Carol Stream, Illinois

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Carol Stream, Illinois

Introduction to Carol Stream, Illinois

Carol Stream, Illinois, in Du Page county, is 4 miles N of Wheaton, Illinois (center to center) and 25 miles W of Chicago, Illinois. The village is included in the Chicago metropolitan area. As of the year 2000 census, 40,438 people lived in Carol Stream.

Carol Stream History

Anning S. Ransom, a war veteran, settled in the present day village of Carol Stream in 1840. Vermonter Daniel Kelley purchased 1,400 acres of the land in 1844. Kelley donated some of the land for the Chicago and Great Western Railway. The village of Carol Stream was founded in 1959 by a military veteran called Jay Stream. In fact, the village was named after Carol Stream, the daughter of Jay Stream. The first village board meeting was held on February 12, 1959.

Carol Stream and nearby Attractions

  • Cosley Zoo
  • Cantigny Park
  • Robert R. McCormick Museum at Cantigny
  • DuPage County Historical Museum
  • Racing Rapids Water Park
  • Santa's Village - Illinois

Things To Do In Carol Stream

While staying in Carol Stream you can opt for a family day trip to the DuPage County Forest Preserve. The village also includes approximately 36 parks and playgrounds. In addition, the village offers a skate park, outdoor water park, mini - golf course, indoor pool, and two recreation centers. Golf enthusiasts can also spend their leisure time at the Klein Creek Golf Club and Coyote Crossing. Hiking and biking can be enjoyed at the scenic Illinois Prairie Path.

Carol Stream Transportation

International flights are available from Chicago O’Hare International Airport.

Carol Stream Higher Education

Wheaton College, Benedictine University, and College of Dupage are some of the nearby colleges and universities.

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High Points

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

Category Trophy
Racial Diversity
(vs. State)
Top 7% Carol Stream Racial Diversity
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. Peers)
Top 10% Carol Stream Low Rate of Poverty
Well-Paid Single Men
(vs. State)
Top 10% Carol Stream Well-Paid Single Men
Well-Paid Single Women
(vs. State)
Top 11% Carol Stream Well-Paid Single Women
People in Middle Class or Better
(vs. Peers)
Top 13% Carol Stream People in Middle Class or Better
College Educated Adults
(vs. State)
Top 15% Carol Stream College Educated Adults
Median Family Income
(vs. Peers)
Top 16% Carol Stream Median Family Income

Comparative Profile of Carol Stream, Illinois

Comparing Carol Stream 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
Children Under 5 Years Old 9 9
Well-Paid Single Men 9 10
Well-Paid Single Women 8 9
Male Share of the Population 8 8
Racial Diversity 7 10
Female Share of the Population 3 3
Age of the Population 3 1
Senior Citizens 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Average Household Size 9 9
Portion of People Married 8 7


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Above Poverty 10 9
People in Middle Class or Better 9 9
Median Family Income 9 9
College Educated Adults 7 9

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Public Transportation Use 8 8
Working at Home 7 7
Short Commute Times 2 3
Walking and Biking to Work 1 6


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Housing Recently Built 9 10
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 7 10
People Living Alone 3 3
Affordability of Rents 3 2
Affordability of Property Taxes 2 2
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 2 3

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Carol Stream Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 4 miles N of Wheaton, Illinois (center to center)
Nearest Large City 25 miles W of Chicago, Illinois
County Du Page
Standard Zip Codes 60188, 60199
P.O. Box Zip Codes 60197
Company Zip Codes 60116, 60122, 60125, 60128, 60132
Phone Area Codes 847
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.93
Longitude -88.14

Carol Stream Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Station WHEATON 3 SE
Distance 8.7 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 12.1 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 AURORA
Distance 14.5 miles
Jan Temp 11 to 29 F
Apr Temp 36 to 59 F
Jul Temp 61 to 84 F
Oct Temp 38 to 63 F
Annual Precip 38.3 inches
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Carol Stream Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 40,438 100%
Male 19,922 49.3%
Female 20,516 50.7%
Under 18 12,505 30.9%
18+ 27,933 69.1%
65+ 2,309 5.7%
Median Age 31.3
Average Family Size 3.45
White 31,749 78.5%
African-American 1,716 4.2%
Asian 4,531 11.2%
American Indian & Alaskan 71 0.2%
Other 1,534 3.8%
Mixed Race 833 2.1%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 4,055 10%

Estimated Carol Stream Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 40,040
Growth -398
Growth % -1%

Carol Stream 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) 26.3%
German 16%
Italian 13.3%
Irish 9.8%
Polish 9.7%
English 3.5%
US/American 2.7%
Norwegian 2.2%
Swedish 1.9%
French (except Basque) 1.3%
Czech 1.2%
Russian 1%
Scottish 0.9%
Lithuanian 0.9%
Dutch 0.8%
Greek 0.8%
Yugoslavian 0.6%
Danish 0.5%
Serbian 0.5%
Scotch-Irish 0.5%
Ukrainian 0.5%
French Canadian 0.4%
Hungarian 0.4%
European 0.4%
Albanian 0.4%
African 0.3%
Austrian 0.3%
Finnish 0.3%
Welsh 0.3%
Swiss 0.2%
Belgian 0.2%
Canadian 0.2%
Croatian 0.2%
Czechoslovakian 0.2%
British 0.2%
Slovak 0.2%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Carol Stream, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

North Suburban (60197, 60199)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Carol Stream 40,438 $74,984
Bloomingdale 21,675 $78,889
Glendale Heights 31,765 $64,115
Hanover Park 38,278 $63,990
Roselle 23,115 $73,444
Wheaton 55,416 $90,475
Winfield 8,718 $98,528

Carol Stream Public Libraries

Carol Stream P.l.
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(630) 653-0755
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Student/teacher ratio: 19.5

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