Elmwood Park, Illinois

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Elmwood Park, Illinois

Introduction to Elmwood Park, Illinois

Elmwood Park, Illinois, in Cook county, is 2 miles NW of Oak Park, Illinois (center to center) and 9 miles NW of Chicago, Illinois. The people of the village are in the Chicago metropolitan area. Elmwood Park has a population of 25,405.

Elmwood Park History

The Native Americans once inhabited the present day village of Elmwood Park. At that time, the area was known as Orison. During the 1840s, Elmwood Park was first settled in by the whites. The Chicago and Pacific Railroad ran through the village around 1870. The Village of Elmwood Park was incorporated in 1914 and Merritt Marwood became the first mayor. In 1953, Elmer Conti was elected as the first village president of Elmwood Park.

Elmwood Park and nearby Attractions

  • Kiddieland Amusement Park
  • Irish American Heritage Center
  • Leaning Tower of Niles
  • Brookfield Zoo
  • Lincoln Park Zoo
  • Ernest Hemingway Museum

Things To Do In Elmwood Park

While staying in Elmwood Park, you can spend your leisure time at the Kathy Torpe Park, Kiddie Korale Park, Triangle Park, Bambi Park, and Mills Park. You can visit the Elmwood Park Public Library if you are interested in exploring the history of the village. The United Methodist Church of Elmwood Park, Grace Lutheran Church, and Zoar Lutheran Church are also worth visiting. The Village of Elmwood Park also offers a Family Aquatic Center.

Elmwood Park Transportation

Chicago O’Hare International Airport is nearby.

Elmwood Park Higher Education

Triton College and City Colleges of Chicago - Wilbur Wright College are very close to the village.

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High Points

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

Category Trophy
Public Transportation Use
(vs. Peers)
Top 11% Elmwood Park Public Transportation Use
Well-Paid Single Women
(vs. State)
Top 14% Elmwood Park Well-Paid Single Women
Racial Diversity
(vs. State)
Top 19% Elmwood Park Racial Diversity

Comparative Profile of Elmwood Park, Illinois

Comparing Elmwood Park 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
Senior Citizens 9 7
Age of the Population 9 7
Female Share of the Population 8 7
Well-Paid Single Women 8 9
Well-Paid Single Men 7 8
Racial Diversity 4 9
Male Share of the Population 3 4
Children Under 5 Years Old 2 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Average Household Size 6 6
Portion of People Married 5 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Above Poverty 8 7
People in Middle Class or Better 8 8
Median Family Income 7 8
College Educated Adults 4 8

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Public Transportation Use 9 10
Walking and Biking to Work 4 7
Short Commute Times 2 2
Working at Home 2 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Living Alone 7 7
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 6 10
Affordability of Rents 5 3
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 3 5
Affordability of Property Taxes 2 2
Housing Recently Built 2 4

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Elmwood Park Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 2 miles NW of Oak Park, Illinois (center to center)
Nearest Large City 9 miles NW of Chicago, Illinois
County Cook
Standard Zip Codes 60707
Phone Area Codes 708
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.921
Longitude -87.809

Elmwood Park 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 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
Distance 14.4 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 32 F
Apr Temp 42 to 59 F
Jul Temp 66 to 84 F
Oct Temp 46 to 64 F
Annual Precip 38 inches
Distance 14.7 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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Elmwood Park Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 25,405 100%
Male 12,081 47.6%
Female 13,324 52.4%
Under 18 5,571 21.9%
18+ 19,834 78.1%
65+ 4,219 16.6%
Median Age 38.6
Average Family Size 3.2
White 23,255 91.5%
African-American 132 0.5%
Asian 530 2.1%
American Indian & Alaskan 45 0.2%
Other 842 3.3%
Mixed Race 594 2.3%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 2,798 11%

Estimated Elmwood Park Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 24,499
Growth -906
Growth % -3.6%

Elmwood Park 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
Italian 29%
Polish 22.6%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 13.7%
Irish 8.3%
German 7.8%
US/American 2.7%
Greek 2.3%
Ukrainian 1.6%
English 1.5%
Norwegian 1.2%
Albanian 0.9%
Czech 0.8%
Swedish 0.8%
Russian 0.7%
Arab/Arabic 0.6%
French (except Basque) 0.6%
Bulgarian 0.5%
Lithuanian 0.5%
Romanian 0.4%
Scotch-Irish 0.3%
Croatian 0.3%
Scottish 0.3%
Danish 0.3%
Austrian 0.3%
Belgian 0.2%
Czechoslovakian 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Elmwood Park 25,405 $58,358
Forest Park 15,688 $52,611
Melrose Park 23,171 $46,963
Norridge 14,582 $57,007
Oak Park 52,524 $81,703
River Forest 11,635 $122,155
River Grove 10,668 $48,022

Elmwood Park Public Libraries

Elmwood Park P.l.
Elmwood Park, Illinois
(708) 453-7645
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Student/teacher ratio: 17.4

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