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Overview

Introduction to Downers Grove, Illinois

Downers Grove, Illinois, in Du Page county, is 5 miles NE of Bolingbrook, Illinois (center to center) and 20 miles W of Chicago, Illinois. The village is located in the Chicago metropolitan area. Downers Grove has a population of 48,724.

Downers Grove History

The area now known as Downers Grove was originally settled in 1932. Pierce Downer was the first settler in the area. In fact, the place was named after him. In 1844, the first school of this area was established. Some of the older homes of Downers Grove served as stops on the Underground Railroad. In 1862, Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad first entered the village. The area was incorporated in March 1873. The headquarters of Rossi, Spiegel and Butterball, Lovejoy, Sara Lee, Travelers Insurance, ServiceMaster, Magnetrol, Swift-Eckrich, FTD, and Arrow Gear are also located in Downers Grove.

Downers Grove and nearby Attractions

  • Belmont Prairie
  • Graue Mill and Museum
  • Lyman Woods
  • Cosley Zoo
  • Brookfield Zoo
  • Kiddieland Amusement Park

Things To Do In Downers Grove

At Downers Grove, you can visit the Sterling North Park, Memorial Park, Doerhoefer Park, Spring Park, O'Brien Park, Fishel Park, Hummer Park, Gilbert Park, and Frankowiak Park. The Grove Shopping Center, Downers Park Plaza Shopping Center, and Downers Market Shopping Center offer facilities for shopping. You can also visit the Downers Grove Public Library and Downers Grove Historical Museum to learn more about the history of the village. All Home Theater and Arcade is also worth paying a visit to.

Downers Grove Transportation

Chicago O’Hare International Airport can be reached within a few minutes.

Downers Grove Higher Education

Midwestern University and Parker Business School are the local institutes of higher education.

Demographics

People

Total Population49,555
Male Share of the Population48.6%
Female Share of the Population51.4%
Senior Citizens16.2%
Employed Population 16+25,021
Age of the Population43

Families

% of people married55.3%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher53.3%
Median Earnings25+$54,825
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$35,451
Median Earnings With High School Degree$33,279

Wealth

Median Family Income$113,277
% Above Poverty Level94.7%
% Below Poverty Level5.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time29 minutes
% Working from Home6.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work1.6%
% Using Public Transportation11.1%

Housing

People Living Alone31.4%
Median Gross Rent$1,181
Median House Value$331,600

Ancestry

German22%
Irish19.6%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)16.3%
Polish12.3%
Italian11.8%
English6.9%
Czech4.5%
Swedish3.3%
Dutch2.5%
French Except Basque2.4%
Lithuanian2.1%
Scottish1.8%
Greek1.3%
Norwegian1.2%
Croatian1.1%
Slovak0.8%
Hungarian0.8%
Ukrainian0.6%
Arab0.5%
Slovene0.5%
Serbian0.5%
Russian0.5%
Canadian0.5%
African0.4%
Austrian0.4%
Danishn0.4%
Welsh0.3%
Lebanese0.3%
Bulgarian0.3%
Macedonian0.3%
Romanian0.3%
Belgian0.2%
West Indian0.2%
Swiss0.2%
Albanian0.2%
Finnish0.2%
Trinidad Tobago0.1%
Jamaican0.1%
Brazilian0.1%
Palestinian0.1%
Iranian0.1%
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Downers Grove Almanac

CategoryValue
County DuPage County
Standard Zip Codes60515, 60516, 60517
Phone Area Codes331,630
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude41.79
Approximate Longitude-88.01

Downers Grove Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationWHEATON 3 SE
Distance4 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
StationAURORA
Distance15.3 miles
Jan Temp11 to 29 F
Apr Temp36 to 59 F
Jul Temp61 to 84 F
Oct Temp38 to 63 F
Annual Precip38.3 inches
StationPARK FOREST
Distance25.5 miles
Jan Temp15 to 29 F
Apr Temp39 to 58 F
Jul Temp65 to 84 F
Oct Temp43 to 63 F
Annual Precip38.6 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Clarendon Hills8,641$161,131
Darien22,232$98,409
Lisle22,989$107,488
Oak Brook7,988$168,227

Downers Grove Public Libraries

Downers Grove Public Library
1050 CURTISS STREET
Downers Grove, Illinois
(630) 960-1200

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Downers Grove Hospitals

Good Samaritan Hospital - Advocate
3815 Highland Avenue
(630) 275-5900

Downers Grove Public Schools

Belle Aire Elem School
3935 Belle Aire Ln
ZIP: 60515
(630) 719-5838
Primary
Total Enrollment 240
Comm H S Dist 99 - North H S
4436 Main St
ZIP: 60515
(630) 795-8400
High
Total Enrollment 2159
Henry Puffer School
2220 Haddow Ave
ZIP: 60515
(630) 719-5838
Primary
Total Enrollment 375
Herrick Middle School
4335 Middaugh Ave
ZIP: 60515
(630) 719-5838
Middle
Total Enrollment 638
Highland Elem School
3935 Highland Ave
ZIP: 60515
(630) 719-5838
Primary
Total Enrollment 347
Lester Elem School
236 Indianapolis Ave
ZIP: 60515
(630) 719-5838
Primary
Total Enrollment 486
Pierce Downer Elem School
1436 Grant St
ZIP: 60515
(630) 719-5838
Primary
Total Enrollment 403
Whittier Elem School
536 Hill St
ZIP: 60515
(630) 719-5838
Primary
Total Enrollment 331
Comm H S Dist 99 - South High Sch
1436 Norfolk St
ZIP: 60516
(630) 795-8500
High
Total Enrollment 2785
El Sierra Elem School
6835 Fairmount Ave
ZIP: 60516
(630) 719-5838
Primary
Total Enrollment 339
Fairmount Elem School
6036 Blodgett Ave
ZIP: 60516
(630) 719-5838
Primary
Total Enrollment 363
Hillcrest Elem School
1435 Jefferson Ave
ZIP: 60516
(630) 719-5838
Primary
Total Enrollment 372
Indian Trail Elem School
6235 Stonewall Ave
ZIP: 60516
(630) 719-5838
Primary
Total Enrollment 433
Kingsley Elem School
6509 Powell St
ZIP: 60516
(630) 719-5838
Primary
Total Enrollment 337
Lakeview Jr High School
701 Plainfield Rd
ZIP: 60516
(630) 985-2700
Middle
Total Enrollment 361
O Neill Middle School
635 59th St
ZIP: 60516
(630) 719-5838
Middle
Total Enrollment 464
Prairieview Elementary School
699 Plainfield Rd
ZIP: 60516
(630) 783-5100
Primary
Total Enrollment 332

Downers Grove Private Schools

Avery Coonley School
1400 Maple Ave
ZIP: 60515
Elementary
Total Enrollment 287
Bright Horizons Child Care & Early Education
3400 Lacey Rd
ZIP: 60515
Elementary
Total Enrollment 17
Downers Grove Adventist School
5524 Lee Ave
ZIP: 60515
Elementary
Total Enrollment 27
Downers Grove Christian School
929 Maple Ave
ZIP: 60515
Elementary
Total Enrollment 162
Kindercare Learning Center
3905 Highland Ave
ZIP: 60515
Elementary
Total Enrollment 10
St Joseph School
4832 Highland Ave
ZIP: 60515
Elementary
Total Enrollment 394
St Mary Of Gostyn Catholic School
440 Prairie Ave
ZIP: 60515
Elementary
Total Enrollment 442
The Bridge High School
2318 Wisconsin Ave
ZIP: 60515
Secondary
Total Enrollment 27
Good Shepherd Lutheran School
525 63rd St
ZIP: 60516
Elementary
Total Enrollment 70
Marquette Manor Baptist Academy
333 75th St
ZIP: 60516
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 146
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