The Village of Palatine was incorporated in 1866, and between 1960 and 1970 the population grew by over 14,000 people. Today Palatine is a mix of residential, commercial, light industrial and office space, parks and open space. Palatine is served by School District 15, which is the third largest elementary district in Illinois and High School District 211. Harper College is also in Palatine. The Palatine Park District facilities include a community center, an aquatic center, two public pools, and a recreation center.