Westchester, Illinois

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Westchester, Illinois

Introduction to Westchester, Illinois

Westchester, Illinois, in Cook county, is 4 miles W of Berwyn, Illinois and 12 miles W of Chicago, Illinois. The village is in the Chicago area. There are 16,824 residents in Westchester.

Westchester History

The village of Westchester was settled in by German farmers in the mid 19th century. Samuel Insull purchased 2,200 acres of the land in 1924, and planned to recreate an English style town. Westchester was incorporated in 1926. By 1930, the Garfield Park rapid transit line was extended, enabling prospective buyers to visit the village conveniently. However, the rapid transit line was removed in the 1950s.

Westchester and nearby Attractions

  • Brookfield Zoo
  • Graue Mill and Museum
  • Kiddieland Amusement Park
  • Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art
  • McFetridge Sports Center at California Park
  • DuPage Children's Museum

Things To Do In Westchester

During your stay in Westchester, you can visit the Wolf Road Prairie Nature Preserve. Games of tennis and soccer can be enjoyed at the Community Park and Gladstone Park. Mayfair Park also offers sand volleyball courts, softball diamonds and scenic picnic areas. You can also spend your leisure time at the Westbrook Commons Shopping Center.

Westchester Transportation

Chicago O'Hare International Airport is close to the village.

Westchester Higher Education

Opportunities for higher studies are offered by Elmhurst College, and City Colleges of Chicago - Wilbur Wright College.

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High Points

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

Category Trophy
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. Peers)
Top 7% Westchester Low Rate of Poverty
Well-Paid Single Men
(vs. State)
Top 11% Westchester Well-Paid Single Men
People in Middle Class or Better
(vs. Peers)
Top 11% Westchester People in Middle Class or Better
Well-Paid Single Women
(vs. Peers)
Top 12% Westchester Well-Paid Single Women
Median Family Income
(vs. State)
Top 14% Westchester Median Family Income
Public Transportation Use
(vs. Peers)
Top 14% Westchester Public Transportation Use
College Educated Adults
(vs. State)
Top 15% Westchester College Educated Adults
Racial Diversity
(vs. State)
Top 15% Westchester Racial Diversity

Comparative Profile of Westchester, Illinois

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


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 8 7
Average Household Size 4 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Above Poverty 10 10
People in Middle Class or Better 9 9
Median Family Income 9 9
College Educated Adults 8 9

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Public Transportation Use 9 9
Working at Home 5 5
Walking and Biking to Work 4 6
Short Commute Times 3 5


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

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Westchester Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 4 miles W of Berwyn, Illinois (center to center)
Nearest Large City 12 miles W of Chicago, Illinois
County Cook
Standard Zip Codes 60154
Phone Area Codes 708
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.85
Longitude -87.881

Westchester Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 9.4 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
Station WHEATON 3 SE
Distance 9.8 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
Distance 20.2 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
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Westchester Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 16,824 100%
Male 7,836 46.6%
Female 8,988 53.4%
Under 18 3,121 18.6%
18+ 13,703 81.4%
65+ 4,273 25.4%
Median Age 44.9
Average Family Size 2.88
White 14,494 86.2%
African-American 1,212 7.2%
Asian 579 3.4%
American Indian & Alaskan 11 0.1%
Other 334 2%
Mixed Race 193 1.1%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 956 5.7%

Estimated Westchester Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 16,177
Growth -647
Growth % -3.8%

Westchester 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
Italian 20.3%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 16%
Irish 12.8%
German 12.3%
Polish 11.8%
Czech 5.2%
Greek 3%
English 2.3%
Lithuanian 2%
Swedish 1.6%
Czechoslovakian 1.5%
Norwegian 1.2%
US/American 1%
Croatian 1%
Dutch 0.9%
Slovak 0.9%
French (except Basque) 0.7%
Scotch-Irish 0.6%
Scottish 0.6%
Ukrainian 0.5%
French Canadian 0.4%
Swiss 0.4%
Slovene 0.3%
Yugoslavian 0.3%
Austrian 0.3%
European 0.3%
Russian 0.2%
Latvian 0.2%
Danish 0.2%
Macedonian 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Westchester 16,824 $70,313
Bellwood 20,535 $57,037
Broadview 8,264 $59,568
Brookfield 19,085 $64,075
Hillside 8,155 $59,375
La Grange Park 13,295 $76,441
Maywood 26,987 $46,776

Westchester Public Libraries

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Starbucks in Westchester

(As of 2005)
Cafe Viaggio
3020 S. Wolf Rd.
Eurest - Westbrook Corp Center
3 Westbrook Corporate Center, Suite L150
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