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Overview

Introduction to Arlington Heights, Illinois

Arlington Heights, Illinois, in Cook county, is 23 miles NW of Chicago, Illinois. Arlington Heights, classified as a village, is a popular northwest suburb of Chicago. It's known for the Arlington Park Race Track. The Central Business District has been revitalized by the addition of condominiums, numerous restaurants and new businesses. It also contains a light industrial base. Numerous local schools have been given state and national awards. Arlington Heights is known as a residential and business community.

Arlington Heights History

The village was originally known as Dunton and was established in 1836 by a stone cutter named Asa Dunton. German farmers settled in the area and grew potatoes and established fruit tree orchards. Soon, the railroad arrived and businesses were established. Six daily trains made their way between the village and Chicago. The economy benefited from the dairy products and a variety of vegetables that were sold in Chicago. In 1887 Dunton was renamed Arlington Heights. The population grew significantly during the 1950s and 1960s.

Arlington Heights Attractions

  • The Nathaniel Moore House is included in the National Register of Historic Places
  • The Metropolis Performing Arts Center features musicals, Shakespeare performances and concerts
  • Arlington Heights Historical Society & Museum features a log cabin, the historic home of F.W. Muller, a coach house and the historic Banta House
  • Arlington Park Racecourse is a well known horse racing venue
  • Arlington Heights Community Concert Band
  • The downtown area features historic architecture and is popular for shopping, entertainment and includes numerous art galleries
  • The Roy Vombrack Orchestra
  • Prairie Brass Band

Arlington Heights Activities

Lake Arlington is popular for boating and fishing and includes a hiking trail which surrounds the lake. Nickol Knoll Park features a golf course and ballparks. The Crabtree Nature Center, includes woodlands, prairie, marshes, ponds and a vast number of bird species. Residents and visitors enjoy hiking in the Lakewood Forest Preserve Loop which offers scenic forest areas and lakes. The Deer Grove Loop includes forest landscape, marshes and ponds.

Arlington Heights Transportation

The Metro Train provides service for Arlington Heights and offers transportation to Chicago.

People

Total Population 75,802
Male Share of the Population 48.4%
Female Share of the Population 51.6%
Senior Citizens 18.4%
Employed Population 16+ 38,070
Age of the Population 43

Families

% of people married 59%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 54.6%
Median Earnings25+ $52,000
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $22,432
Median Earnings With High School Degree $33,360

Wealth

Median Family Income $102,734
% Above Poverty Level 95.4%
% Below Poverty Level 4.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 29 minutes
% Working from Home 5.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.8%
% Using Public Transportation 6.8%

Housing

People Living Alone 29.2%
Median Gross Rent $1,168
Median House Value $320,600

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 18%
US/American 0.2%
English 5.5%
Irish 17.9%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Arlington Heights Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 23 miles NW of Chicago, Illinois
County Cook
Standard Zip Codes 60004, 60005
P.O. Box Zip Codes 60006
Phone Area Codes 847
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.088
Longitude -87.98

Arlington Heights Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station CHICAGO OHARE INTL AP
Distance 8 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 30 F
Apr Temp 38 to 58 F
Jul Temp 63 to 84 F
Oct Temp 42 to 62 F
Annual Precip 36.2 inches
Station CHICAGO BOTANICAL GARDEN
Distance 10.6 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 30 F
Apr Temp 37 to 56 F
Jul Temp 63 to 83 F
Oct Temp 42 to 63 F
Annual Precip 36.8 inches
Station WAUKEGAN
Distance 18.8 miles
Jan Temp 12 to 29 F
Apr Temp 36 to 55 F
Jul Temp 61 to 82 F
Oct Temp 41 to 62 F
Annual Precip 34 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Buffalo Grove 41,591 $116,579

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Arlington Heights Public Libraries

Library
Arlington Heights Mem. Lib.
500 N. DUNTON AVE.
Arlington Heights, Illinois
(847) 392-0100

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Arlington Heights Hospitals

NORTHWEST COMMUNITY HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
800 W CENTRAL ROAD
(847) 618-1000
Emergency Service: Yes

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Arlington Heights High Schools

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JOHN HERSEY HIGH SCHOOL
1900 E THOMAS AVE
847-718-4800
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 1,922 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.8

MINER SCHOOL
1101 E MINER ST
847-463-8400
A Special Education School
Serves 185 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 7.7

N W SUBURBAN ACADEMY
2121 S GOEBBERT
847-718-7800
A Special Education School
Serves 128 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 6.9

VANGUARD SCHOOL
2121 SOUTH GOBBERT
847-718-7870
A Special Education School
Serves 87 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 9.7

FOREST VIEW ALTERNATIVE SCHOOL
2121 S GOEBBERT RD
847-718-7775
A Special Education School
Serves 77 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 6.4

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