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.


Total Population 15,675
Male Share of the Population 49.2%
Female Share of the Population 50.8%
Senior Citizens 13.7%
Employed Population 16+ 6,856
Age of the Population 40


% of people married 58.7%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 59.8%
Median Earnings25+ $62,332
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $18,214
Median Earnings With High School Degree $23,657


Median Family Income $127,109
% Above Poverty Level 93.2%
% Below Poverty Level 6.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 31 minutes
% Working from Home 6.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.4%
% Using Public Transportation 17%


People Living Alone 23.7%
Median Gross Rent $1,078
Median House Value $424,900


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 19.9%
US/American 0.1%
English 8.7%
Irish 30.4%

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

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 Population Median Family Income
Brookfield 19,022 $87,615
Countryside 5,974 $68,125

La Grange Hospitals

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

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Student/teacher ratio: 17.3

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