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Overview

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.

People

Total Population 5,219
Male Share of the Population 49.6%
Female Share of the Population 50.4%
Senior Citizens 11.6%
Employed Population 16+ 2,539
Age of the Population 37

Families

% of people married 46.2%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 27.8%
Median Earnings25+ $40,186
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $22,645
Median Earnings With High School Degree $28,906

Wealth

Median Family Income $78,168
% Above Poverty Level 94.4%
% Below Poverty Level 5.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 28 minutes
% Working from Home 2.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.6%
% Using Public Transportation 4%

Housing

People Living Alone 21.8%
Median Gross Rent $1,033
Median House Value $169,000

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 66.5%
US/American 0%
English 1.7%
Irish 7.7%

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

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 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
Station CHICAGO BOTANICAL GARDEN
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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Bellwood 19,149 $59,329
Elmhurst 45,105 $117,344

Berkeley Public Libraries

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