Northfield, Illinois

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Northfield, Illinois

Introduction to Northfield, Illinois

Northfield, Illinois, in Cook county, is 5 miles NW of Skokie, Illinois and 17 miles N of Chicago, Illinois. The village’s population is 5,389.

Northfield History

Northfield was officially incorporated as a village in 1926. Cook County was founded on January 15, 1831, and was created out of Putnam County. The county was named in honor of Daniel Cook, one of the youngest statesmen in the history of Illinois and the first Attorney General of Illinois. In 1839, DuPage County was created out of parts of Cook County.

Northfield and nearby Attractions

  • Arlington Heights Historical Museum
  • Millennium Park
  • Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art
  • Cantigny Park
  • Chicago Children's Museum
  • Lincoln Park Zoo

Things To Do In Northfield

The Adler Planetarium, the Skokie Northshore Sculpture Park, the Leaning Tower of Niles, the Friendship Park Conservatory and the Chicago Botanic Garden are all accessible from Northfield. The Brookfield Zoo, Cosley Zoo, Lincoln Park Zoo and the Shedd Aquarium are also nearby. The Willowhill Golf Course, the Edgebrook Golf Course and the Glencoe Golf Club are some of the local golf courses. Popular local parks include the Willow Park South, Clarkson Park and Northfield Park.

Northfield Transportation

Chicago O’Hare International is the nearest major airport.

Northfield Higher Education

Northwestern University, Oakton Community College and the School of Art Institute of Chicago are some of the local colleges and universities.

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High Points

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

Category Trophy
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. Peers)
Top 1% trophy Northfield Low Rate of Poverty
People in Middle Class or Better
(vs. Peers)
Top 2% trophy Northfield People in Middle Class or Better
Well-Paid Single Men
(vs. Peers)
Top 2% trophy Northfield Well-Paid Single Men
Well-Paid Single Women
(vs. Peers)
Top 2% trophy Northfield Well-Paid Single Women
College Educated Adults
(vs. Peers)
Top 2% trophy Northfield College Educated Adults
Median Family Income
(vs. Peers)
Top 3% trophy Northfield Median Family Income
Public Transportation Use
(vs. Peers)
Top 9% Northfield Public Transportation Use

Comparative Profile of Northfield, Illinois

Comparing Northfield 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
Age of the Population 10 10
Senior Citizens 10 9
Female Share of the Population 7 7
Racial Diversity 5 8
Male Share of the Population 4 4
Children Under 5 Years Old 3 4


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 9 9
Average Household Size 5 6


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

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Public Transportation Use 10 10
Working at Home 9 10
Walking and Biking to Work 4 5
Short Commute Times 3 4


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 8 10
People Living Alone 4 4
Housing Recently Built 4 6
Affordability of Property Taxes 1 1
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 1 1
Affordability of Rents 1 1

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Northfield Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 5 miles NW of Skokie, Illinois (center to center)
Nearest Large City 17 miles N of Chicago, Illinois
County Cook
Standard Zip Codes 60093
Phone Area Codes 847
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.099
Longitude -87.78

Northfield Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 2.3 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 18.1 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
Station WHEATON 3 SE
Distance 24.5 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
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Northfield Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 5,389 100%
Male 2,565 47.6%
Female 2,824 52.4%
Under 18 1,394 25.9%
18+ 3,995 74.1%
65+ 1,125 20.9%
Median Age 44.4
Average Family Size 3.04
White 4,984 92.5%
African-American 28 0.5%
Asian 300 5.6%
American Indian & Alaskan 2 0%
Other 23 0.4%
Mixed Race 52 1%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 90 1.7%

Estimated Northfield Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 5,543
Growth 154
Growth % 2.9%

Northfield 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 16.5%
German 16.2%
English 13.8%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 8%
US/American 6.7%
Polish 5.9%
Italian 4.9%
Russian 4.2%
Scottish 3.8%
Swedish 2.5%
Scotch-Irish 1.8%
Norwegian 1.5%
Lithuanian 1.4%
Greek 1%
French (except Basque) 0.9%
Hungarian 0.9%
Dutch 0.9%
Eastern European 0.9%
British 0.8%
Bulgarian 0.8%
Scandinavian 0.7%
Croatian 0.7%
Ukrainian 0.6%
Welsh 0.6%
Swiss 0.5%
Danish 0.5%
Austrian 0.5%
Lebanese 0.4%
Armenian 0.3%
Slovak 0.3%
Romanian 0.3%
Luxemburger 0.2%
Northern European 0.2%
Belgian 0.2%
Czechoslovakian 0.2%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Hubbard Woods (60093)

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)
Northfield 5,389 $114,279
Glencoe 8,762 $200,001
Glenview 41,847 $96,552
Golf 451 $138,560
Kenilworth 2,494 $200,001
Northbrook 33,435 $110,778
Winnetka 12,419 $200,001

Starbucks in Northfield

(As of 2005)
1822 Willow Road
1799 Willow Rd
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