Introduction to Prospect Heights, Illinois

Prospect Heights, Illinois, in Cook county, is 2 miles N of Mount Prospect, Illinois and 21 miles NW of Chicago, Illinois. The city is part of the Chicago metropolitan statistical area.

Prospect Heights History

The city of Prospect Heights was first settled in in 1935. Prospect Heights was named after Mount Prospect and Arlington Heights, which are both close to the city. On January 31, 1976, the area was incorporated as a city.

Prospect Heights and nearby Attractions

  • Arlington Park
  • Wheeling Historical Museum
  • Friendship Park Conservatory
  • Kiddieland Amusement Park
  • McFetridge Sports Center at California Park
  • Six Flags Great America

Things To Do In Prospect Heights

There are several well maintained parks in Prospect Heights that offer numerous recreational facilities. Among these are Country Gardens, Izaak Walton Park, John Muir Park, Rosemary Roth Park, Somerset Park and Claire Lane Park.

Prospect Heights Transportation

Chicago O'Hare International is the nearest airport.

Prospect Heights Higher Education

Oakton Community College, William Rainey Harper College and Trinity International University are close by.


Total Population 16,370
Male Share of the Population 48.6%
Female Share of the Population 51.4%
Senior Citizens 14.5%
Employed Population 16+ 7,979
Age of the Population 38


% of people married 58%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 35.8%
Median Earnings25+ $35,418
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $18,979
Median Earnings With High School Degree $26,609


Median Family Income $68,537
% Above Poverty Level 89%
% Below Poverty Level 11%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 25 minutes
% Working from Home 5.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.2%
% Using Public Transportation 1.8%


People Living Alone 25.8%
Median Gross Rent $976
Median House Value $257,400


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 40.5%
US/American 0%
English 3.2%
Irish 7%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Prospect Heights Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 2 miles N of Mount Prospect, Illinois (center to center)
Nearest Large City 21 miles NW of Chicago, Illinois
County Cook
Standard Zip Codes 60070
Phone Area Codes 847
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.095
Longitude -87.937

Prospect Heights Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 7.8 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 8.3 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 17.8 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Arlington Heights 75,802 $102,734
Des Plaines 58,930 $79,636

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Prospect Heights Public Libraries

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Prospect Heights, Illinois
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