Wood Dale, Illinois

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Wood Dale, Illinois

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. There are an estimated 13,535 people in Wood Dale.

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.

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High Points

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

Category Trophy
Well-Paid Single Men
(vs. State)
Top 12% Wood Dale Well-Paid Single Men
Well-Paid Single Women
(vs. State)
Top 12% Wood Dale Well-Paid Single Women
Racial Diversity
(vs. State)
Top 13% Wood Dale Racial Diversity

Comparative Profile of Wood Dale, Illinois

Comparing Wood Dale 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 9 9
Well-Paid Single Women 9 9
Male Share of the Population 8 8
Racial Diversity 8 9
Age of the Population 8 8
Senior Citizens 5 5
Children Under 5 Years Old 3 3
Female Share of the Population 3 3


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


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Above Poverty 8 8
People in Middle Class or Better 8 9
Median Family Income 8 9
College Educated Adults 5 8

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Public Transportation Use 8 8
Working at Home 5 5
Walking and Biking to Work 5 6
Short Commute Times 4 5


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Housing Recently Built 7 9
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 6 8
People Living Alone 4 4
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 2 4
Affordability of Property Taxes 2 2
Affordability of Rents 2 1

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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

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
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
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
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Wood Dale Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 13,535 100%
Male 6,690 49.4%
Female 6,845 50.6%
Under 18 3,026 22.4%
18+ 10,509 77.6%
65+ 1,908 14.1%
Median Age 39.3
Average Family Size 3.15
White 12,076 89.2%
African-American 78 0.6%
Asian 439 3.2%
American Indian & Alaskan 20 0.1%
Other 650 4.8%
Mixed Race 262 1.9%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 1,768 13.1%

Estimated Wood Dale Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 13,419
Growth -116
Growth % -0.9%

Wood Dale 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
Polish 19.6%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 19.5%
Italian 18.5%
German 13.8%
Irish 8%
US/American 3.6%
English 3.1%
Greek 2.3%
Swedish 1.3%
French (except Basque) 1.2%
Lithuanian 0.9%
Norwegian 0.7%
Russian 0.7%
Scotch-Irish 0.7%
Ukrainian 0.6%
Czech 0.5%
Hungarian 0.5%
Scottish 0.4%
French Canadian 0.4%
Bulgarian 0.3%
Danish 0.3%
Slovak 0.3%
Croatian 0.3%
Finnish 0.3%
Dutch 0.2%
Belgian 0.2%
Romanian 0.2%
British 0.2%
Slavic 0.2%
Yugoslavian 0.2%
Serbian 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Wood Dale 13,535 $62,289
Addison 35,914 $59,007
Bensenville 20,703 $59,008
Elk Grove Village 34,727 $71,834
Elmhurst 42,762 $81,496
Itasca 8,302 $78,700
Oakbrook Terrace 2,300 $85,374

Wood Dale Public Libraries

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