Naperville, Illinois

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Naperville, Illinois

Introduction to Naperville, Illinois

The Illinois city of Naperville, one of the largest cities in the state, sits about 30 miles west of Chicago. The city is principally located in DuPage County, with parts of it overlapping into Will County. Several major highways encompass the city, including Interstates I-88, I-55, and I-355; U.S. Route 34; and Illinois State Highways 53 and 59. Naperville also has one private airport, the Naper Aero Club field, on its western edge. Naperville is home to North Central College and houses satellite campuses of Northern Illinois University, Robert Morris College, and DePaul University.

First settled in 1831 by Captain Joseph Naper and his brother John, Naperville became incorporated as a city in 1890. A rural community during most of its existence, Naperville began to experience a population surge in the 1960s which continued through the end of the 20th century, coincident with the urban sprawl from the Chicago metropolitan area which introduced several large corporations, employment, and prosperity to the area. In 2006 Naperville marked the 175th anniversary of its founding with a series of concerts and celebrations taking place throughout the city.

Naperville Events and Attractions

Naperville hosts many annual events. In addition to traditional parades to celebrate Saint Patrick's Day and Memorial Day, the city is home to the annual Ribfest, an outdoor food festival held during the days leading up to and including Independence Day, a Labor Day festival and carnival known as Last Fling (Labor Day weekend), and a series of weekly summer concerts featuring the Naperville Municipal Band held in the city's Central Park.

Naperville is also home to several cultural, artistic, and recreational attractions. Among them are the following:

  • Naper Settlement: A museum village consisting of 19th-century homes and shops.
  • Summerplace Theatre: A community theatre performing three to four shows each year.
  • Centennial Beach: Accommodates thousands of visitors each year.
  • Riverwalk: Built by residents in 1981 to commemorate the city's 150th birthday.
  • DuPage Symphony Orchestra: Includes 85 members who perform a wide array of concerts and special events throughout the year.
  • Millennium Carillon: A musical tower featuring 72 bronze bells ranging in weight from ten pounds to six tons.
  • Naperville Men's Glee Club: Nationally-recognized and in frequent demand throughout the greater Chicago area.
  • DuPage children's Museum
  • Magical Starlight Theatre /li>

Naperville sports fans only need to travel a short 15 minutes to the adjacent city of Geneva, which is home to the Kane County Cougars, a Class Single-A affiliate of Major League Baseball's Oakland Athletics. The Cougars are members of the Midwest League. For major league professional sports action, fans can take a slightly longer ride east to the city of Chicago, which is replete with teams encompassing just about every major sport. Chicago teams include the following:

  • Chicago Bears: National Football League (NFL)
  • Chicago Bulls: National Basketball Association (NBA)
  • Chicago White Sox: Major League Baseball (American League)
  • Chicago Cubs: Major League Baseball (National League)
  • Chicago Fire: Major League Soccer (MLS)
  • Chicago Blackhawks: National Hockey League (NHL)
  • Chicago Sky: Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA)
  • Chicago Rush: Arena Football League (AFL)
  • Chicago Machine: Major League Lacrosse (MLL)
  • Chicago Rockstars: American Basketball Association (ABA)

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High Points

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

Category Trophy
College Educated Adults
(vs. Peers)
Top 1% trophy Naperville College Educated Adults
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. Peers)
Top 1% trophy Naperville Low Rate of Poverty
Low Property Crime
(vs. Peers)
Top 1% trophy Naperville Low Property Crime
People in Middle Class or Better
(vs. Peers)
Top 1% trophy Naperville People in Middle Class or Better
Median Family Income
(vs. Peers)
Top 1% trophy Naperville Median Family Income
Well-Paid Single Women
(vs. Peers)
Top 3% trophy Naperville Well-Paid Single Women
Well-Paid Single Men
(vs. Peers)
Top 3% trophy Naperville Well-Paid Single Men
Public Transportation Use
(vs. State)
Top 8% Naperville Public Transportation Use
Racial Diversity
(vs. State)
Top 17% Naperville Racial Diversity

Comparative Profile of Naperville, Illinois

Comparing Naperville 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
Well-Paid Single Men 10 10
Children Under 5 Years Old 9 9
Age of the Population 8 3
Male Share of the Population 6 7
Female Share of the Population 5 4
Racial Diversity 1 9
Senior Citizens 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 10 10
Average Household Size 9 9


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

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Working at Home 10 10
Public Transportation Use 9 10
Walking and Biking to Work 1 7
Short Commute Times 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Housing Recently Built 10 10
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 8 8
People Living Alone 1 2
Affordability of Rents 1 1
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 1 8
Affordability of Property Taxes 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Low Property Crime 10 9

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Naperville Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 26 miles W of Chicago, Illinois
County Du Page
Standard Zip Codes 60540, 60563, 60564, 60565
P.O. Box Zip Codes 60566, 60567
Phone Area Codes 630
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.75
Longitude -88.15

Naperville Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Station WHEATON 3 SE
Distance 6.3 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 20.1 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 29.7 miles
Jan Temp 15 to 29 F
Apr Temp 39 to 58 F
Jul Temp 65 to 84 F
Oct Temp 43 to 63 F
Annual Precip 38.6 inches
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Naperville Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 128,358 100%
Male 62,831 48.9%
Female 65,527 51.1%
Under 18 40,852 31.8%
18+ 87,506 68.2%
65+ 7,991 6.2%
Median Age 34.2
Average Family Size 3.37
White 109,346 85.2%
African-American 3,887 3%
Asian 12,380 9.6%
American Indian & Alaskan 154 0.1%
Other 967 0.8%
Mixed Race 1,600 1.2%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 4,160 3.2%

Estimated Naperville Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 141,579
Growth 13,221
Growth % 10.3%

Naperville 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
German 19.8%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 17.5%
Irish 12.8%
Italian 9.5%
Polish 8.4%
English 6.6%
US/American 2.9%
Swedish 2.1%
Norwegian 1.6%
Dutch 1.5%
French (except Basque) 1.4%
Czech 1.3%
Greek 1.2%
Scottish 1.1%
Scotch-Irish 1%
Russian 0.9%
European 0.8%
Lithuanian 0.7%
Danish 0.6%
Hungarian 0.5%
French Canadian 0.5%
Czechoslovakian 0.5%
British 0.5%
Austrian 0.4%
Iranian 0.4%
Ukrainian 0.4%
Canadian 0.4%
Slovak 0.4%
Welsh 0.4%
Croatian 0.4%
Swiss 0.3%
Scandinavian 0.2%
Finnish 0.2%
Serbian 0.2%
Lebanese 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Naperville 128,358 $101,590
Bolingbrook 56,321 $71,527
Downers Grove 48,724 $80,604
Lemont 13,098 $80,558
Lisle 21,182 $86,917
Warrenville 13,363 $72,233
Woodridge 30,934 $71,546

Naperville Public Libraries

Naperville Public Libraries
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Naperville Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
(630) 527-3000
Emergency Service: Yes

Starbucks in Naperville

(As of 2005)
860 West 75th Street
128 E. Ogden Ave.
1555 N Aurora Rd
1300 S Naper Blvd
3116 South Route 59
I-59 & Aurora D/T
Iroquois Center
1163 E Ogden Ave
42 W. Jefferson St
1767 W. Ogden Ave.
River Square
22 East Chicago Ave.
Super Target Naperville ST-840
1951 W Jefferson Ave

Wal-mart in Naperville

(As of 2006)
776 South Route 59
(630) 416-1000
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2360 95TH ST
Serves 3,510 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.2

Serves 3,018 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.4

Serves 3,005 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.8

A Special Education School
Serves 104 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 6.8

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