La Grange, Illinois

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La Grange, Illinois

Introduction to La Grange, Illinois

La Grange, Illinois, in Cook county, is 5 miles SW of Berwyn, Illinois and 11 miles W of Chicago, Illinois. The village is included in the Chicago metropolitan area. As of the year 2000 census, 15,608 people lived in La Grange.

La Grange History

The area which is now known as La Grange was initially settled in during the 1830s. Among the first settlers was Robert Leitch, who arrived in this area in 1830. Franklin Dwight Cossitt played a major role in the development of La Grange. It was he who gave the village its present name, La Grange, in the honor of a similarly named community in Tennessee. The area was officially incorporated as the Village of La Grange in June 1879.

La Grange and nearby Attractions

  • La Grange Park
  • Brookfield Zoo
  • Graue Mill and Museum
  • Unity Temple
  • American Police Center & Museum
  • Bernis Woods

Things To Do In La Grange

La Grange offers a quiet and peaceful life with all kinds of amenities. There are many opportunities for recreation in and around the village. The huge areas of parklands and woods provide a variety of activities, from jogging, hiking, biking, and various other sports, to simply relaxing with friends. The neighboring areas also have some museums where one can pass many interesting hours.

La Grange Transportation

Air transportation is available from Chicago O’Hare International Airport.

La Grange Higher Education

Elmhurst College, Moraine Valley Community College, Morton College and Triton College offer opportunities for higher education.

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High Points

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

Category Trophy
Public Transportation Use
(vs. Peers)
Top 2% trophy La Grange Public Transportation Use
Well-Paid Single Men
(vs. Peers)
Top 4% trophy La Grange Well-Paid Single Men
Well-Paid Single Women
(vs. Peers)
Top 5% trophy La Grange Well-Paid Single Women
College Educated Adults
(vs. Peers)
Top 6% La Grange College Educated Adults
Median Family Income
(vs. Peers)
Top 6% La Grange Median Family Income
People in Middle Class or Better
(vs. Peers)
Top 14% La Grange People in Middle Class or Better
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. Peers)
Top 19% La Grange Low Rate of Poverty

Comparative Profile of La Grange, Illinois

Comparing La Grange 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
Children Under 5 Years Old 9 9
Racial Diversity 7 9
Male Share of the Population 7 6
Age of the Population 7 6
Senior Citizens 5 5
Female Share of the Population 5 5


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


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

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Public Transportation Use 10 10
Working at Home 9 10
Walking and Biking to Work 7 8
Short Commute Times 2 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Living Alone 4 4
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 3 5
Affordability of Rents 3 2
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 2 5
Affordability of Property Taxes 2 1
Housing Recently Built 2 3

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La Grange Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 5 miles SW of Berwyn, Illinois (center to center)
Nearest Large City 11 miles W of Chicago, Illinois
County Cook
Standard Zip Codes 60525
Phone Area Codes 708
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.805
Longitude -87.869

La Grange Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 6.6 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 31 F
Apr Temp 40 to 59 F
Jul Temp 66 to 85 F
Oct Temp 45 to 63 F
Annual Precip 38.3 inches
Station WHEATON 3 SE
Distance 10.2 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
Distance 23.1 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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La Grange Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 15,608 100%
Male 7,572 48.5%
Female 8,036 51.5%
Under 18 4,441 28.5%
18+ 11,167 71.5%
65+ 2,105 13.5%
Median Age 37.8
Average Family Size 3.23
White 14,206 91%
African-American 939 6%
Asian 156 1%
American Indian & Alaskan 14 0.1%
Other 155 1%
Mixed Race 135 0.9%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 572 3.7%

Estimated La Grange Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 15,482
Growth -126
Growth % -0.8%

La Grange 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
Irish 20.6%
German 16.8%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 10.8%
Polish 8.7%
Italian 8.4%
English 5.5%
Czech 3.5%
US/American 3.4%
Swedish 2.7%
Norwegian 2.2%
French (except Basque) 2%
Dutch 1.7%
Lithuanian 1.6%
Greek 1.2%
Scotch-Irish 1%
Scottish 0.9%
Russian 0.9%
Croatian 0.8%
Czechoslovakian 0.8%
European 0.6%
French Canadian 0.6%
African 0.6%
Welsh 0.5%
Slovak 0.5%
British 0.4%
Austrian 0.3%
Danish 0.3%
Swiss 0.3%
Ukrainian 0.3%
Slovene 0.2%
Yugoslavian 0.2%
Hungarian 0.2%
Macedonian 0.2%
Belgian 0.2%
Lebanese 0.2%
Canadian 0.2%
Arab/Arabic 0.2%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Ind Head Park (60525)
Indianhead Park (60525)
La Grange Highlands (60525)

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)
La Grange 15,608 $95,554
Brookfield 19,085 $64,075
Countryside 5,991 $64,535
Hodgkins 2,134 $42,313
La Grange Park 13,295 $76,441
Lyons 10,255 $51,384
Western Springs 12,493 $108,870

La Grange Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
(708) 352-1200
Emergency Service: Yes

Starbucks in La Grange

(As of 2005)
38 S La Grange Rd
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Student/teacher ratio: 17.3

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