago, McHenry, Illinois is home to 27,000 people. The 15 square miles includes a mix of families and single professionals. The overall cost of living is about average when compared to the rest of the United States, but the unemployment rate is much lower than the state's average, and homes are more affordable. An average home in the city costs about $168,000.

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