Bellwood, Illinois

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Bellwood, Illinois

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.

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High Points

Bellwood strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Illinois):

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Racial Diversity
(vs. State)
Top 8% Bellwood Racial Diversity
Public Transportation Use
(vs. Peers)
Top 8% Bellwood Public Transportation Use

Comparative Profile of Bellwood, Illinois

Comparing Bellwood to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Illinois (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Racial Diversity 9 10
Female Share of the Population 8 9
Children Under 5 Years Old 8 8
Well-Paid Single Women 6 7
Well-Paid Single Men 5 4
Male Share of the Population 3 2
Age of the Population 2 2
Senior Citizens 2 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Average Household Size 10 10
Portion of People Married 4 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Median Family Income 7 8
People in Middle Class or Better 7 6
People Above Poverty 6 6
College Educated Adults 2 5

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Public Transportation Use 10 10
Working at Home 4 4
Short Commute Times 2 3
Walking and Biking to Work 2 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Affordability of Property Taxes 4 3
Affordability of Rents 4 3
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 3 6
Housing Recently Built 3 4
People Living Alone 2 2
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 1 2

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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

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
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
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
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Bellwood Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 20,535 100%
Male 9,612 46.8%
Female 10,923 53.2%
Under 18 6,261 30.5%
18+ 14,274 69.5%
65+ 1,618 7.9%
Median Age 32.3
Average Family Size 3.57
White 2,412 11.7%
African-American 16,783 81.7%
Asian 197 1%
American Indian & Alaskan 49 0.2%
Other 779 3.8%
Mixed Race 311 1.5%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 1,631 7.9%

Estimated Bellwood Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 19,517
Growth -1,018
Growth % -5%

Bellwood Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 87.3%
German 2.4%
African 1.9%
Italian 1.8%
Polish 1.1%
Irish 1%
US/American 0.9%
Jamaican 0.9%
English 0.2%
Czech 0.2%
Ghanian 0.2%
Lithuanian 0.2%
Scotch-Irish 0.2%
Serbian 0.2%
Slovene 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Bellwood 20,535 $57,037
Berkeley 5,245 $67,478
Broadview 8,264 $59,568
Hillside 8,155 $59,375
Maywood 26,987 $46,776
Melrose Park 23,171 $46,963
Stone Park 5,127 $40,789

Bellwood Public Libraries

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