Harwood Heights, Illinois

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Harwood Heights, Illinois

Introduction to Harwood Heights, Illinois

Harwood Heights, Illinois, in Cook county, is 5 miles SW of Skokie, Illinois and 10 miles NW of Chicago, Illinois. There are an estimated 8,297 people in the village.

Harwood Heights History

The earliest inhabitants in the area were the Potawatomi Native Americans. In 1770, Jean Baptiste Point Du Sable, a black man, came with his family to settle here and opened a thriving business with the Potawatomi. The name of the town is actually a combination of two words- Har for Harlem Avenue, and wood; derived from Norwood Park Township, where Harwood Heights is located.

Harwood Heights and nearby Attractions

  • Arlington Heights Historical Museum
  • Deerfield Historic Village
  • Cantigny Park
  • Shedd Aquarium
  • Loyola Park Beach

Things To Do In Harwood Heights

Local museums include the Arlington Heights Historical Museum, the Museum of Science and Industry and the Morgan Art Gallery. Golfers can enjoy a round at the Edgebrook Golf Course. Popular parks around the city include the Loyola Park Beach, Cantigny Park and Lincoln Park. These parks offer a number of recreational activities like hiking, boating, picnicking, swimming and camping. Other well known attractions in the area include the Sears Tower, the Leaning Tower of Niles, the Cosley Zoo, the Merrick Rose Garden and the Skokie Northshore Sculpture Park.

Harwood Heights Transportation

Chicago O’Hare International is the nearest major airport.

Harwood Heights Higher Education

Nearby colleges and universities include Columbia College Chicago, Triton College, North Park University, National-Louis University, Wilbur Wright College and Northeastern Illinois University.

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High Points

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

Category Trophy
Public Transportation Use
(vs. Peers)
Top 8% Harwood Heights Public Transportation Use
Well-Paid Single Women
(vs. State)
Top 13% Harwood Heights Well-Paid Single Women
Walking and Biking to Work
(vs. State)
Top 15% Harwood Heights Walking and Biking to Work
Racial Diversity
(vs. State)
Top 18% Harwood Heights Racial Diversity

Comparative Profile of Harwood Heights, Illinois

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


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 4 2
Average Household Size 4 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Above Poverty 8 8
People in Middle Class or Better 7 7
Median Family Income 6 7
College Educated Adults 4 7

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Public Transportation Use 10 10
Walking and Biking to Work 8 9
Working at Home 6 6
Short Commute Times 3 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 10 10
People Living Alone 9 9
Housing Recently Built 4 7
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 4 6
Affordability of Rents 3 2
Affordability of Property Taxes 3 3

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Harwood Heights Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 5 miles SW of Skokie, Illinois (center to center)
Nearest Large City 10 miles NW of Chicago, Illinois
County Cook
Standard Zip Codes 60630, 60634, 60656, 60706
Phone Area Codes 773
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.967
Longitude -87.807

Harwood Heights Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 5.7 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 11.6 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
Station WHEATON 3 SE
Distance 16.9 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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Harwood Heights Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 8,297 100%
Male 3,886 46.8%
Female 4,411 53.2%
Under 18 1,538 18.5%
18+ 6,759 81.5%
65+ 1,706 20.6%
Median Age 42.5
Average Family Size 3.06
White 7,644 92.1%
African-American 26 0.3%
Asian 367 4.4%
American Indian & Alaskan 20 0.2%
Other 128 1.5%
Mixed Race 110 1.3%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 484 5.8%

Estimated Harwood Heights Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 8,188
Growth -109
Growth % -1.3%

Harwood Heights 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
Polish 36.5%
Italian 17.3%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 11.3%
German 9.6%
Irish 7.4%
Greek 4.5%
Swedish 2.1%
US/American 1.8%
Czech 1.4%
Ukrainian 1.2%
Hungarian 0.8%
English 0.8%
Norwegian 0.7%
Austrian 0.5%
Scottish 0.5%
Dutch 0.4%
Latvian 0.4%
Danish 0.3%
Croatian 0.3%
Yugoslavian 0.3%
Swiss 0.2%
Romanian 0.2%
Finnish 0.2%
Czechoslovakian 0.2%
Assyrian/Chaldean/Syriac 0.2%
Russian 0.2%
Scotch-Irish 0.2%
Arab/Arabic 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Harwood Heights 8,297 $52,169
Elmwood Park 25,405 $58,358
Niles 30,068 $58,215
Norridge 14,582 $57,007
Park Ridge 37,775 $87,795
River Grove 10,668 $48,022
Schiller Park 11,850 $48,525

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Serves 37 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 7.4

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