Western Springs, Illinois

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Western Springs, Illinois

Introduction to Western Springs, Illinois

Western Springs, Illinois, in Cook county, is 6 miles SW of Berwyn, Illinois and 13 miles W of Chicago, Illinois. The village benefits from easy access to the nearby cities and towns with which it shares the Chicago metropolitan area. Western Springs contains a population of approximately 12,493.

Western Springs History

The village was incorporated in 1886 by a small farming community. Soon, Swedish immigrants started moving in. In the late 1880s, John Charles Vaughan started building greenhouses in the village. Consequently, the village of Western Springs became known for its production and export of high-quality seeds.

Western Springs and nearby Attractions

  • Thomas Ford Memorial Library
  • Garden Market Shopping Center
  • Western Springs Village Hall
  • All Saints Episcopal Church
  • Rock Springs Park

Things To Do in Western Springs

The village boasts of a number of beautiful parks, such as Ridge Acres Park, Ridgewood Park, Rock Springs Park and Springdale Park. These parks are ideal picnic spots. The Garden Market Shopping Center is also a popular shopping spot.

Western Springs Transportation

Air transportation facilities are provided by Chicago Midway International Airport.

Western Springs Higher Education

Elmhurst College and Moraine Valley Community College provide higher education to the people of Western Springs.

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High Points

Western Springs 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 1% trophy Western Springs People in Middle Class or Better
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. Peers)
Top 1% trophy Western Springs Low Rate of Poverty
College Educated Adults
(vs. Peers)
Top 2% trophy Western Springs College Educated Adults
Median Family Income
(vs. Peers)
Top 3% trophy Western Springs Median Family Income
Public Transportation Use
(vs. Peers)
Top 3% trophy Western Springs Public Transportation Use
Well-Paid Single Women
(vs. State)
Top 8% Western Springs Well-Paid Single Women
Well-Paid Single Men
(vs. Peers)
Top 10% Western Springs Well-Paid Single Men

Comparative Profile of Western Springs, Illinois

Comparing Western Springs 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 9 10
Children Under 5 Years Old 9 9
Age of the Population 8 8
Male Share of the Population 6 5
Senior Citizens 6 5
Female Share of the Population 5 6
Racial Diversity 2 6


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 10 10
Average Household Size 9 9


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People in Middle Class or Better 10 10
People Above Poverty 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 10 10
Walking and Biking to Work 4 6
Short Commute Times 2 2


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

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Western Springs Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 6 miles SW of Berwyn, Illinois (center to center)
Nearest Large City 13 miles W of Chicago, Illinois
County Cook
Standard Zip Codes 60558
Phone Area Codes 708
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.809
Longitude -87.9

Western Springs Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 8 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 31 F
Apr Temp 40 to 59 F
Jul Temp 66 to 85 F
Oct Temp 45 to 63 F
Annual Precip 38.3 inches
Station WHEATON 3 SE
Distance 8.6 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
Station AURORA
Distance 21.7 miles
Jan Temp 11 to 29 F
Apr Temp 36 to 59 F
Jul Temp 61 to 84 F
Oct Temp 38 to 63 F
Annual Precip 38.3 inches
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Western Springs Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 12,493 100%
Male 6,031 48.3%
Female 6,462 51.7%
Under 18 3,869 31%
18+ 8,624 69%
65+ 1,804 14.4%
Median Age 39.8
Average Family Size 3.23
White 12,283 98.3%
African-American 23 0.2%
Asian 90 0.7%
American Indian & Alaskan 5 0%
Other 26 0.2%
Mixed Race 66 0.5%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 212 1.7%

Estimated Western Springs Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 12,530
Growth 37
Growth % 0.3%

Western Springs 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 24.9%
German 16.4%
Italian 10.6%
Polish 9.5%
English 5.9%
Swedish 4.2%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 3.4%
US/American 2.9%
Czech 2.8%
Lithuanian 1.8%
Scottish 1.7%
Scotch-Irish 1.5%
Dutch 1.4%
Greek 1.4%
Norwegian 1.3%
French (except Basque) 1.1%
Czechoslovakian 1%
Slovak 0.8%
Croatian 0.8%
Russian 0.7%
European 0.7%
Danish 0.6%
Serbian 0.6%
Yugoslavian 0.5%
Ukrainian 0.4%
British 0.3%
Swiss 0.3%
Armenian 0.3%
Lebanese 0.2%
Austrian 0.2%
Iranian 0.2%
Welsh 0.2%
Turkish 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Western Springs 12,493 $108,870
Brookfield 19,085 $64,075
Countryside 5,991 $64,535
Hinsdale 17,349 $132,993
La Grange 15,608 $95,554
La Grange Park 13,295 $76,441
Oak Brook 8,702 $169,718

Western Springs Public Libraries

Thomas Ford Memorial Library
Western Springs, Illinois
(708) 246-0520
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14 Garden Market St
1013 W. Burlington Ave.
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