Park Ridge, Illinois

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Park Ridge, Illinois

Introduction to Park Ridge, Illinois

Park Ridge, Illinois, in Cook county, is 2 miles SE of Des Plaines, Illinois (center to center) and 14 miles NW of Chicago, Illinois. The city is considered part of the Chicago metropolitan area. Park Ridge has a population of 37,775.

Park Ridge History

The Pottawatomie Native Americans were the original inhabitants of the city now known as Park Ridge. The Yankee settlers arrived after 1833. Mancel Talcott was one of the early settlers of Park Ridge. George Penny's brickworks factory was opened in 1854 and the community was informally named Pennyville. The name was later changed to Brickton by George Penny. In 1873, the area was incorporated as a village and was renamed Park Ridge. In 1910, Park Ridge was reincorporated as a city.

Park Ridge and nearby Attractions

  • Park Ridge Historical Museum
  • Leaning Tower of Niles
  • Friendship Park Conservatory
  • Kiddieland Amusement Park
  • The American Toby Jug Museum
  • Lincoln Park

Things To Do In Park Ridge

While staying in Park Ridge you can spend your leisure time at Maine Park, Morgan Park, Ni - Ridge Park, Northwest Park, Cumberland Park, Jaycee Park, Woodland Park, Northeast Park, and Oakton Park. You can also visit the Donald E. Stephens Museum of Hummel's and the Park Ridge Public Library. The Lincoln Park Zoo, American Toby Jug Museum, and the Kiddieland Amusement Park are also nearby.

Park Ridge Transportation

Chicago O’Hare International Airport is nearby.

Park Ridge Higher Education

Oakton Community College, Triton College, Northeastern Illinois University, and several other colleges and universities offer higher educational facilities.

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High Points

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

Category Trophy
People in Middle Class or Better
(vs. Peers)
Top 4% trophy Park Ridge People in Middle Class or Better
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. Peers)
Top 4% trophy Park Ridge Low Rate of Poverty
College Educated Adults
(vs. State)
Top 7% Park Ridge College Educated Adults
Median Family Income
(vs. Peers)
Top 7% Park Ridge Median Family Income
Well-Paid Single Men
(vs. Peers)
Top 7% Park Ridge Well-Paid Single Men
Well-Paid Single Women
(vs. Peers)
Top 8% Park Ridge Well-Paid Single Women
Public Transportation Use
(vs. Peers)
Top 9% Park Ridge Public Transportation Use

Comparative Profile of Park Ridge, Illinois

Comparing Park Ridge 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
Senior Citizens 10 9
Well-Paid Single Men 10 10
Well-Paid Single Women 10 10
Female Share of the Population 9 8
Children Under 5 Years Old 3 3
Male Share of the Population 3 4
Racial Diversity 2 7


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 9 9
Average Household Size 6 7


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People in Middle Class or Better 10 10
People Above Poverty 10 10
Median Family Income 10 10
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 5 7
Short Commute Times 4 4


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Living Alone 5 4
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 4 6
Housing Recently Built 3 5
Affordability of Rents 2 1
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 2 5
Affordability of Property Taxes 1 1

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Park Ridge Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 2 miles SE of Des Plaines, Illinois (center to center)
Nearest Large City 14 miles NW of Chicago, Illinois
County Cook
Standard Zip Codes 60068
Phone Area Codes 847
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.011
Longitude -87.84

Park Ridge Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 4.4 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 9 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
Station WHEATON 3 SE
Distance 17.8 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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Park Ridge Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 37,775 100%
Male 17,902 47.4%
Female 19,873 52.6%
Under 18 9,266 24.5%
18+ 28,509 75.5%
65+ 7,421 19.6%
Median Age 42.5
Average Family Size 3.13
White 36,031 95.4%
African-American 90 0.2%
Asian 1,004 2.7%
American Indian & Alaskan 24 0.1%
Other 329 0.9%
Mixed Race 279 0.7%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 1,113 2.9%

Estimated Park Ridge Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 36,983
Growth -792
Growth % -2.1%

Park Ridge 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
Polish 18%
Irish 17.2%
German 17.1%
Italian 14.3%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 6.9%
English 3.8%
Greek 3.2%
Swedish 2.6%
US/American 2.5%
Norwegian 2.1%
Scotch-Irish 0.9%
Russian 0.8%
Ukrainian 0.8%
Danish 0.7%
Scottish 0.7%
Czech 0.7%
French (except Basque) 0.6%
Austrian 0.6%
Hungarian 0.5%
Slovak 0.5%
Lithuanian 0.4%
Czechoslovakian 0.4%
European 0.4%
Romanian 0.4%
Dutch 0.3%
Swiss 0.3%
Assyrian/Chaldean/Syriac 0.3%
Arab/Arabic 0.3%
British 0.2%
Serbian 0.2%
Slovene 0.2%
Yugoslavian 0.2%
Welsh 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Park Ridge 37,775 $87,795
Des Plaines 58,720 $65,806
Harwood Heights 8,297 $52,169
Morton Grove 22,451 $72,778
Niles 30,068 $58,215
Norridge 14,582 $57,007
Rosemont 4,224 $44,939

Park Ridge Public Libraries

Park Ridge P.l.
Park Ridge, Illinois
(847) 825-3123

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Park Ridge Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
(847) 723-2210
Emergency Service: Yes

Starbucks in Park Ridge

(As of 2005)
481 Busse Hwy.
100 S. Northwest Highway
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Park Ridge High Schools (2004)

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Serves 2,487 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.3

Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 2,110 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12.9

A Special Education School
Serves 29 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 4.1

A Special Education School
Serves 23 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 3.8

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