Berkeley, Illinois

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Berkeley, Illinois

Introduction to Berkeley, Illinois

Berkeley, Illinois, in Cook county, is 6 miles W of Oak Park, Illinois and 13 miles W of Chicago, Illinois. The village’s population is approximately 5,245.

Berkeley History

Berkeley was incorporated as a village in 1924. Cook County was established on January 15, 1831 by an act of the State Legislature of Illinois. Cook County was the 54th county to be founded in Illinois. It was named in honor of Daniel Cook, one of the youngest statesmen in the history of Illinois. He was also the first Attorney General of Illinois and the second U.S. representative from Illinois..

Berkeley and nearby Attractions

  • American Police Center & Museum
  • William W. Powers State Recreation Area
  • Illinois Prairie Path
  • Elgin Public Museum of Natural History and Anthropology
  • Lincoln Park Zoo

Things To Do In Berkeley

Local museums include the Lemont Area Historical Society & Museum, the Mitchell Museum of the American Indian, the Robert R. McCormick Museum at Cantigny, the Swedish-American Museum Center, and the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center. Monkey Island, Jus-Fun Amusements and Kiddieland are popular local spots among children. The Adler Planetarium, the Friendship Park Conservatory, the Leaning Tower of Niles, the Morton Arboretum and the Shedd Aquarium are all accessible from Berkeley as well.

Berkeley Transportation

Chicago O’Hare International is the nearest major airport.

Berkeley Higher Education

Elmhurst College, the Devry Institute of Technology and Morton College are some of the nearby colleges and universities.

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High Points

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

Category Trophy
Racial Diversity
(vs. Peers)
Top 3% trophy Berkeley Racial Diversity
Public Transportation Use
(vs. Peers)
Top 14% Berkeley Public Transportation Use
Median Family Income
(vs. State)
Top 15% Berkeley Median Family Income
Well-Paid Single Men
(vs. State)
Top 15% Berkeley Well-Paid Single Men
Well-Paid Single Women
(vs. State)
Top 17% Berkeley Well-Paid Single Women

Comparative Profile of Berkeley, Illinois

Comparing Berkeley 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 10 10
Well-Paid Single Men 9 9
Male Share of the Population 8 7
Well-Paid Single Women 8 9
Age of the Population 6 6
Senior Citizens 6 5
Children Under 5 Years Old 6 6
Female Share of the Population 3 4


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Average Household Size 9 9
Portion of People Married 7 6


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Median Family Income 8 9
People in Middle Class or Better 8 8
People Above Poverty 7 6
College Educated Adults 5 8

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Public Transportation Use 9 9
Working at Home 6 6
Walking and Biking to Work 3 5
Short Commute Times 3 4


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Living Alone 4 3
Affordability of Property Taxes 3 3
Housing Recently Built 3 5
Affordability of Rents 3 2
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 2 4
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 1 2

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Berkeley Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 6 miles W of Oak Park, Illinois (center to center)
Nearest Large City 13 miles W of Chicago, Illinois
County Cook
Standard Zip Codes 60163
Phone Area Codes 708
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.888
Longitude -87.903

Berkeley Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 6.6 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 9.8 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 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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Berkeley Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 5,245 100%
Male 2,577 49.1%
Female 2,668 50.9%
Under 18 1,343 25.6%
18+ 3,902 74.4%
65+ 769 14.7%
Median Age 37.2
Average Family Size 3.27
White 3,114 59.4%
African-American 1,455 27.7%
Asian 202 3.9%
American Indian & Alaskan 6 0.1%
Other 354 6.7%
Mixed Race 113 2.2%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 814 15.5%

Estimated Berkeley Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 5,006
Growth -239
Growth % -4.6%

Berkeley 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) 47.5%
German 10.8%
Italian 10.5%
Irish 9.2%
English 4.9%
Polish 4.3%
French (except Basque) 1.3%
US/American 1.3%
Norwegian 1.1%
Serbian 0.9%
Czechoslovakian 0.9%
Czech 0.7%
Swedish 0.6%
Bulgarian 0.6%
Egyptian 0.6%
Yugoslavian 0.5%
Lithuanian 0.4%
Welsh 0.4%
Croatian 0.4%
Hungarian 0.3%
Scotch-Irish 0.3%
Nigerian 0.3%
European 0.3%
African 0.3%
Haitian 0.3%
Dutch 0.2%
Austrian 0.2%
Danish 0.2%
Belgian 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Berkeley 5,245 $67,478
Bellwood 20,535 $57,037
Elmhurst 42,762 $81,496
Hillside 8,155 $59,375
Melrose Park 23,171 $46,963
Northlake 11,878 $53,090
Stone Park 5,127 $40,789

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2. Garner, North Carolina 81.6   23.3% 10.9% 28.2% 26 $58,302 6.7% 33% 17,757 6.8% 69.9 0.2% 5.4
3. Aberdeen, Maryland 78.2   27% 12.7% 15.6% 26 $48,357 6.9% 35.1% 13,842 11.9% 58.7 0.1% 7.2
4. Denham Springs, Louisiana 75.9   22.7% 11.5% 15.2% 26 $48,793 6.3% 15.4% 8,757 10.7% 143.1 0.2% 12.1
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