Clarendon Hills, Illinois

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Clarendon Hills
Village
Nickname(s): "The Daisy Bucket"
Clarendon Hills is located in Illinois
Clarendon Hills
Clarendon Hills
Location in Illinois
Coordinates: 41°47′46″N 87°57′21″W / 41.79611°N 87.95583°W / 41.79611; -87.95583Coordinates: 41°47′46″N 87°57′21″W / 41.79611°N 87.95583°W / 41.79611; -87.95583
Country  United States
State Illinois
County DuPage
Township Downers Grove
Incorporated 1924
Government
 • Type Council-manager
 • President Thomas F. Karaba
Area
 • Total 1.81 sq mi (4.7 km2)
 • Land 1.80 sq mi (4.7 km2)
 • Water 0.01 sq mi (0.03 km2)  0.55%
Population
 • Total 8,427
 • Density 4,700/sq mi (1,800/km2)
Standard of living
 • Per capita income $58,298
 • Home value $569,700
ZIP code(s) 60514
Area code(s) 630 and 331
Geocode 17-14572
Website www.clarendonhills.us
Demographics (2000)[1]
White Black Hispanic Asian
94.07% 0.84% 2.37% 3.52%
Islander Native Other
0.10% 0.01% 0.42%

Clarendon Hills is a village in DuPage County, Illinois, United States. The population was 7,610 at the 2000 census.

Geography[edit]

Clarendon Hills is located at 41°47′46″N 87°57′21″W / 41.79611°N 87.95583°W / 41.79611; -87.95583 (41.796030, -87.955960).[2] It is approximately 18 miles southwest of Chicago.

According to the 2010 census, the village has a total area of 1.81 square miles (4.7 km2), of which 1.80 square miles (4.7 km2) (or 99.45%) is land and 0.01 square miles (0.026 km2) (or 0.55%) is water.[3]

History[edit]

Henry Middaugh began his journey as one of the founding fathers of Clarendon Hills when he came to Chicago in 1854. After growing tired of the city life, Middaugh sold his business interests in Cook County and headed west. Middaugh settled in an area eighteen miles west of Chicago in an area of DuPage County known at the time as West Hinsdale. In 1873, West Hinsdale officially became known as the village of Clarendon Hills, and Middaugh was one of its most wealthy inhabitants.

When Middaugh moved west, he purchased 270 acres of land north of the recently established railroad. This purchase made him the principal owner of Clarendon Hills property north of the tracks. Initially, Middaugh used his land exclusively as a farm, but in 1891 he vacated the area between the railroad and what is now Chicago Avenue in preparation for construction of his residence, Middaugh Mansion. Middaugh continued to farm approximately eighty acres of land north of Chicago Avenue, but even this land was ultimately re-purposed as part of the Hinsdale Golf Club. Middaugh’s property – while significant – was not his only contribution to the burgeoning village of Clarendon Hills. Middaugh eventually became the DuPage County School Director and also a member of the Board of Supervisors. In addition to this, Middaugh was part of the reason for Clarendon Hills getting the nickname “Daisy Fields” because of the amount of daisies accidentally planted on his property. Middaugh made extensive contributions to the growth and notoriety of Clarendon Hills and is remembered as one of the founding fathers of the Village of Clarendon Hills.

Demographics[edit]

As of the census[4] of 2006, there were 8,572 people, 2,836 households, and 2,056 families residing in the village. The population density was 4,377.1 people per square mile (1,688.6/km²). There were 2,939 housing units at an average density of 1,690.4 per square mile (652.2/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 94.07% White, 0.84% African American, 0.01% Native American, 3.52% Asian, 0.42% from other races, and 1.13% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.37% of the population.

There were 2,836 households out of which 40.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.2% were married couples living together, 8.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.5% were non-families. 24.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.65 and the average family size was 3.21.

In the village the population was spread out with 30.3% under the age of 18, 4.9% from 18 to 24, 31.5% from 25 to 44, 21.4% from 45 to 64, and 11.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 92.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.9 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $105,278, and the median income for a family was $145,509. Males had a median income of $113,125 versus $62,083 for females. The per capita income for the village was $58,298. About 3.9% of families and 3.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.8% of those under age 18 and 0.2% of those age 65 or over.

Transportation[edit]

Clarendon Hills has a station on Metra's BNSF Railway Line, which provides daily rail service between Aurora, Illinois and Chicago, Illinois (at Union Station). Additionally, Pace operates connecting bus services. Currently, bus lines 663 and 664 serve Clarendon Hills.

Top employers[edit]

According to the Village's 2011 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report,[5] the top employers in Clarendon Hills are:

# Employer # of Employees
1 Jewel-Osco 200
2 Hinsdale Golf Club 133
3 Village of Clarendon Hills 91
4 Country House 45
5 Scapa Italian Kitchen 35

Traditions[edit]

Every summer the citizens take part in the local "Dancin' in the Street!" which won the 2012 Illinois Governor's Hometown Award.[6]

Notable people[edit]

Schools[edit]

Clarendon Hills is in Community Consolidated School District 181, with Clarendon Hills Middle School (grades 6-8), Prospect School (grades K-5), and Walker School (grades K-5). Notre Dame Parish School (grades PK-8) is also located in the village.

Clarendon Hills Middle School (CHMS) is one of the two 6-8th grade schools in district 181. It is one of 5 public middle schools that feed into Hinsdale Central High School. Approximately 700 students were enrolled in CHMS for the 2009-10 school year. CHMS was recently ranked by the Chicago Tribune as the 14th best middle school in the state (based on ISAT scores). More than 96% of the students' test scores were categorized as meeting or exceeding the Illinois Learning Standards.

In 2009, the Clarendon Hills Middle School was awarded with a Blue Ribbon by the United States Department of Education, recognizing it as one of the top schools in the nation.[8] CHMS is ranked in the top 2% of middle schools in Illinois.

Prospect School had an approximate enrollment of 449 students for the 2009-10 school year. Walker School had an approximate enrollment of 305 students for the 2009-10 school year. Together with CHMS all are rated 10 out of 10 by greatschools.net.[9]

History[edit]

In 1961 a plane crashed in Clarendon Hills killing all 73 passengers on board.[10]

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