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Overview

Introduction to Berkeley, Illinois

Berkeley, Illinois, in Cook county, is 6 miles W of Oak Park, Illinois and 13 miles W of Chicago, Illinois.

Berkeley History

Berkeley was incorporated as a village in 1924. Cook County was established on January 15, 1831 by an act of the State Legislature of Illinois. Cook County was the 54th county to be founded in Illinois. It was named in honor of Daniel Cook, one of the youngest statesmen in the history of Illinois. He was also the first Attorney General of Illinois and the second U.S. representative from Illinois.

Berkeley and nearby Attractions

  • American Police Center & Museum
  • William W. Powers State Recreation Area
  • Illinois Prairie Path
  • Elgin Public Museum of Natural History and Anthropology
  • Lincoln Park Zoo

Things To Do In Berkeley

Local museums include the Lemont Area Historical Society & Museum, the Mitchell Museum of the American Indian, the Robert R. McCormick Museum at Cantigny, the Swedish-American Museum Center, and the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center. Monkey Island, Jus-Fun Amusements and Kiddieland are popular local spots among children. The Adler Planetarium, the Friendship Park Conservatory, the Leaning Tower of Niles, the Morton Arboretum and the Shedd Aquarium are all accessible from Berkeley as well.

Berkeley Transportation

Chicago O’Hare International is the nearest major airport.

Berkeley Higher Education

Elmhurst College, the Devry Institute of Technology and Morton College are some of the nearby colleges and universities.

Demographics

People

Total Population5,201
Male Share of the Population50.2%
Female Share of the Population49.8%
Senior Citizens12.2%
Employed Population 16+2,670
Age of the Population39

Families

% of people married43.6%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher26.6%
Median Earnings25+$40,608
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$23,333
Median Earnings With High School Degree$35,042

Wealth

Median Family Income$81,553
% Above Poverty Level93.2%
% Below Poverty Level6.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time25 minutes
% Working from Home2.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work3.4%
% Using Public Transportation4%

Housing

People Living Alone22.7%
Median Gross Rent$977
Median House Value$166,100

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)67.1%
German9.3%
Irish6.9%
Italian3.9%
Polish3.2%
Dutch2.4%
English1.7%
Albanian1.1%
Swedish1.1%
Norwegian0.9%
French Except Basque0.9%
Greek0.7%
Romanian0.6%
Scottish0.5%
Canadian0.4%
Hungarian0.4%
Finnish0.4%
Slovak0.3%
Slovene0.3%
Arab0.3%
Czech0.3%
Moroccan0.3%
African0.2%
Welsh0.2%
Danishn0.2%
Haitian0.1%
West Indian0.1%
Serbian0.1%
Lithuanian0.1%
Austrian0.1%
Belgian0.1%
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Berkeley Almanac

CategoryValue
County Cook County
Standard Zip Codes60163
Phone Area Codes
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude41.89
Approximate Longitude-87.91

Berkeley Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationCHICAGO OHARE INTL AP
Distance6.6 miles
Jan Temp14 to 30 F
Apr Temp38 to 58 F
Jul Temp63 to 84 F
Oct Temp42 to 62 F
Annual Precip36.2 inches
StationWHEATON 3 SE
Distance9.8 miles
Jan Temp14 to 32 F
Apr Temp38 to 63 F
Jul Temp63 to 87 F
Oct Temp42 to 67 F
Annual Precip37.9 inches
StationCHICAGO BOTANICAL GARDEN
Distance18 miles
Jan Temp14 to 30 F
Apr Temp37 to 56 F
Jul Temp63 to 83 F
Oct Temp42 to 63 F
Annual Precip36.8 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Bellwood19,146$58,823
Elmhurst45,742$122,290
Hillside8,165$52,117
Melrose Park25,422$49,914
Northlake12,339$69,836

Berkeley Public Libraries

Berkeley Public Library
1637 NORTH TAFT AVENUE
Berkeley, Illinois
(708) 544-6017

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Berkeley Public Schools

Macarthur Middle School
1310 N Wolf Rd
ZIP: 60163
(708) 449-3185
Middle
Total Enrollment 444
Sunnyside Elementary School
5412 Saint Charles Rd
ZIP: 60163
(708) 449-3170
Primary
Total Enrollment 465
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