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Overview

Introduction to Bellwood, Illinois

Bellwood, Illinois, in Cook county, is 5 miles W of Oak Park, Illinois (center to center) and 12 miles W of Chicago, Illinois. Part of the surrounding Chicago metro area, the village is not an isolated village. Bellwood is home to some 20,535 residents.

Bellwood History

Bellwood was home of astronaut Eugene Cernan, the last man to set foot on the moon. An interesting part of Bellwood's history is the changing demography of its population. Until the 1970s, the African-American population of this area was a mere 1%; however, during the following years, it rose dramatically. It reached 35% during the 1980s and 70% during the 1990s.

Bellwood and nearby Attractions

  • Brookfield Zoo
  • Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art
  • Cernan Earth & Space Center
  • Donald E. Stephens Museum of Hummels
  • La Grange Park
  • Ernest Hemingway Museum

Things To Do In Bellwood

The Village of Bellwood offers a high quality lifestyle through a wide range of facilities and services. The park district is well facilitated and allows for a diverse range of activities. The village also has a well stocked library that caters to recreational, as well as educational, interests. There are several museums around the area worth visiting for their interesting subjects and collections.

Bellwood Transportation

Air transportation is available from Chicago O’Hare International Airport.

Bellwood Higher Education

The Triton College, Elmhurst College, and Wilbur Wright College are all nearby.

People

Total Population 19,190
Male Share of the Population 47%
Female Share of the Population 53%
Senior Citizens 12.4%
Employed Population 16+ 8,852
Age of the Population 37

Families

% of people married 35.8%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 15.4%
Median Earnings25+ $31,498
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $21,100
Median Earnings With High School Degree $26,357

Wealth

Median Family Income $59,161
% Above Poverty Level 86.5%
% Below Poverty Level 13.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 29 minutes
% Working from Home 1.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.3%
% Using Public Transportation 10.1%

Housing

People Living Alone 24.9%
Median Gross Rent $1,025
Median House Value $118,800

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 86.4%
US/American 0%
English 0.3%
Irish 1.2%

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

Bellwood Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 5 miles W of Oak Park, Illinois (center to center)
Nearest Large City 12 miles W of Chicago, Illinois
County Cook
Standard Zip Codes 60104
Phone Area Codes 708
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.881
Longitude -87.883

Bellwood 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 7.3 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 WHEATON 3 SE
Distance 10.5 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 32 F
Apr Temp 38 to 63 F
Jul Temp 63 to 87 F
Oct Temp 42 to 67 F
Annual Precip 37.9 inches
Station CHICAGO BOTANICAL GARDEN
Distance 18.2 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Berkeley 5,217 $77,704
Broadview 7,957 $63,484

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

Bellwood Public Libraries

Library
Bellwood P.l.
600 BOHLAND AVENUE
Bellwood, Illinois
(708) 547-7393
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