Batavia is a city in DuPage and Kane counties in the U.S. state of Illinois. A suburb of Chicago, it was founded in 1833 and is the oldest city in Kane County. During the latter part of the 19th century, Batavia, home to six American-style windmill manufacturing companies, became known as "The Windmill City." Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, a federal government-sponsored high-energy physics laboratory, where both the bottom quark and the top quark were first detected, is located in the city.
As of the 2010 census, the city had a total population of 26,045, which was estimated to have increased to 26,318 by July 2012.
Batavia is an award-winning community.
- In 2007, BusinessWeek ranked Batavia #21 on a national list of the 50 best places in America to raise kids.
- In 2009, Batavia was ranked #56 on CNN Money's Best Small Towns in the nation.
- In 2011, Batavia was voted by RelocateAmerica as one of the Top 100 Places to Live in America.
- In 2013, Batavia won the Best Street Award from the Illinois Chapter of the Congress of New Urbanism for the City's Streetscape redevelopment of River Street. The River Street design was also awarded the Lieutenant Governor's Award for Excellence in Downtown Revitalization at the Illinois Main Street Conference in 2013.
- In 2013, the City of Batavia was designated as a Bike Friendly Community (Bronze Level) by the League of American Bicyclists. Currently, only six communities in Illinois are designated Bike Friendly Communities.
- In 2013, Batavia's collection of historic windmills was designated as an Historic Mechanical Engineering Landmark by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.
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