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About McHenry

McHenry is a city located along the Fox River in McHenry County, Illinois. It has a total land area of 15 square miles. Around 26,900 people live in the city.

The population of McHenry is 82% white, 14% Hispanic, and 3% Asian. Nine percent of McHenry residents were born in a foreign country. Thirteen percent speak a language other than English at home. There are 2,300 Spanish speakers in McHenry.

The median age in McHenry is 40 years old. Roughly a quarter of adults 25 years and older have a bachelor’s degree. Around 1,300 city residents are military veterans.

The average annual salary among people in McHenry is $29,900. The median household income is $64,900. The city of McHenry has a 70% homeownership rate. Six percent of the population lives in poverty.

Mental Health in McHenry

One of the main mental health issues being tackled by McHenry County is suicide. From 2015 to 2016, the number of suicides in McHenry County decreased from 35 to 23. However, in 2017, the number almost doubled to 43. In 2016, almost 9% of households surveyed reported suicidal thoughts.

To address the rising suicide rate, the county’s Mental Health Board has partnered with the Community Foundation for McHenry County to provide suicide prevention training. The training is offered without charge to school and public officials, mental health professionals, first responders, and anyone else who has an interest. Trainees learn how to identify people who are at risk of suicide, motivate them to seek help, and refer them to treatment services.


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