|Village of Bensenville|
Gateway to Opportunity
|• Village President||Frank DeSimone|
|• Total||5.58 sq mi (14.46 km2)|
|• Land||5.53 sq mi (14.33 km2)|
|• Water||0.05 sq mi (0.13 km2)|
|Elevation||679 ft (207 m)|
|• Density||3,401.37/sq mi (1,313.23/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC-6 (CST)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-5 (CDT)|
First known as Tioga, it was formally established as Bensenville in 1873 along the Milwaukee Road (now Canadian Pacific) right-of-way. The community is named after Bensen, Germany, a village in the municipality of Sudwalde. A post office was established in 1873, but because there was an existing "Benson", the suffix "ville" was added.
According to the 2021 census gazetteer files, Bensenville has a total area of 5.58 square miles (14.45 km2), of which 5.53 square miles (14.32 km2) (or 99.09%) is land and 0.05 square miles (0.13 km2) (or 0.91%) is water.
Bensenville School District 100:
- Fenton High School which serves both Bensenville and Wood Dale
Bensenville School District 2:
- Blackhawk Middle School
- Tioga School
- W.A. Johnson School
- Zion-Concord Lutheran School, Private 3-year-old Preschool through 8th grade.
|U.S. Decennial Census|
As of the 2020 census there were 18,813 people, 6,661 households, and 4,274 families residing in the village. The population density was 3,370.90 inhabitants per square mile (1,301.51/km2). There were 6,864 housing units at an average density of 1,229.89 per square mile (474.86/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 46.19% White, 4.17% African American, 4.94% Asian, 2.23% Native American, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 25.73% from other races, and 16.74% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 51.55% of the population.
There were 6,661 households, out of which 57.71% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.30% were married couples living together, 12.73% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.84% were non-families. 29.43% of all households were made up of individuals, and 11.48% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.40 and the average family size was 2.70.
The village's age distribution consisted of 23.2% under the age of 18, 9.4% from 18 to 24, 28.8% from 25 to 44, 25.5% from 45 to 64, and 13.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35.9 years. For every 100 females, there were 101.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 99.3 males.
The median income for a household in the village was $64,401, and the median income for a family was $77,151. Males had a median income of $39,310 versus $32,728 for females. The per capita income for the village was $27,530. About 7.4% of families and 10.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 19.6% of those under age 18 and 6.7% of those age 65 or over.
Bensenville has a station on Metra's Milwaukee District/West Line, which provides daily rail service between Elgin and Chicago (at Union Station). From there, passengers can connect to an Amtrak train.
According to Bensenville's 2020 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the top employers in the village are:
|#||Employer||# of Employees|
|2||Fortune Fish & Gourmet||350|
|3||Chicago White Metal Casting||325|
|5||Victor Envelope Co||220|
|6||Ewing-Doherty Mechanical Inc||200|
|6||UPS Freight Services||200|
|8||Amglo Kemlite Labs||150|
In popular culture
Bensenville is the site of Victory Auto Wreckers, a 7-acre (2.8 ha) auto recycling facility on Green Street which has repeatedly aired the "door-falling-off-the-car" commercial, starring Bob Zajdel, on Chicago television stations since 1981.
In the television series Boss, a multi-episode story arc involves the main character, Mayor of Chicago Tom Kane (Kelsey Grammer), being damaged by a scandal in which he authorized the dumping of carcinogenic chemicals that soak into the groundwater of Bensenville.
- Daren Dochterman is an art designer and illustrator for over 35 feature films including The Abyss, and Star Trek: The Motion Picture.
- Richard Oruche, basketball player for the Nigerian National Basketball Team. He competed in the 2012 Olympic Games. He played basketball for the Fenton Bison, Bensenville's high school.
- William A. Redmond was a longtime Democratic member of the Illinois House of Representatives who served as Speaker from 1975-1981.
- Genevieve "Audrey" Wagner was a professional baseball player in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, winning the league's batting title in 1948. She later earned an M.D. and pilots license.
- Marcin Kleczynski, Polish-born Malwarebytes CEO who grew up in Bensenville.
- "2020 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved March 15, 2022.
- Callary, Edward (2009). Place Names of Illinois. University of Illinois. ISBN 9780252090707.
- "Several Towns Named After Founders and Heroes". The Daily Herald. December 28, 1999. p. 220. Retrieved August 17, 2014 – via Newspapers.com.
- https://static1.squarespace.com/static/54dc6b0be4b0d364a5ee20e0/t/596f525c893fc01a296bd706/1500467836964/1936+Barker%3AKarpis+Summary.pdf[bare URL PDF]
- Bureau, US Census. "Gazetteer Files". Census.gov. Retrieved 2022-06-29.
- "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
- "Explore Census Data". data.census.gov. Retrieved 2022-06-28.
- Village of Bensenville CAFR
- "Commercial success – Chicago Tribune". Chicago Tribune.
- "Village of Bensenville Board Minutes, October 13, 2015". Retrieved March 12, 2019.
- "Daren Dochterman's bio for Fenton's Wall of Fame; retrieved 23 May 2016". Archived from the original on 28 September 2015. Retrieved 23 May 2016.
- Daren Dochterman filmography @imdb.com; retrieved 13 August 2008
- "Fenton alum to play for Nigeria in Olympics". Daily Herald. July 20, 2012. Retrieved May 7, 2017.
- Martinez, Marcia (November 12, 2009). "If not for Richard, Prairie Stars would be poorer". The State Journal-Register. Retrieved March 3, 2020.
- "William A. Redmond Memoir" (PDF). Illinois Legislative Research Unit. 1982. p. v. Archived from the original (PDF) on September 28, 2015. Retrieved September 26, 2015.
- Dr. Audrey Wagner's bio for Fenton HS's Wall of Fame; retrieved 13 August 2008 Archived 28 May 2010 at the Wayback Machine
- AAGPL records page @aagpl.org; retrieved 13 August 2008 Archived September 7, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
- Johnson, Steve (18 July 2014). "Q&A: Marcin Kleczynski, CEO of Malwarebytes, on cybersecurity and startups". Mercury News. Retrieved 14 October 2016.