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Overview

Introduction to Wood Dale, Illinois

Wood Dale, Illinois, in Du Page county, is 7 miles SW of Des Plaines, Illinois and 18 miles W of Chicago, Illinois. The city is conveniently located inside the Chicago metropolitan area.

Wood Dale History

The area that Wood Dale presently occupies was once inhabited by the Native American tribe of the Winnebago Indians. They used this area as their hunting ground. However, they gave it up after Illinois was declared a state in 1818. The first person to claim land in this area was Hezekiah Dunklee. His land came to be known as Dunklee’s Grove. A large number of German immigrants settled down around Dunklee’s Grove just before the Civil War, resulting in rapid development of the area. In 1928, the Village of Wood Dale was officially incorporated. It was given the status of a city in 1970.

Wood Dale and nearby Attractions

  • Elk Grove Village Farmhouse Village
  • Friendship Park Conservatory
  • Donald E. Stephens Museum of Hummels
  • Medinah Country Club
  • Oak Meadows Golf Course
  • East Branch Forest Preserve

Things To Do In Wood Dale

Wood Dale provides wholesome recreational opportunities for individuals and families. There are three golf courses around the city and several acres of forest preserves. These combine to provide numerous recreational opportunities. The city also has excellent shopping and dining areas. Moreover, there are museums dedicated to a variety of subjects which attract locals and tourists.

Wood Dale Transportation

Chicago O’Hare International Airport is nearby.

Wood Dale Higher Education

Elmhurst College, College of Dupage and Oakton Community College are some places where one can pursue higher studies.

People

Total Population 13,923
Male Share of the Population 49.4%
Female Share of the Population 50.6%
Senior Citizens 17%
Employed Population 16+ 6,763
Age of the Population 42

Families

% of people married 51.7%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 22.1%
Median Earnings25+ $37,057
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $19,830
Median Earnings With High School Degree $32,062

Wealth

Median Family Income $72,225
% Above Poverty Level 88.8%
% Below Poverty Level 11.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 28 minutes
% Working from Home 3.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.1%
% Using Public Transportation 4.2%

Housing

People Living Alone 26%
Median Gross Rent $1,246
Median House Value $213,900

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 30.5%
US/American 0.3%
English 2.4%
Irish 9.4%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Wood Dale Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 7 miles SW of Des Plaines, Illinois (center to center)
Nearest Large City 18 miles W of Chicago, Illinois
County Du Page
Standard Zip Codes 60191
Phone Area Codes 630
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.95
Longitude -87.98

Wood Dale Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station CHICAGO OHARE INTL AP
Distance 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 10.2 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 CHICAGO MIDWAY AP 3 SW
Distance 18.1 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Addison 37,270 $61,893
Bensenville 18,485 $67,363
Elk Grove Village 33,333 $88,125
Elmhurst 45,469 $120,697

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Wood Dale Public Libraries

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Wood Dale P.l.
520 N. WOOD DALE ROAD
Wood Dale, Illinois
(630) 766-6762
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