Evanston, Illinois

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Evanston, Illinois

Introduction to Evanston, Illinois

Evanston is situated near Lake Michigan and located in Cook County. Evanston is recognized as a suburb of Chicago and was established in 1836.


Before Evanston was settled bu Europeans, the area was inhabited by the Potawatomis. They were relocated to Iowa in the 1830's. The Evanston area was created from the Grosse Point Territory during the 1830's. In the 1840's the region was inhabited primarily by farmers. In 1850 it was renamed "Ridgeville." Evanston was selected as the location for Northwestern University and was incorporated in 1863. It was named Evanston as a tribute to the founder of Northwestern University, John Evans.

Evanston had a thriving economy and a significant population increase shortly after the end of the Civil War. It has been estimated that the population quadrupled between 1860 and 1870. During this era, alcohol was not allowed to be sold within four miles of Northwestern University. The city became recognized for attractive architecture and beautiful houses along Lake Michigan. Evanston experienced a huge growth in the number of apartments in the area in the early stages of the twentieth century due to the availability of rapid transit which was provided by the "Chicago Loop." The population grew by an estimated 70 percent between 1920 and 1930.


The city is served by the CTA's Purple Line which belongs to the Chicago El system. Metros's Union Pacific North Line has stations in Evanston. The city of Evanston is served by O'Hare International Airport and by the Chicago Midway International Airport.

Higher Education

The prestigious Northwestern University has a campus in Evanston. The campus offers undergraduate programs and is the location of the business school. The campus is home to the Henry Crown Sports Pavilion as well as the Technological Institute.


The lakefront area and the beaches are popular with residents and tourists. The beach areas include Lighthouse Beach, Demspter/Greenwood St. Beach, South Boulevard Beach, Clark Street Beach, and Lee Street Beach. Boating opportunities are available. Other attractions in the Evanston area include:

  • Evanston History Center
  • Frances Willard House
  • Grosse Point Lighthouse and Maritime Museum
  • Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art


The city of Evanston is host to the annual Evanston Lakeshore Arts Festival. The festival features classical and jazz music and family entertainment. Other events in Evanston include:

  • Custer Street Fair
  • Fountain Square Arts Festival
  • Starlight Concerts
  • Evanston Ethnic Arts Festival

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High Points

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

Category Trophy
Public Transportation Use
(vs. Peers)
Top 2% trophy Evanston Public Transportation Use
Well-Paid Single Women
(vs. Peers)
Top 3% trophy Evanston Well-Paid Single Women
College Educated Adults
(vs. Peers)
Top 3% trophy Evanston College Educated Adults
Walking and Biking to Work
(vs. Peers)
Top 3% trophy Evanston Walking and Biking to Work
Racial Diversity
(vs. State)
Top 6% Evanston Racial Diversity
Well-Paid Single Men
(vs. Peers)
Top 7% Evanston Well-Paid Single Men
Median Family Income
(vs. Peers)
Top 12% Evanston Median Family Income

Comparative Profile of Evanston, Illinois

Comparing Evanston 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
Well-Paid Single Women 10 10
Well-Paid Single Men 10 10
Female Share of the Population 9 8
Racial Diversity 8 10
Senior Citizens 4 3
Age of the Population 3 2
Children Under 5 Years Old 3 3
Male Share of the Population 2 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 2 1
Average Household Size 2 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
College Educated Adults 10 10
Median Family Income 9 10
People in Middle Class or Better 6 6
People Above Poverty 5 3

Commute & Sprawl

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


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Living Alone 10 10
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 10 10
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 7 8
Affordability of Rents 2 1
Housing Recently Built 1 1
Affordability of Property Taxes 1 1

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Evanston Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 12 miles N of Chicago, Illinois
County Cook
Standard Zip Codes 60201, 60202, 60203
P.O. Box Zip Codes 60204
Company Zip Codes 60208, 60209
Phone Area Codes 847
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.041
Longitude -87.69

Evanston Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 8 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
Distance 23.6 miles
Jan Temp 12 to 29 F
Apr Temp 36 to 55 F
Jul Temp 61 to 82 F
Oct Temp 41 to 62 F
Annual Precip 34 inches
Station WHEATON 3 SE
Distance 24.8 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
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Evanston Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 74,239 100%
Male 34,967 47.1%
Female 39,272 52.9%
Under 18 15,001 20.2%
18+ 59,238 79.8%
65+ 8,014 10.8%
Median Age 32.5
Average Family Size 3.03
White 48,429 65.2%
African-American 16,704 22.5%
Asian 4,524 6.1%
American Indian & Alaskan 140 0.2%
Other 2,116 2.9%
Mixed Race 2,262 3%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 4,539 6.1%

Estimated Evanston Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 75,236
Growth 997
Growth % 1.3%

Evanston 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) 32.1%
German 11.6%
Irish 9.4%
English 6.2%
Polish 4.2%
Italian 3.6%
Russian 3.3%
US/American 3%
Jamaican 2.9%
Swedish 2.2%
Scottish 1.6%
European 1.6%
Haitian 1.3%
Norwegian 1.3%
Scotch-Irish 1.2%
French (except Basque) 1.1%
Dutch 0.9%
African 0.9%
Eastern European 0.9%
Greek 0.8%
Hungarian 0.8%
Belizean 0.7%
British 0.7%
Lithuanian 0.7%
Ukrainian 0.5%
Swiss 0.4%
Danish 0.4%
French Canadian 0.4%
Austrian 0.4%
Czech 0.4%
Romanian 0.3%
Welsh 0.3%
Northern European 0.2%
Iranian 0.2%
Arab/Arabic 0.2%
Turkish 0.2%
Armenian 0.2%
Belgian 0.2%
Croatian 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Evanston 74,239 $78,886
Kenilworth 2,494 $200,001
Lincolnwood 12,359 $83,687
Morton Grove 22,451 $72,778
Skokie 63,348 $68,253
Wilmette 27,651 $122,515
Winnetka 12,419 $200,001

Evanston Public Libraries

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(847) 866-0300
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Evanston Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
(847) 432-8000
Emergency Service: Yes

(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
(847) 316-4000
Emergency Service: Yes

Starbucks in Evanston

(As of 2005)
2114 Central St
Chicago & Main
519 Main Street
Dempster & Chicago
528 Dempster St
2748 Green Bay Rd.
1726B Sherman St
Evanston-Crawford & Central
3330 Central St.
Evanston-Main & McCormick
2438 Main Street
Target Evanston T-927
2209 W Howard St
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Serves 3,118 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12.4

A Special Education School
Serves 70 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 6.9

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