Northbrook, Illinois

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Northbrook, Illinois

Introduction to Northbrook, Illinois

Northbrook, Illinois, in Cook county, is 7 miles NE of Mount Prospect, Illinois (center to center) and 20 miles NW of Chicago, Illinois. The village is considered part of the Chicago metropolitan area. Northbrook has a population of 33,435.

Northbrook History

The present day village of Northbrook was originally inhabited by the Pottawatomie Native Americans. Joel Sterling Sherman purchased 159 acres of the land which later became the Northbrook Central Business District. The area was initially named Shermerville after Frederick Schermer who donated land for the construction of the first railroad station. The area was incorporated in 1901. The name was changed to Northbrook in 1923.

Northbrook and nearby Attractions

  • River Trail Nature Center
  • Highland Park Historical Society Museum
  • Friendship Park Conservatory
  • The American Toby Jug Museum
  • Six Flags Great America
  • Chicago Botanic Garden

Things To Do In Northbrook

Northbrook offers approximately 515 acres of parkland. You can visit Northbrook Park, Coast Guard Park, Salceda Park, Estates Tot Lot, Greenfield Park, Indian Ridge Park, and Crestwood Park. The village also organizes several sports and athletic programs at the Northbrook Sports Complex. Leisure hours can also be spent at the Sports Center Ice Rinks, Meadowhill Aquatic Center, Northbrook Climbing Tower, and Anetsberger Golf Course.

Northbrook Transportation

Chicago O’Hare International Airport can be reached within a few minutes.

Northbrook Higher Education

Trinity International University and Oakton Community College are nearby.

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High Points

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

Category Trophy
Median Family Income
(vs. Peers)
Top 1% trophy Northbrook Median Family Income
People in Middle Class or Better
(vs. Peers)
Top 1% trophy Northbrook People in Middle Class or Better
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. Peers)
Top 3% trophy Northbrook Low Rate of Poverty
College Educated Adults
(vs. Peers)
Top 3% trophy Northbrook College Educated Adults
Well-Paid Single Men
(vs. Peers)
Top 4% trophy Northbrook Well-Paid Single Men
Well-Paid Single Women
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Top 6% Northbrook Well-Paid Single Women
Public Transportation Use
(vs. Peers)
Top 9% Northbrook Public Transportation Use

Comparative Profile of Northbrook, Illinois

Comparing Northbrook 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
Age of the Population 10 10
Well-Paid Single Men 10 10
Well-Paid Single Women 10 10
Senior Citizens 10 8
Female Share of the Population 6 6
Male Share of the Population 5 5
Racial Diversity 3 8
Children Under 5 Years Old 2 3


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


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

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Working at Home 10 10
Public Transportation Use 10 10
Walking and Biking to Work 4 7
Short Commute Times 2 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 8 8
Housing Recently Built 6 8
People Living Alone 2 2
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 1 3
Affordability of Property Taxes 1 1
Affordability of Rents 1 1

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Northbrook Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 7 miles NE of Mount Prospect, Illinois (center to center)
Nearest Large City 20 miles NW of Chicago, Illinois
County Cook
Standard Zip Codes 60062
P.O. Box Zip Codes 60065
Phone Area Codes 847
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.127
Longitude -87.828

Northbrook Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 2.4 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 15.6 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 24.4 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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Northbrook Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 33,435 100%
Male 16,148 48.3%
Female 17,287 51.7%
Under 18 8,527 25.5%
18+ 24,908 74.5%
65+ 6,240 18.7%
Median Age 44.1
Average Family Size 3.07
White 29,830 89.2%
African-American 190 0.6%
Asian 2,958 8.8%
American Indian & Alaskan 13 0%
Other 119 0.4%
Mixed Race 322 1%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 616 1.8%

Estimated Northbrook Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 34,190
Growth 755
Growth % 2.3%

Northbrook 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) 17.3%
German 13.7%
Russian 11.7%
Irish 8.8%
Polish 7.9%
US/American 7.4%
English 5.6%
Italian 5.4%
Swedish 2.5%
Greek 1.9%
Scottish 1.5%
Austrian 1.2%
Dutch 1.2%
Norwegian 1.2%
Eastern European 1.1%
European 1%
Ukrainian 1%
Scotch-Irish 0.9%
French (except Basque) 0.9%
Lithuanian 0.8%
Romanian 0.7%
Hungarian 0.6%
Armenian 0.4%
Czech 0.4%
Danish 0.4%
Serbian 0.3%
Canadian 0.3%
Belgian 0.3%
Luxemburger 0.3%
British 0.3%
Lebanese 0.2%
Slovak 0.2%
Iranian 0.2%
Latvian 0.2%
Welsh 0.2%
Yugoslavian 0.2%
Czechoslovakian 0.2%
Swiss 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Northbrook 33,435 $110,778
Bannockburn 1,429 $151,825
Deerfield 18,420 $118,683
Glencoe 8,762 $200,001
Highland Park 31,365 $117,235
Northfield 5,389 $114,279
Riverwoods 3,843 $166,076

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Northbrook Meadows
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Student/teacher ratio: 13.7

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