Wilmette, Illinois

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Wilmette, Illinois

Introduction to Wilmette, Illinois

Wilmette, Illinois, in Cook county, is 2 miles NW of Evanston, Illinois (center to center) and 15 miles N of Chicago, Illinois. The village is located in the Chicago metropolitan area. Wilmette has a population of 27,651.

Wilmette History

The Potawatomi Indians were the early inhabitants of this area. The French-Canadian fur trader, Antoine Ouilmette, married the Potawatomi chief Sauganash’s daughter and convinced the local Native Americans to sign the Treaty of Prairie du Chien in 1829. As a token of appreciation, he was given 1,280 acres of land by the U.S. government. The village was named in his honor. In the 1840s, European settlers began arriving in this region, and the Chicago, North Shore and Milwaukee Railroad tracks entered Wilmette in 1854. The Village of Wilmette was officially incorporated on September 19, 1872.

Wilmette and nearby Attractions

  • Charles Gates Dawes House
  • Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center
  • Morton Grove Historical Museum
  • Leaning Tower of Niles
  • Wilmette Golf Course
  • Thornwood Park

Things To Do In Wilmette

The village of Wilmette is near Charles Gates Dawes House, a 25-room house built in the 19th century. Visitors can take a trip to a number of museums nearby including Skokie Heritage Museum, Kohl Children's Museum, and Mitchell Museum of the American Indian. For those interested in the historical and cultural background of the Village, a visit to Wilmette Public Library and Wilmette Village Hall may prove interesting. The Leaning Tower of Niles, a half-sized replica of the Leaning Tower of Pisa, is nearby. One can also visit Merrick Rose Garden and Skokie Northshore Sculpture Park. Wilmette also has a large number of parks providing various amusement facilities. Sports enthusiasts will enjoy visiting the Sheridan Shore Yacht Club, the Westmoreland Country Club, and the Wilmette Golf Course.

Wilmette Transportation

The nearest airport is Chicago O’Hare International Airport.

Wilmette Higher Education

Higher educational facilities are provided by National-Louis University,’school of Art Institute of Chicago, Northwestern University, and Northeastern Illinois University.

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High Points

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

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Well-Paid Single Men
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Top 1% trophy Wilmette Well-Paid Single Men
Median Family Income
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Top 1% trophy Wilmette Median Family Income
People in Middle Class or Better
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Top 1% trophy Wilmette People in Middle Class or Better
College Educated Adults
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Top 1% trophy Wilmette College Educated Adults
Low Rate of Poverty
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Top 2% trophy Wilmette Low Rate of Poverty
Public Transportation Use
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Top 2% trophy Wilmette Public Transportation Use
Well-Paid Single Women
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Top 2% trophy Wilmette Well-Paid Single Women

Comparative Profile of Wilmette, Illinois

Comparing Wilmette 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 10 10
Senior Citizens 9 7
Female Share of the Population 7 7
Children Under 5 Years Old 6 7
Male Share of the Population 4 5
Racial Diversity 3 8


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 10 10
Average Household Size 8 8


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 10 10

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Working at Home 10 10
Public Transportation Use 10 10
Walking and Biking to Work 4 7
Short Commute Times 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 9 9
People Living Alone 3 3
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 2 6
Housing Recently Built 2 3
Affordability of Rents 1 1
Affordability of Property Taxes 1 1

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Wilmette Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 2 miles NW of Evanston, Illinois (center to center)
Nearest Large City 15 miles N of Chicago, Illinois
County Cook
Standard Zip Codes 60091
Phone Area Codes 847
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.072
Longitude -87.722

Wilmette Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 5.2 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
Distance 20.9 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
Station WHEATON 3 SE
Distance 25 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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Wilmette Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 27,651 100%
Male 13,238 47.9%
Female 14,413 52.1%
Under 18 8,223 29.7%
18+ 19,428 70.3%
65+ 4,748 17.2%
Median Age 42.2
Average Family Size 3.19
White 24,791 89.7%
African-American 156 0.6%
Asian 2,255 8.2%
American Indian & Alaskan 10 0%
Other 117 0.4%
Mixed Race 318 1.2%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 574 2.1%

Estimated Wilmette Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 26,922
Growth -729
Growth % -2.6%

Wilmette 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
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 16.1%
Irish 15.7%
German 13.9%
English 7.9%
US/American 6.7%
Italian 5.7%
Polish 5.3%
Russian 5%
Swedish 3.1%
Greek 2.1%
Norwegian 2%
Scottish 1.8%
Scotch-Irish 1.4%
Eastern European 1.4%
French (except Basque) 1.3%
European 1.2%
Austrian 0.9%
Dutch 0.7%
British 0.6%
Lithuanian 0.6%
Hungarian 0.5%
Israeli 0.4%
Welsh 0.4%
Czech 0.4%
Serbian 0.3%
Danish 0.3%
Iranian 0.3%
Northern European 0.3%
Romanian 0.3%
Scandinavian 0.3%
Swiss 0.3%
Croatian 0.3%
French Canadian 0.2%
Canadian 0.2%
Assyrian/Chaldean/Syriac 0.2%
Ukrainian 0.2%
Bulgarian 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Wilmette 27,651 $122,515
Evanston 74,239 $78,886
Glenview 41,847 $96,552
Kenilworth 2,494 $200,001
Northfield 5,389 $114,279
Skokie 63,348 $68,253
Winnetka 12,419 $200,001

Wilmette Public Libraries

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