Highland Park, Illinois

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Highland Park, Illinois

Introduction to Highland Park, Illinois

Highland Park, Illinois, in Lake county, is 10 miles NE of Mount Prospect, Illinois (center to center) and 23 miles N of Chicago, Illinois. The city is in the Chicago area. There are 31,365 residents in Highland Park.

Highland Park History

The Pottawattomie Indians were the original inhabitants of the present day city of Highland Park. John and Peter Fennerty were the first settlers of the area and they visited the city on February 16, 1841. When the railroad station was built in this area in 1854, Walter S. Gurnee named it Highland Park. The first public school of Highland Park was opened in 1869 and a high school was established in 1887.

Highland Park and nearby Attractions

  • Highland Park Historical Society Museum
  • Sunset Woods Park
  • Ward W. Willits House
  • The American Toby Jug Museum
  • Six Flags Great America
  • Centennial Ice Arena

Things To Do In Highland Park

Highland Park offers a number of parks, playgrounds, and downtown shopping districts. You can enjoy shopping at the Port Clinton Square Shopping Center and Crossroads Shopping Center. The local parks include Jens Jensen Park, Danny Cunniff Park, Longview Park, Sherwood Park, Moroney Park, and Laurel Park and Memorial Gardens. You can also visit the Hidden Creek AquaPark, Sunset Valley Golf Course, Park Avenue Beach, and Centennial Ice Arena. In addition, the city of Highland Park is the site of the Ravinia Festival, the oldest outdoor music festival in the Unites States.

Highland Park Transportation

International flights are available from Chicago O’Hare International Airport.

Highland Park Higher Education

Trinity International University, Oakton Community College, and National - Louis University are some of the nearby colleges and universities.

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High Points

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

Category Trophy
Median Family Income
(vs. Peers)
Top 1% trophy Highland Park Median Family Income
Well-Paid Single Men
(vs. Peers)
Top 2% trophy Highland Park Well-Paid Single Men
College Educated Adults
(vs. Peers)
Top 3% trophy Highland Park College Educated Adults
Well-Paid Single Women
(vs. Peers)
Top 4% trophy Highland Park Well-Paid Single Women
Public Transportation Use
(vs. Peers)
Top 6% Highland Park Public Transportation Use
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. Peers)
Top 13% Highland Park Low Rate of Poverty
People in Middle Class or Better
(vs. Peers)
Top 13% Highland Park People in Middle Class or Better

Comparative Profile of Highland Park, Illinois

Comparing Highland 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
Well-Paid Single Men 10 10
Well-Paid Single Women 10 10
Age of the Population 10 9
Senior Citizens 8 6
Children Under 5 Years Old 7 8
Male Share of the Population 7 7
Female Share of the Population 4 4
Racial Diversity 4 8


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 10 10
Average Household Size 7 8


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

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Working at Home 10 10
Public Transportation Use 10 10
Walking and Biking to Work 6 8
Short Commute Times 2 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 9 9
Housing Recently Built 3 5
People Living Alone 3 2
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 2 6
Affordability of Rents 2 1
Affordability of Property Taxes 1 1

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Highland Park Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 10 miles NE of Mount Prospect, Illinois (center to center)
Nearest Large City 23 miles N of Chicago, Illinois
County Lake
Standard Zip Codes 60035, 60037
Phone Area Codes 847
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.181
Longitude -87.8

Highland 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 3.5 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 12.4 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
Distance 22.1 miles
Jan Temp 12 to 28 F
Apr Temp 36 to 56 F
Jul Temp 62 to 82 F
Oct Temp 42 to 60 F
Annual Precip 35.5 inches
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Highland Park Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 31,365 100%
Male 15,356 49%
Female 16,009 51%
Under 18 8,483 27%
18+ 22,882 73%
65+ 4,726 15.1%
Median Age 40.6
Average Family Size 3.09
White 28,606 91.2%
African-American 559 1.8%
Asian 716 2.3%
American Indian & Alaskan 24 0.1%
Other 1,086 3.5%
Mixed Race 370 1.2%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 2,792 8.9%

Estimated Highland Park Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 31,380
Growth 15
Growth % 0%

Highland 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
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 19.6%
Russian 15.8%
US/American 10.3%
German 10.1%
Italian 8.2%
Polish 6.4%
Irish 4.5%
English 3.4%
Eastern European 3%
European 2.4%
Ukrainian 1.6%
Hungarian 1.1%
Swedish 1%
Austrian 1%
Lithuanian 1%
Scottish 0.8%
Norwegian 0.8%
British 0.7%
Israeli 0.7%
Romanian 0.7%
Greek 0.6%
Czech 0.5%
Dutch 0.5%
Scotch-Irish 0.5%
Danish 0.4%
French (except Basque) 0.4%
Canadian 0.4%
Northern European 0.3%
Czechoslovakian 0.3%
Slovene 0.2%
Latvian 0.2%
French Canadian 0.2%
South African 0.2%
Finnish 0.2%
Basque 0.2%
Swiss 0.2%
Welsh 0.2%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Highland Park, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Fort Sheridan (60037)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Highland Park 31,365 $117,235
Bannockburn 1,429 $151,825
Deerfield 18,420 $118,683
Glencoe 8,762 $200,001
Highwood 4,143 $53,000
Northbrook 33,435 $110,778
Riverwoods 3,843 $166,076

Highland Park Public Libraries

Highland Park P.l.
Highland Park, Illinois
(847) 432-0216
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Starbucks in Highland Park

(As of 2005)
Deerfield Rd./Highland Park D/T
1833 Deerfield Rd.
Port Clinton
600 Central Ave
Renaissance Place
1849 Greenbay Rd
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Highland Park High Schools (2004)

(Sorted by Number of Students)

Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 1,844 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.6

A Special Education School
Serves 143 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 6.5

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