Bensenville, Illinois

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Bensenville
Village
Village of Bensenville
Downtown Bensenville
Downtown Bensenville
Motto(s): Gateway to Opportunity
Location of Bensenville in DuPage County and Cook County, Illinois.
Location of Bensenville in DuPage County and Cook County, Illinois.
Location of Illinois in the United States
Location of Illinois in the United States
Coordinates: 41°57′29″N 87°56′45″W / 41.95806°N 87.94583°W / 41.95806; -87.94583Coordinates: 41°57′29″N 87°56′45″W / 41.95806°N 87.94583°W / 41.95806; -87.94583
Country United States
State Illinois
County DuPage, Cook
Township Addison Township
Government
 • Type President-Trustee
 • Village President Frank DeSimone
Area[1]
 • Total 5.55 sq mi (14.37 km2)
 • Land 5.50 sq mi (14.25 km2)
 • Water 0.05 sq mi (0.12 km2)
Population (2010)
 • Total 18,352
 • Estimate (2016)[2] 18,355
 • Density 3,337.27/sq mi (1,288.48/km2)
Time zone CST (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Area code(s) 630
FIPS code 17-05248
Wikimedia Commons Bensenville, Illinois
Website http://www.bensenville.il.us/

Bensenville is a village located near O'Hare International Airport in DuPage County, Illinois, with a portion of the town in Cook County. As of the 2010 census, the village population was 18,352.

First known as Tioga, it was formally established as Bensenville in 1873 along the Milwaukee Road railway. The community is named after Benzen, Germany.[3][4] A post office was established in 1873, but because there was an existing "Benson", the suffix "ville" was added.[3]

The Edge Ice Arena is located in Bensenville, former home of the Chicago Steel junior ice hockey team.

The Churchville School in Bensenville is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Geography[edit]

According to the 2010 census, Bensenville has a total area of 5.618 square miles (14.55 km2), of which 5.57 square miles (14.43 km2) (or 99.15%) is land and 0.048 square miles (0.12 km2) (or 0.85%) is water.[5]

Schools[edit]

Bensenville School District 100:

Bensenville School District 2:

  • Blackhawk Middle School
  • Tioga School
  • W.A. Johnson School

Private:

  • Holy Family, Private Roman Catholic
  • Zion Concord Lutheran School, Private K-8

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 136
1890 295 116.9%
1900 374 26.8%
1910 443 18.4%
1920 650 46.7%
1930 1,680 158.5%
1940 1,869 11.3%
1950 3,754 100.9%
1960 9,141 143.5%
1970 12,956 41.7%
1980 16,106 24.3%
1990 17,767 10.3%
2000 20,703 16.5%
2010 18,352 −11.4%
Est. 2016 18,355 [2] 0.0%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]

As of the census [7] of 2010, there were 18,352 people residing in the village. The population density was 3,296.6 people per square mile (5,305.3/km²). There were 6,743 housing units. The racial makeup of the village was 67.3% White, 3.5% African American, 1.0% Native American, 4.8% Asian, and 3.0% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 47.8% of the population.

There were 6,312 households out of which 36.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.4% were married couples living together, 11% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33% were non-families. 26.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.89 and the average family size was 3.50.

In the village, the population was spread out with 24.5% under the age of 18, 7.4% from 20 to 24, 30.6% from 25 to 44, 23.9% from 45 to 64, and 10.9% who were over 65 years of age. The median age was 33.4 years.

The median income for a household in the village was $52,500 and the median income for a family was $55,500. About 15.4% of families and 15.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 24.1% of those under age 18 and 13.8% of those over age 65.

Transportation[edit]

The "Midwest Hiawatha" traveling through Bensenville, 1943

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.

Economy[edit]

Top employers[edit]

According to Bensenville's 2016 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report,[8] the top employers in the village are:

# Employer # of Employees
1 Oss Services LLC 525
2 US Foods 350
3 National Data Label Corp 325
4 Expeditors International 301
5 Victor Envelope Co 300
6 Ewing-Doherty Mechanical Inc 250
7 UPS Supply Chain Solutions 240
8 Fortune Fish & Gourmet 225
9 Freudenberg-NOK 150
9 G & K Svc 150
9 Protectoseal Co 150
10 R & M Trucking Co 140

In popular culture[edit]

Bensenville is the site of Victory Auto Wreckers, a 7-acre (2.8 ha) junkyard on Green Street which has repeatedly aired the same commercial, starring Bob Zajdel, on Chicago television stations since 1981.

Part of the movie Flatliners was filmed at the old green house that was next to Black Hawk Junior High School in 1990.

The Spilotro brothers were executed in a basement in Bensenville and buried in a cornfield in Indiana as depicted in the movie Casino which depicts the corruption at the Stardust Hotel in Las Vegas. Joe Pesci portrayed one of the Spilotro brothers.

In the television series Boss, a multiepisode 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.

The Christian metalcore band Gwen Stacy recorded the video for their single "The First Words" in an abandoned neighborhood in Bensenville.

Sister cities[edit]

Notable people[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2016 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved Jun 29, 2017. 
  2. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017. 
  3. ^ a b Callary, Edward (2009). Place Names of Illinois. University of Illinois. 
  4. ^ "Several Towns Named After Founders and Heroes". The Daily Herald. December 28, 1999. p. 220. Retrieved August 17, 2014 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  5. ^ "G001 - Geographic Identifiers - 2010 Census Summary File 1". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2015-08-02. 
  6. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  7. ^ "US Census Bureau QuickFacts". 2010 Census. Archived from the original on 9 May 2012. Retrieved 8 February 2012. 
  8. ^ Village of Bensenville CAFR
  9. ^ Daren Dochterman's bio for Fenton's Wall of Fame; retrieved 23 May 2016
  10. ^ Daren Dochterman filmography @imdb.com; retrieved 13 August 2008
  11. ^ "Fenton alum to play for Nigeria in Olympics". Daily Herald. July 20, 2012. Retrieved May 7, 2017. 
  12. ^ "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. 
  13. ^ Dr. Audrey Wagner's bio for Fenton HS's Wall of Fame; retrieved 13 August 2008 Archived 28 May 2010 at the Wayback Machine.
  14. ^ AAGPL records page @aagpl.org; retrieved 13 August 2008 Archived September 7, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  15. ^ Johnson, Steve (18 July 2014). "Q&A: Marcin Kleczynski, CEO of Malwarebytes, on cybersecurity and startups". Mercury News. Retrieved 14 October 2016. 

External links[edit]

Official website