Elwood, Illinois

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Elwood, Illinois

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High Points

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

Category Trophy
People in Middle Class or Better
(vs. Peers)
Top 9% Elwood People in Middle Class or Better
Well-Paid Single Women
(vs. Peers)
Top 9% Elwood Well-Paid Single Women
Median Family Income
(vs. Peers)
Top 10% Elwood Median Family Income
Well-Paid Single Men
(vs. Peers)
Top 11% Elwood Well-Paid Single Men
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. Peers)
Top 15% Elwood Low Rate of Poverty

Comparative Profile of Elwood, Illinois

Comparing Elwood 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 10 10
Well-Paid Single Women 10 9
Well-Paid Single Men 9 8
Racial Diversity 6 6
Female Share of the Population 6 6
Male Share of the Population 5 5
Senior Citizens 4 5
Age of the Population 3 4


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 9 8
Average Household Size 7 6


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People in Middle Class or Better 10 8
Median Family Income 10 8
People Above Poverty 9 8
College Educated Adults 4 4

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Public Transportation Use 8 6
Walking and Biking to Work 7 6
Working at Home 5 5
Short Commute Times 1 2


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

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Elwood Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 8 miles S of Joliet, Illinois (center to center)
Nearest Large City 39 miles SW of Chicago, Illinois
County Will
Standard Zip Codes 60421
Phone Area Codes 815
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.403
Longitude -88.111

Elwood Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 6.7 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 30 F
Apr Temp 37 to 60 F
Jul Temp 63 to 85 F
Oct Temp 41 to 64 F
Annual Precip 36.9 inches
Distance 17.1 miles
Jan Temp 13 to 30 F
Apr Temp 39 to 61 F
Jul Temp 63 to 85 F
Oct Temp 41 to 64 F
Annual Precip 35.7 inches
Distance 22.2 miles
Jan Temp 12 to 31 F
Apr Temp 38 to 61 F
Jul Temp 63 to 86 F
Oct Temp 40 to 65 F
Annual Precip 38.5 inches
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Elwood Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 1,620 100%
Male 779 48.1%
Female 841 51.9%
Under 18 409 25.2%
18+ 1,211 74.8%
65+ 219 13.5%
Median Age 35.2
Average Family Size 2.99
White 1,581 97.6%
African-American 0 0%
Asian 5 0.3%
American Indian & Alaskan 9 0.6%
Other 5 0.3%
Mixed Race 19 1.2%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 65 4%

Estimated Elwood Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 2,237
Growth 617
Growth % 38.1%

Elwood 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
German 22.3%
Irish 14.7%
Italian 13.3%
Polish 8.9%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 7.4%
English 7.2%
US/American 4.9%
French (except Basque) 3.5%
Croatian 2.9%
Swedish 2.2%
Dutch 1.8%
Norwegian 1.3%
Scottish 1.1%
Scotch-Irish 1%
Czech 1%
Lithuanian 0.7%
Greek 0.7%
Hungarian 0.7%
French Canadian 0.6%
Slovak 0.6%
Danish 0.6%
Slovene 0.4%
British 0.4%
Austrian 0.3%
Finnish 0.3%
Ukrainian 0.3%
Yugoslavian 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Elwood 1,620 $60,707
Channahon 7,344 $74,481
Joliet 106,221 $55,870
Manhattan 3,330 $62,865
Minooka 3,971 $81,190
Rockdale 1,888 $47,232
Wilmington 5,134 $53,648
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