Winnetka, Illinois

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Winnetka, Illinois

Introduction to Winnetka, Illinois

Winnetka, Illinois, in Cook county, is 5 miles NW of Evanston, Illinois and 17 miles N of Chicago, Illinois. The village is located in the Chicago metropolitan area. Winnetka has a population of 12,419.

Winnetka History

The first houses in Winnetka were built way back in 1836, when Erastus Patterson and his family arrived and set up a roadside tavern for people traveling on the Green Bay Trail post road. In 1854, the village was established, while the first school in the region was built in 1856. Winnetka was officially incorporated in the year 1869.

Winnetka and nearby Attractions

  • Winnetka Golf Club
  • Winnetka Public Library
  • Winnetka City Hall
  • Maple Street Park
  • Wilmette Historical Museum
  • Saint Joseph Cemetery

Things To Do In Winnetka

Winnetka has a number of beautiful parks, such as the Winnetka Park, Maple Street Park, Indian Hill Park and the Edgewood Park. Winnetka Golf Club allows visitors to unwind with a relaxing game.

Winnetka Transportation

Air transportation facilities are provided by Chicago O'Hare International Airport.

Winnetka Higher Education

National-Louis University and the School of Art Institute of Chicago provide opportunities for higher education to people of Winnetka.

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High Points

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

Category Trophy
Median Family Income
(vs. Peers)
Top 1% trophy Winnetka Median Family Income
Public Transportation Use
(vs. Peers)
Top 1% trophy Winnetka Public Transportation Use
Well-Paid Single Men
(vs. Peers)
Top 1% trophy Winnetka Well-Paid Single Men
College Educated Adults
(vs. Peers)
Top 1% trophy Winnetka College Educated Adults
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. Peers)
Top 1% trophy Winnetka Low Rate of Poverty
People in Middle Class or Better
(vs. Peers)
Top 1% trophy Winnetka People in Middle Class or Better
Well-Paid Single Women
(vs. Peers)
Top 1% trophy Winnetka Well-Paid Single Women
Walking and Biking to Work
(vs. State)
Top 18% Winnetka Walking and Biking to Work

Comparative Profile of Winnetka, Illinois

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


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


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Median Family Income 10 10
College Educated Adults 10 10
People Above Poverty 10 10
People in Middle Class or Better 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 8 9
Short Commute Times 1 1


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

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Winnetka Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 5 miles NW of Evanston, Illinois (center to center)
Nearest Large City 17 miles N of Chicago, Illinois
County Cook
Standard Zip Codes 60093
Phone Area Codes 847
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.108
Longitude -87.735

Winnetka Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 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 18.4 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 26.4 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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Winnetka Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 12,419 100%
Male 6,020 48.5%
Female 6,399 51.5%
Under 18 4,297 34.6%
18+ 8,122 65.4%
65+ 1,613 13%
Median Age 39.8
Average Family Size 3.35
White 11,958 96.3%
African-American 31 0.2%
Asian 302 2.4%
American Indian & Alaskan 2 0%
Other 37 0.3%
Mixed Race 89 0.7%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 156 1.3%

Estimated Winnetka Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 12,452
Growth 33
Growth % 0.3%

Winnetka 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 19.7%
German 15.1%
English 14.5%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 6.1%
Italian 5.1%
Polish 4.2%
US/American 3.7%
Russian 3%
European 3%
Scottish 2.9%
Swedish 2.5%
Scotch-Irish 1.9%
Greek 1.6%
Norwegian 1.6%
French (except Basque) 1.6%
Dutch 1.6%
Eastern European 1.1%
British 1.1%
Czech 1%
Lithuanian 0.7%
Danish 0.7%
Northern European 0.7%
Croatian 0.6%
Welsh 0.6%
Romanian 0.5%
Swiss 0.5%
French Canadian 0.4%
Hungarian 0.4%
Canadian 0.4%
Slovene 0.4%
Latvian 0.3%
Israeli 0.3%
Slovak 0.3%
Scandinavian 0.2%
Ukrainian 0.2%
Lebanese 0.2%
Belgian 0.2%
Luxemburger 0.2%
Austrian 0.2%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Winnetka, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Hubbard Woods (60093)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Winnetka 12,419 $200,001
Glencoe 8,762 $200,001
Glenview 41,847 $96,552
Golf 451 $138,560
Kenilworth 2,494 $200,001
Northfield 5,389 $114,279
Wilmette 27,651 $122,515

Winnetka Public Libraries

Winnetka-northfield P.l.
768 OAK ST.
Winnetka, Illinois
(847) 446-7220
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Student/teacher ratio: 12.4

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