Introduction to Rolling Meadows, Illinois

Rolling Meadows, Illinois is 1 miles W of Arlington Heights, Illinois (center to center) and 24 miles NW of Chicago, Illinois. It is in Cook county. The city is part of the Chicago metro area.

Rolling Meadows History

During 1836, Orrin Ford owned 160 acres of land in the present day city of Rolling Meadows. In 1850, Rolling Meadows became part of the newly formed Palatine Township. The Salem Evangelical Church was established in 1862. Rolling Meadows was incorporated as a city in 1955. The city derived its name from the gently rolling terrain of the region. In the 1950s, Crawford's department store was opened in Rolling Meadows.

Rolling Meadows and nearby Attractions

  • Rolling Meadows Historical Museum
  • Arlington Park
  • Friendship Park Conservatory
  • Santa's Village - Illinois
  • Six Flags Great America

Things To Do In Rolling Meadows

There are several parks and playgrounds in Rolling Meadows including Countryside Park, Waverly Park, Cottonwood Park, Kimball Hill Park, Plum Grove Reservoir Park, and Salk Park. The local churches are the Community Church of Rolling Meadows, Saint Colette Catholic Church, Meadows Baptist Church, Trinity Lutheran Church, and Cardinal Drive Church of Christ. Shopping can be enjoyed at the Meadows Town Mall Shopping Center, Rolling Meadows Shopping Center, Plum Grove Shopping Center, Southland Shopping Center, and The Paddock Shopping Center.

Rolling Meadows Transportation

The nearest international airport is Chicago O’Hare International Airport.

Rolling Meadows Higher Education

Higher educational facilities are provided by William Rainey Harper College, Elmhurst College, and Trinity International University.


Total Population 23,401
Male Share of the Population 47.9%
Female Share of the Population 52.1%
Senior Citizens 12.9%
Employed Population 16+ 11,802
Age of the Population 38


% of people married 49.7%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 32.7%
Median Earnings25+ $44,384
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $27,780
Median Earnings With High School Degree $40,142


Median Family Income $82,653
% Above Poverty Level 90.6%
% Below Poverty Level 9.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 26 minutes
% Working from Home 4.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.8%
% Using Public Transportation 3.6%


People Living Alone 29.6%
Median Gross Rent $1,175
Median House Value $222,000


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 35.7%
US/American 0.1%
English 4.9%
Irish 12.4%

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

Rolling Meadows Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 1 miles W of Arlington Heights, Illinois (center to center)
Nearest Large City 24 miles NW of Chicago, Illinois
County Cook
Standard Zip Codes 60008
Phone Area Codes 847
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.084
Longitude -88.013

Rolling Meadows Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 8.2 miles
Jan Temp 10 to 27 F
Apr Temp 36 to 57 F
Jul Temp 62 to 82 F
Oct Temp 39 to 61 F
Annual Precip 36.5 inches
Distance 8.6 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
Distance 12.3 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Arlington Heights 75,802 $102,734

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

Rolling Meadows Public Libraries

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Rolling Meadows, Illinois
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Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 1,835 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.9

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Serves 63 students.

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