Located northeast of Chicago, Hoffman Estates is situated within Cook and Kane counties. Spanning roughly 20 square miles, residents living in the village have access to the many amenities of Cook County and downtown Chicago, as well as the dense shopping area in neighboring Schaumburg. The village is also home to an award-winning park district featuring first-class parks, facilities, programs and services. In addition, residents find recreation in a premier 18-hole golf course, ice arena, family aquatic center and state-of-the-art fitness center.
Hoffman Estates apartments for rent are surrounded by plenty of recreation and entertainment, while avoiding the everyday hustle and bustle of a big metropolis. This is one of the many reasons why more than 52,100 people call Hoffman Estates home, according to statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau.
The area now known as Hoffman Estates was a rural farming community until the 1950s. Originally a part of Schaumburg Township, it wasn't until 1959 that the village became incorporated. At the time, the population was around 8,000 people and spanned only 3 square miles. In 1961, land that is now to the north of the tollway was annexed into the village, which spurred more growth over the next few years. By the 1980s, small businesses and major complexes began popping up, which contributed to the sustainable growth of the community. Ameritech's 1.2 million-square-foot headquarters, and the Sears, Roebuck and Co. 1.9 million-square-foot headquarters opened in 1991 and 1992, respectively.
During the late 1980s and early 1990s, the community experienced a shift from a primarily residential area to one with plenty of commercial developments including the Woodfield Acura and the Suburban Medical Center.
There is a diverse workforce in Hoffman Estates, and there are also many opportunities just a short drive away in Schaumburg or downtown Chicago. Many residents have the opportunities of nearby cities as well because of the excellent accessibility to transportation including O'Hare International Airport, local trains and several major roadways. In the village, top employers include Sears Holdings, At&t, Alexian Brothers, GE Capital Services, Automated Data Processing and Siemens Medical Solutions.
Students looking for rentals in Hoffman Estates have several options for post-secondary education in nearby towns. College of DuPage, College of Lake County, Triton College, Benedictine University and Elmhurst College are just a few of the many options. Within 25 miles of Hoffman Estates, there are many two- and four-year colleges and universities.
Living in Hoffman Estates is slightly higher than the national average, but with the abundance of amenities in and around the village many believe it is worth it. According to Best Places, the overall cost of living is 11 points higher than the national average, food is 8 points higher and utilities are 1 point higher. Similarly, the average cost of apartments in Hoffman Estates is $1,073.
In Hoffman Estates and nearby, there are premium attractions for everyone. Medieval Times in Schaumburg, the Brookfield Zoo in Brookfield and the Arlington Park Racetrack in Arlington Heights are all just a short drive away and are among some of the most beloved attractions in the Chicagoland area. The Sears Centre is a premier arena that has welcomed many big-name musical acts in the past, including Billy Joel, Rod Stewart and The Who. It is also the home of the Chicago Slaughter professional indoor football team and Chicago Express hockey team.
The Forest Preserve District of Cook County serves Hoffman Estates and is among the top natural amenities in the village. Two major forest preserves with walking trails and bike paths are visited by locals nearly all year long. Other than the Hoffman Estates Park District, there are many other adjacent districts such as Schaumburg, Elgin, South Barrington, Barrington and Streamwood.
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