La Grange Park, Illinois

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La Grange Park, Illinois

Introduction to La Grange Park, Illinois

La Grange Park, Illinois, in Cook county, is 3 miles W of Berwyn, Illinois and 11 miles W of Chicago, Illinois. The village is located in the Chicago metropolitan area. La Grange Park has a population of 13,295.

La Grange Park History

There is a very unusual story behind the incorporation of La Grange Park. It was essentially a small rural area in the 1890s when a stone mason, Pete Swanson, decided to make extra money for himself by setting up an illegal tavern in his house. He went on with his plans, but the residents of the area became tired of his activities and decided to move ahead with incorporation. After incorporation the residents would be able to regulate the sale of alcohol, and control development of the community. La Grange Park was incorporated in 1892.

La Grange Park and nearby Attractions

  • Brookfield Zoo
  • Graue Mill and Museum
  • Unity Temple
  • Ernest Hemingway Museum
  • Cernan Earth & Space Center
  • Bernis Woods

Things To Do In La Grange Park

The area around La Grange Park has facilities for a range of recreational activities. The nearby forest preserve is a great place to go hiking and observe the beauty of nature. The area also has two popular golf courses which would satisfy all golfers from amateurs to professionals.

La Grange Park Transportation

Chicago O’Hare International Airport is the closest major airport.

La Grange Park Higher Education

Elmhurst College, Triton College, Morton College and Wilbur Wright College are some institutions that provide facilities for higher education around La Grange Park.

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High Points

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

Category Trophy
Well-Paid Single Women
(vs. Peers)
Top 7% La Grange Park Well-Paid Single Women
Public Transportation Use
(vs. Peers)
Top 7% La Grange Park Public Transportation Use
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. Peers)
Top 8% La Grange Park Low Rate of Poverty
College Educated Adults
(vs. State)
Top 9% La Grange Park College Educated Adults
Well-Paid Single Men
(vs. Peers)
Top 10% La Grange Park Well-Paid Single Men
People in Middle Class or Better
(vs. Peers)
Top 13% La Grange Park People in Middle Class or Better
Median Family Income
(vs. Peers)
Top 14% La Grange Park Median Family Income

Comparative Profile of La Grange Park, Illinois

Comparing La Grange 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 Women 10 10
Senior Citizens 10 10
Female Share of the Population 10 10
Well-Paid Single Men 10 10
Age of the Population 9 9
Children Under 5 Years Old 6 7
Racial Diversity 6 8
Male Share of the Population 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 6 5
Average Household Size 4 3


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

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Public Transportation Use 10 10
Working at Home 9 9
Walking and Biking to Work 7 8
Short Commute Times 2 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Living Alone 8 8
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 8 9
Affordability of Rents 2 2
Housing Recently Built 2 4
Affordability of Property Taxes 2 2
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 2 4

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La Grange Park Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 3 miles W of Berwyn, Illinois (center to center)
Nearest Large City 11 miles W of Chicago, Illinois
County Cook
Standard Zip Codes 60526
Phone Area Codes 708
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.834
Longitude -87.861

La Grange 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 8.1 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 10.6 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 21 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 Park Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 13,295 100%
Male 6,074 45.7%
Female 7,221 54.3%
Under 18 3,149 23.7%
18+ 10,146 76.3%
65+ 2,901 21.8%
Median Age 41.1
Average Family Size 3.05
White 12,394 93.2%
African-American 409 3.1%
Asian 218 1.6%
American Indian & Alaskan 14 0.1%
Other 121 0.9%
Mixed Race 134 1%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 472 3.6%

Estimated La Grange Park Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 12,726
Growth -569
Growth % -4.3%

La Grange 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
Irish 18.8%
German 15.5%
Polish 13.3%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 9.5%
Italian 9%
Czech 5.8%
English 5.3%
US/American 3%
Swedish 2.1%
Czechoslovakian 1.7%
Lithuanian 1.7%
French (except Basque) 1.2%
Dutch 1.2%
Greek 1.2%
Russian 0.9%
Scottish 0.7%
European 0.7%
Scotch-Irish 0.7%
Norwegian 0.6%
Ukrainian 0.6%
Hungarian 0.5%
Yugoslavian 0.5%
Danish 0.5%
British 0.5%
Romanian 0.4%
Austrian 0.4%
Belgian 0.3%
Canadian 0.3%
Slavic 0.3%
Arab/Arabic 0.3%
Welsh 0.2%
French Canadian 0.2%
Jordanian 0.2%
Finnish 0.2%
Slovene 0.2%
Serbian 0.2%
Croatian 0.2%
Slovak 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
La Grange Park 13,295 $76,441
Broadview 8,264 $59,568
Brookfield 19,085 $64,075
La Grange 15,608 $95,554
Riverside 8,895 $80,146
Westchester 16,824 $70,313
Western Springs 12,493 $108,870

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