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.


Total Population 40,136
Male Share of the Population 49.2%
Female Share of the Population 50.8%
Senior Citizens 9.4%
Employed Population 16+ 22,757
Age of the Population 37


% of people married 54%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 37.7%
Median Earnings25+ $40,694
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $24,022
Median Earnings With High School Degree $32,591


Median Family Income $90,905
% Above Poverty Level 91.5%
% Below Poverty Level 8.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 29 minutes
% Working from Home 3.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.6%
% Using Public Transportation 3%


People Living Alone 27%
Median Gross Rent $1,018
Median House Value $229,100


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 35.2%
US/American 0.2%
English 5.9%
Irish 12.5%

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

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 Population Median Family Income
Bloomingdale 22,208 $88,465
Glendale Heights 34,436 $67,201
Hanover Park 38,302 $69,957

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