Bull Valley, Illinois
Sign leading into Bull Valley.
|Official name: Village of Bull Valley|
|District||Nunda, McHenry, Greenwood, Dorr|
|Area||8.76 sq mi (23 km2)|
|- land||8.75 sq mi (23 km2)|
|- water||0.01 sq mi (0 km2)|
|Density||129.4 / sq mi (50 / km2)|
|Wikimedia Commons: Bull Valley, Illinois|
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McHenry County has gently rolling, glaciated terrain. Some of the County's larger hills border the rural area of East Central McHenry County between Crystal Lake, McHenry, and Woodstock. This area has long been called "Bull Valley." McHenry County was one of the fastest growing counties in the U.S. each decade from 1920 to 2000. Illinois law allows county government to rezone property to allow dense housing subdivisions without regard to the desires of existing residents, unless that property is located near a city or village. The Bull Valley Association hosted annual family parties as a social event. During one of these parties in the 1970s, several residents of the area decided to incorporate the Village of Bull Valley as a local government in order to have some slowing influence over the explosive growth of the area.
In the early years of the village, there was nearly no government infrastructure. Later, a small tax was assessed to provide for simple road repairs. By the 1980s, the village had hired a police officer part-time who shared time with the neighboring village of Prairie Grove.
Today the Village government occupies Stickney House, one of the oldest brick buildings in the area. This house was originally built without any corners due to the belief of the Stickneys that evil spirits could live in corners. While the village has grown, and even includes some subdivisions now, it remains rural, with areas of woods, farms, and low-density housing between the urban sprawl of Crystal Lake and McHenry. There is still no retail business in the village.
Bull Valley is located at (42.316132, -88.366815).
According to the 2010 census, the village has a total area of 8.76 square miles (22.7 km2), of which 8.75 square miles (22.7 km2) (or 99.89%) is land and 0.01 square miles (0.026 km2) (or 0.11%) is water.
- Greenwood Road
- Thompson Road
- Fleming Road
- Ridge Road
- Valley Hill Road
- Bull Valley Road
- Country Club Road
- Crystal Springs Road
- Crystal Lake Road
- Cold Springs Road
- Queen Anne Road
- Draper Road
- Cherry Valley Road
- Mason Hill Road
At the 2000 census, there were 726 people, 268 households and 217 families residing in the village. The population density was 129.4 per square mile (50.0/km²). There were 281 housing units at an average density of 50.1 per square mile (19.3/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 96.69% White, 0.55% African American, 1.10% Asian, 0.14% Pacific Islander, 0.69% from other races, and 0.83% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.20% of the population.
There were 268 households of which 28.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 76.9% were married couples living together, 3.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 19.0% were non-families. 15.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.71 and the average family size was 3.04.
Age distribution was 25.1% under the age of 18, 4.5% from 18 to 24, 19.3% from 25 to 44, 35.7% from 45 to 64, and 15.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 46 years. For every 100 females there were 85.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.2 males.
The median household income was $102,693, and the median family income was $109,147. Males had a median income of $73,750 versus $37,188 for females. The per capita income for the village was $54,022. About 1.4% of families and 2.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.1% of those under age 18 and 6.6% of those age 65 or over.
- Chester Gould (1900–1985), cartoonist, creator of the Dick Tracy comic strip
- John H. Johnson (1918–2005), founder of the Johnson Publishing Company
- City data. 2000 census information Retrieved on May 24, 2007
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