Roselle, Illinois

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Roselle, Illinois
Official seal of Roselle, Illinois
Seal
Motto: "Tradition Meets Tomorrow"
Roselle is located in Illinois
Roselle
Roselle
Location within the state of Illinois
Coordinates: 41°58′50″N 88°5′8″W / 41.98056°N 88.08556°W / 41.98056; -88.08556Coordinates: 41°58′50″N 88°5′8″W / 41.98056°N 88.08556°W / 41.98056; -88.08556
Country United States
State Illinois
Counties DuPage and Cook
Government
 • Mayor Gayle Smolinski
Area
 • Total 5.48 sq mi (14.2 km2)
 • Land 5.41 sq mi (14.0 km2)
 • Water 0.07 sq mi (0.2 km2)
Elevation 709–797 ft (216–243 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 22,763
 • Density 4,207.6/sq mi (1,624.6/km2)
Time zone CST (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Website www.roselle.il.us

Roselle is a village in DuPage County and Cook counties in northeastern Illinois, United States. It was first incorporated in 1922 and is a bedroom community, with residents generally commuting to Chicago or nearby suburbs for their jobs. As a result, the early rural atmosphere of the community has been lost over the past 30 years. As of the 2010 census, the village's population was 22,763.[1] Roselle is a western suburb of Chicago and is part of the Chicago metropolitan area.

History[edit]

Roselle Flour and Feed Mill in 1895, before it burned down in 1916[2]

The area surrounding the current village of Roselle began to be settled in the early 1830s, as settlers moved in next to the native Potawatomi people. Silas L. Meacham and his brothers Harvey and Lyman settled the area now known as Bloomingdale Township. The government had been offering land in the area for around $1.25 / acre. In 1837, Deacon Elijah Hough and his wife settled in the Bloomingdale area, with his sons Oramel, Rosell [sic] and daughter Cornelia.

In 1868, at the age of 48, Rosell Hough returned from a career as an alderman and a businessman in Chicago, and saw that the area had become a farming center for corn and flax. He opened the Illinois Linen Company on the northwest corner off of what is now Roselle Road and Irving Park Road. Hough was also the president of the Chicago and Pacific Railroad Company. It is rumored that because of his position, he spent some money to alter a land survey to show that a railroad line should run through Roselle, Itasca and Wood Dale instead of Addison and Bloomingdale. The new train schedule is believed to have misprinted the name of the new town on the new rail line, giving Roselle its current name.[3]

Geography[edit]

Roselle is located at 41°58′50″N 88°5′8″W / 41.98056°N 88.08556°W / 41.98056; -88.08556 (41.980569, -88.085438).[4]

According to the 2010 census, the village has a total area of 5.48 square miles (14.2 km2), of which 5.41 square miles (14.0 km2) (or 98.72%) is land and 0.07 square miles (0.18 km2) (or 1.28%) is water.[5] Two notable hydrological features are Goose Lake and Spring Creek, a tributary to the East Branch of the DuPage River. Turner Pond is a man-made pond located just north of the town center.

Transportation[edit]

Roselle is roughly bounded by Nerge Road to the north, unincorporated Medinah to the east, Lake Street to the south and Gary Avenue to the west. The main arterial roads of Irving Park Road and Roselle Road run east-west and north-south, respectively, through the central commercial area of Roselle.

Bicycle trails link the nearby cities of Schaumburg and Bloomingdale. The North Central DuPage Regional Trail runs through far southeastern portions of Roselle.

Roselle has a station on Metra's Milwaukee District/West Line, which provides daily rail service between Elgin and Chicago Union Station.

Demographics[edit]

As of the census[6] of 2000, there were 23,115 people, 8,443 households, and 6,239 families residing in the village. The population density was 4,301.1 people per square mile (1,662.0/km²). There were 8,552 housing units at an average density of 1,591.3 per square mile (614.9/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 87.89% White, 1.66% African American, 0.21% Native American, 7.29% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 1.44% from other races, and 1.47% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.18% of the population.

There were 8,443 households out of which 37.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.2% were married couples living together, 9.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.1% were non-families. 21.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.73 and the average family size was 3.22.

In the village the population was spread out with 25.9% under the age of 18, 8.3% from 18 to 24, 33.5% from 25 to 44, 24.2% from 45 to 64, and 8.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 95.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.0 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $65,254, and the median income for a family was $73,444 (these figures had risen to $76,544 and $85,604 respectively as of a 2007 estimate[7]). Males had a median income of $51,879 versus $33,564 for females. The per capita income for the village was $28,501. About 1.3% of families and 2.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 0.6% of those under age 18 and 6.5% of those age 65 or over.

Business[edit]

There are three main commercially-zoned areas in the village. One is along the southern border of the town along Lake Street (U.S. Route 20), the second is in the center of the village near the historical center of Park Street and Irving Park Road (Illinois Route 19). In 2005, a new downtown business development opened along the Soo Line Railroad tracks just north of the town center (Main Street Station). The third is along Nerge Road, the northern edge of the village. Plans are currently underway for the redevelopment of the Downtown District in addition to Main Street Station. The several phase project is collectively known as Village Crossing.

Schools[edit]

Roselle is served by five elementary school districts, and two high school districts. District offices and both campuses of Lake Park High School District 108 are located within Roselle, and serve most of Roselle, all of neighboring Itasca, Keeneyville, and Medinah, and portions of Bloomingdale, Hanover Park and Wood Dale. Northern portions of Roselle are served by Schaumburg Township High School District 211.

Roselle School District 12 is located entirely in the Village of Roselle and consists of two local schools: Spring Hills Elementary and Roselle Middle School with a school enrollment of approximately 700 students. Portions of western Roselle are served by Keeneyville School District 20, whose Waterbury Elementary school is located in Roselle. Parts of eastern Roselle are served by Medinah School District 11, whose middle school is located in the village. Parts of northern Roselle fall within Schaumburg School Districts 54 and southern within Bloomingdale School District 13.

Non-public elementary schools in Roselle include St. Walter Catholic School, Trinity Lutheran and Medinah Baptist.

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