Wheaton, Illinois

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Wheaton, Illinois

Introduction to Wheaton, Illinois

Wheaton, Illinois, in Du Page county, is 24 miles W of Chicago, Illinois. The city is conveniently located inside the Chicago metropolitan area. There are an estimated 55,416 people in Wheaton.

Wheaton History

The modern day city of Wheaton was founded around 1836-37. The area was named after Warren L. Wheaton and Jesse C. Wheaton, its early settlers. Wheaton was surveyed in 1853 and incorporated in 1859. Warren Wheaton became the first President. On March 1, 1890, Wheaton was reincorporated and Judge Elbert Gary was the first mayor of the city. Wheaton became the county seat in 1871. The Theosophical Society of America established their national headquarters in Wheaton in 1926.

Wheaton and nearby Attractions

  • Fox River Trail
  • DuPage Children's Museum
  • Ferson Creek Park
  • Cosley Zoo
  • Billy Graham Center Museum
  • Pottawatomie Park

Things To Do In Wheaton

The city of Wheaton offers approximately 800 acres of park area for its residents and visitors. You can visit Cosley Zoo, Lincoln Marsh, Danada Forest Preserve and Equestrian Center during your leisure hours. The Rice Pool and Water Park offers three water slides. Golf can be enjoyed at Cantigny Park and Golf Course and Chicago Golf Club. The city is also home to the DuPage County Fairgrounds. You can also visit Wheaton Grand Theater.

Wheaton Transportation

The nearest international airport is Chicago O’Hare International Airport.

Wheaton Higher Education

Wheaton College is the local college. Opportunities for higher studies are also provided by Benedictine University, North Central College and College of Dupage.

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High Points

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

Category Trophy
College Educated Adults
(vs. Peers)
Top 5% trophy Wheaton College Educated Adults
Median Family Income
(vs. Peers)
Top 6% Wheaton Median Family Income
People in Middle Class or Better
(vs. Peers)
Top 6% Wheaton People in Middle Class or Better
Well-Paid Single Men
(vs. Peers)
Top 6% Wheaton Well-Paid Single Men
Well-Paid Single Women
(vs. Peers)
Top 7% Wheaton Well-Paid Single Women
Walking and Biking to Work
(vs. State)
Top 7% Wheaton Walking and Biking to Work
Public Transportation Use
(vs. Peers)
Top 12% Wheaton Public Transportation Use
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. Peers)
Top 12% Wheaton Low Rate of Poverty

Comparative Profile of Wheaton, Illinois

Comparing Wheaton 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 6 4
Male Share of the Population 6 6
Female Share of the Population 5 5
Senior Citizens 5 3
Children Under 5 Years Old 4 5
Racial Diversity 3 8


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 9 8
Average Household Size 7 7


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

Commute & Sprawl

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


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Housing Recently Built 7 9
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 5 9
People Living Alone 5 5
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 4 5
Affordability of Rents 2 1
Affordability of Property Taxes 1 1

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Wheaton Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 24 miles W of Chicago, Illinois
County Du Page
Standard Zip Codes 60187, 60188
P.O. Box Zip Codes 60189
Phone Area Codes 630
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.87
Longitude -88.12

Wheaton Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Station WHEATON 3 SE
Distance 4.6 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
Distance 19.8 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
Distance 25.1 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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Wheaton Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 55,416 100%
Male 26,988 48.7%
Female 28,428 51.3%
Under 18 14,500 26.2%
18+ 40,916 73.8%
65+ 6,226 11.2%
Median Age 35.8
Average Family Size 3.2
White 49,791 89.8%
African-American 1,565 2.8%
Asian 2,687 4.8%
American Indian & Alaskan 63 0.1%
Other 571 1%
Mixed Race 728 1.3%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 2,023 3.7%

Estimated Wheaton Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 54,700
Growth -716
Growth % -1.3%

Wheaton 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
German 20.1%
Irish 13.7%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 12.6%
English 9%
Italian 8.1%
Polish 6.3%
Swedish 3.8%
US/American 3.2%
Norwegian 2.6%
Dutch 2.1%
Scottish 2%
European 1.5%
Czech 1.5%
Scotch-Irish 1.4%
French (except Basque) 1.2%
Russian 1.1%
Greek 1%
British 0.8%
Croatian 0.5%
Yugoslavian 0.5%
Slovak 0.4%
Czechoslovakian 0.4%
Welsh 0.4%
Lithuanian 0.4%
Danish 0.4%
Hungarian 0.4%
Swiss 0.3%
African 0.3%
Ukrainian 0.3%
Canadian 0.3%
French Canadian 0.3%
Austrian 0.3%
Serbian 0.3%
Romanian 0.2%
Belgian 0.2%
Slovene 0.2%
Scandinavian 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Wheaton 55,416 $90,475
Carol Stream 40,438 $74,984
Glen Ellyn 26,999 $95,332
Glendale Heights 31,765 $64,115
Warrenville 13,363 $72,233
West Chicago 23,469 $65,744
Winfield 8,718 $98,528

Wheaton Public Libraries

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