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Downers Grove

Village of Downers Grove

  •   State: 
    DuPage County
    Downers Grove
      County FIPS: 
    41°47′41″N 88°01′01″W
      Area total: 
    14.80 sq mi (38.32 km²)
      Area land: 
    14.65 sq mi (37.94 km²)
      Area water: 
    0.15 sq mi (0.39 km²)
    705 ft (215 m)
    1832; Incorporated 1873
  •   Latitude: 
      Dman name cbsa: 
    Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI
    Eastern Standard Time (EST) UTC-5:00; Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) UTC-4:00
      ZIP codes: 

    Downers Grove, DuPage County, Illinois, United States

  •   Population: 
      Population density: 
    3,430.53 residents per square mile of area (1,324.51/km²)
      Household income: 
      Unemployment rate: 
  •   Sales taxes: 
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Downers Grove is a village in DuPage County, Illinois, United States. It was founded in 1832 by Pierce Downer, whose surname serves as the eponym for the village. The village is located between I-88 and I-55. Downers Grove has been designated a Tree City USA 28 times by the National Arbor Day Foundation. As of the 2020 census, there were 50,327 people living in Downer's Grove. The racial makeup of the village was 84.3% White alone, 3.4% Hispanic or Latino alone, 53% Asian alone, 0.0% Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander alone, 2.5% from two or more races or more, and 2.2% African American or Native Hawaiian alone. The housing stock in the village comprises a mixture; some, generally near the center of town, date from the middle of the 19th century. The construction of two major toll roads along the village's northern and western boundaries, I-355 in 1989, and what is now referred to as I- 88 in 1958, facilitated the village’s access to the rest of Chicago metropolitan area. The town has witnessed one of the highest teardown rates in the Chicago area; small older residences are being demolished and replaced with much larger new houses. Since they occupy much more land than the original houses, rainwater that was originally absorbed by their yards is directed into neighboring yards and streets, resulting in flooding. On average, January is the coldest month, while July is the warmest month. August has the most precipitation, and February the least.


Downers Grove was founded in 1832 by Pierce Downer, a farmer who traveled to Illinois from Rutland, New York, but was originally from Vermont. The Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad was extended from Aurora to Chicago through Downers Grove in 1864, boosting its population. The town was incorporated in March 1873. Its somewhat unusual spelling ("Apostrophe-free since 1873") remains a minor historical mystery. In April 1947, the wreck of a Burlington Railroad Twin Cities Zephyr passenger train killed three people, including the engineer. The construction of two major toll roads along the village's northern and western boundaries, I-355 in 1989, and what is now referred to as I-88 in 1958, facilitated the town's access to the rest of Chicago metropolitan area. The village has witnessed one of the highest teardown rates in the Chicago area; small older residences are being demolished and replaced with much larger new houses. Teardowns have been the source of much controversy within the village, with some concerned that they reduce affordable housing in the town and promote gentrification. It is home to the headquarters for Devry University, FTD, Ambitech Engineering Corp, Dover, Heartland Food Corporation, and HAVI Global Solutions, among other businesses. It has a population of about 3,000. The first schoolhouse was built in 1844, and the town has a history dating back to the early 19th century. The housing stock in Downer's Grove comprises a mixture; some, generally near the center of town, date from the middle of town.


According to the 2010 census, Downers Grove has a total area of 14.457 square miles (37.44 km²), of which 98.98% is land. Only the DuPage County communities of Bartlett, Aurora, Naperville and Bolingbrook have larger land areas. Within the town are two forest preserves: Lyman Woods and Maple Grove Forest Preserve. The town has been designated a Tree City USA 28 times by the National Arbor Day Foundation.Downers Grove borders the communities of Oak Brook, Westmont, Darien, Lombard, Woodridge and Lisle. On average, January is the coldest month, while July is the warmest month. August typically has the most precipitation, and February the least. The record high was 105 °F (41 °C) in July 2005, and the record low of 26°F (32°C) was set in January 1985. The city is located at 41.7948036°N 88.0169400°W / 41. 7948036; -88.79 48036°W. It is in a humid continental climate zone, with an average temperature of 41 °C (91 °F) and an average daily rainfall of 1.6 inches (4.4 mm) per year. It has a population of 2,071 (41.2%) with a population growth rate of 0.7% (1.2% in the last decade). It is located on the Illinois Turnpike.


As of the 2020 census, there were 50,327 people living in Downers Grove. There were 20,115 households, with an average household size of 2.42. Out of adults in the village, 55.2% were married (not separated), 5.9% were widowed, 9.8% were divorced, 0.7% were separated, and 28.5% were never married. The median income for a family was $131,733. The state of Illinois as a whole, has a $68,428 Median Household Income and a 12.0% poverty rate. According to the 2020 American Community Survey, the median Household Income in theVillage was $97,197. About 5.0%. of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.6% of minors under age 18, 5.5%. of adults aged 1864, and 6.0. of seniors age 65 or over. The village is located on the Chicago River. The population density was 3,475.6 inhabitants per square mile (1,341.9/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 84.3% White alone (not Hispanic or Latino), 3.4% Black or African American alone, 0,1% American Indian and Alaska Native alone, 5,3% Asian alone, and 2.0! of Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone. The Median age was 43.1 years, and the median income was $45,193.


Located 20 miles west of the Chicago Loop, Downers Grove residents commonly commute via the village's three Metra BNSF line stations or highway connections. The village itself also serves as headquarters for multiple businesses, including Advocate Aurora Health and Fortune 500 member Dover Corporation. Ogden Avenue is also framed by a variety of grocery and convenience stores such as CVS, Fresh Thyme Farmers Market, Jewel, Trader Joe's, and Walgreens. Industrial and corporate parks may be found on Ogden's tributaries adjacent to major tollways such as I-355 or I-88. According to the Village's 2017 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the top employers in the city are: Advocate Aurora, Dover Corporation, Microsoft, MetLife, and State Farm. The Village is also home to regional satellite offices of numerous national corporations, including Microsoft, State Farm, and Dorothy Corporation. It is located in the Chicago suburb of Winthrop Harbor, which is home to the Chicago Cubs, Chicago Blackhawks, and Chicago Cubs mascot Chicago Bears. It also has a population of about 3,000. The city is located on the Illinois River, which runs through the center of the village. The Chicago River flows into the Chicago River at the Illinois Turnpike, which cuts through the city. The Illinois River flows through the village to the north and south. It runs through a section of the city known for its automobile dealerships and classic car dealerships, and service centers. The stretch of Ogden Ave through Chicago's western suburbs is particularly known for Its automobile dealership, classic car Dealerships and service center.

Arts and culture

About 25 Sears-Roebuck Catalog Homes are located in Downers Grove. The Blodgett House (1846) was a stopover point on the Underground Railroad. The Tivoli Theatre and over 140 community events and festivals, attract thousands of visitors each year. Over 600 acres (2.4 km²) of parks for recreational use are available with 450 recreational activities are available throughout the year. On Friday nights throughout the summer, antique and specialty cars park downtown in an informal car show. The Indian Boundary YMCA sponsors an ice sculpture festival held in January. The city is home to the Chicago Cubs, Chicago Blackhawks, Chicago Bulls, Chicago Cubs and Chicago Bears. The Chicago Cubs are the Chicago Bears, Chicago Bears and Chicago Cubs. The Illinois Cubs are a proud member of the Chicago Athletic Association and the Illinois Sports Hall of Fame. Chicago Cubs fans can buy tickets to their home game against the Chicago White Sox at the Field of Dreams at the Wrigley Field Stadium. Chicago Blackhawks tickets can be purchased online at or at the box office at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Chicago Bulls tickets are available online at Chicago Cubs tickets can also be purchased at the U.S. Cellular Center at Soldier Field at the Soldier Field. Chicago Bears tickets are sold at the Chicago Stadium at the Illinois State Fair at the McCormick Center at the corner of Wacker Drive and Wacker Road.

Parks and recreation

Downers Grove contains a multitude of parks and forest preserves, including: Concord Square, Davis, Doerhoefer, Fishel, Lee and Grant, McCollum, O'Brien, Spring, and Wallingford. Downers Grove is home to the U.S. National Park Service, which has maintained a park system in the area since the early 1900s. It is also home to a number of private golf courses, including Downers Park, which was established in the 1930s. The town is located on the banks of the Illinois River, which runs through the center of the town. It also has a lake, which is known as Belmont Prairie, and a forest preserve, known as Lyman Woods, which dates back to the mid-19th century. In addition to the park system, the town has a public library, which opened in the 1950s. In the 1980s, the city added a park complex, which now has more than 100 acres of land. It was named after the town's namesake, Ruth K. Powers, a former member of Congress. The park system was created in the 1960s by the United States Department of Health and Human Services. It has been in operation since the 1970s, when it was designated a national park. The U.N. Park Service maintains a park program in the town, which provides services such as park maintenance, education, and recreation. The city also maintains a golf course, which it has operated since the 1990s.


The Village of Downers Grove operates under a magisterial council-manager form of government. The Mayor and six Commissioners are elected for four-year terms at odd-year Consolidated General Elections. The elections for Mayor and Commissioners are non-partisan; the candidates' party affiliations do not appear on the ballot, and direct party funding is not traditionally practiced. The majority of the Village is within the Illinois House of Representatives 81st Representative District, which was represented by Ron Sandack (Republican) as of 2015. In August, local Republican officials chose David S. Olsen as the new Representative of the 81st District. In 2018, newcomer Anne Stava-Murray overcame David Olsen in the election with only approximately $30,000. Portions of northern Downer's Grove are within Illinois Senate 41st Legislative District. A portion of northern downers Grove is in Illinois Senate 24th Legislative District, represented by Suzanne Glowiak (Democratic) As of 2019, the village is in the 6th US Congressional District of Illinois. The village is also in the 11th U.S. Congressional District. As of 2018 this district is represented by Sean Casten (Democrat). In 2006, the July 4 parade featured both of the major Illinois gubernatorial candidates at the time, Judy Baar Topinka (R) and Rod Blagojevich (D). The village's mayor pro tem is Robert T. Barnett (R), and the Commissioners are Greg Hose, Nicole Walus, Leslie Sadowski-Fugitt, Rich Kulovany, Chris Gilmartin and Danny Glover.


Downers Grove is home to twelve public elementary schools, two public middle schools and two public high schools. The two high schools in Downers Grove, North and South, are part of Community High School District 99. The Avery Coonley School is a private K-8 school, known for its math and science-oriented teaching. Midwestern University trains osteopathic physicians and surgeons, physician assistants, pharmacists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, and dentists. According to the American Community Survey 2010, downers Grove has one of the nation's most educated citizenry, with 50.7% of individuals over the age of 25 holding bachelor's or advanced degrees. The national average is 27.9%. The town has a population of 2.2 million. DownersGro is home of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod. The town is located on the banks of the Illinois River, which runs through the center of the town. It is also home to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which is based in the village of Woodridge. The city is also the home to a number of high school football teams, including the University of Illinois at Chicago and the Illinois Army National Guard. The community has a reputation for being very active in the local community, with many sports teams and leagues. The U.N. has a presence in the town, as well as the World Trade Center, which was built in the early 20th century. It was the site of the first international airport in the United States.

Air Quality, Water Quality, Superfund Sites & UV Index

The Air Quality index is in Downers Grove, DuPage County, Illinois = 63.2. These Air Quality index is based on annual reports from the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The number of ozone alert days is used as an indicator of air quality, as are the amounts of seven pollutants including particulates, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, lead, and volatile organic chemicals. The Water Quality Index is 47. A measure of the quality of an area’s water supply as rated by the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The EPA has a complex method of measuring the watershed quality, using 15 indicators such as pollutants, turbidity, sediments, and toxic discharges. The Superfund Sites Index is 21. Higher is better (100=best). Based upon the number and impact of EPA Superfund pollution sites in the county, including spending on the cleanup efforts. The UV Index in Downers Grove = 3.4 and is a measure of an area's exposure to the sun's ultraviolet rays. This is most often a combination of sunny weather, altitude, and latitude. The UV Index has been defined by the WHO ( and is uniform worldwide.


The most recent city population of 50,247 individuals with a median age of 40.8 age the population grows by 0.80% in Downers Grove, DuPage County, Illinois population since 2000 and are distributed over a density of 3,430.53 residents per square mile of area (1,324.51/km²). There are average 2.56 people per household in the 57,580 households with an average household income of $76,228 a year. The unemployment rate in Alabama is 8.20% of the available work force and has dropped -4.37% over the most recent 12-month period and the projected change in job supply over the next decade based on migration patterns, economic growth, and other factors will increase by 22.56%. The number of physicians in Downers Grove per 100,000 population = 386.3.


The annual rainfall in Downers Grove = 38.5 inches and the annual snowfall = 27.3 inches. The annual number of days with measurable precipitation (over .01 inch) = 120. The average number of days per year that are predominantly sunny = 189. 86 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily high temperature for the month of July and 14.1 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily low temperature for the month of January. The Comfort Index (higher=better) is 44, where higher values mean a more pleasant climate. The Comfort Index measure recognizes that humidity by itself isn't the problem. (Have you noticed nobody ever complains about the weather being 'cold and humid?) It's in the summertime that we notice the humidity the most, when it's hot and muggy. Our Comfort Index uses a combination of afternoon summer temperature and humidity to closely predict the effect that the humidity will have on people.

Median Home Cost

The percentage of housing units in Downers Grove, DuPage County, Illinois which are owned by the occupant = 73.79%. A housing unit is a house, apartment, mobile home, or room occupied as separate living quarters. The average age of homes = 34 years with median home cost = $334,420 and home appreciation of -12.20%. This is the value of the years most recent home sales data. Its important to note that this is not the average (or arithmetic mean). The median home price is the middle value when you arrange all the sales prices of homes from lowest to highest. This is a better indicator than the average, because the median is not changed as much by a few unusually high or low values. The property tax rate of $18.51 shown here is the rate per $1,000 of home value. If for simplification for example the tax rate is $14.00 and the home value is $250,000, the property tax would be $14.00 x ($250,000/1000), or $3500. This is the 'effective' tax rate.


The local school district spends $6,096 per student. There are 16.7 students for each teacher in the school, 630 students for each Librarian and 744 students for each Counselor. 6.24% of the area’s population over the age of 25 with an Associate Degree or other 2-year college degree, 28.00% with a master’s degree, Ph.D. or other advanced college degree and 17.96% with high school diplomas or high school equivalency degrees (GEDs).

  • Downers Grove's population in DuPage County, Illinois of 2,103 residents in 1900 has increased 23,89-fold to 50,247 residents after 120 years, according to the official 2020 census.

    Approximately 51.07% female residents and 48.93% male residents live in Downers Grove, DuPage County, Illinois.

    As of 2020 in Downers Grove, DuPage County, Illinois are married and the remaining 36.76% are single population.

  • 33.3 minutes is the average time that residents in Downers Grove require for a one-way commute to work. A long commute can have different effects on health. A Gallup poll in the US found that in terms of mental health, long haul commuters are up to 12 percent more likely to experience worry, and ten percent less likely to feel well rested. The Gallup poll also found that of people who commute 61­–90 minutes each day, a whopping one third complained of neck and back pain, compared to less than a quarter of people who only spend ten minutes getting to work.

    77.67% of the working population which commute to work alone in their car, 6.10% of the working population which commutes to work in a carpool, 9.00% of the population that commutes using mass transit, including bus, light rail, subway, and ferry. 4.07% of the population that has their home as their principal place of work.

  • Of the total residential buildings in Downers Grove, DuPage County, Illinois, 73.79% are owner-occupied homes, another 20.81% are rented apartments, and the remaining 5.40% are vacant.

  • The 57.28% of the population in Downers Grove, DuPage County, Illinois who identify themselves as belonging to a religion are distributed among the following most diverse religions.

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