Harwood Heights, Illinois

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Harwood Heights
Village of Harwood Heights
The Mont Clare at Harlem Avenue, formerly known as Parkway Towers
The Mont Clare at Harlem Avenue, formerly known as Parkway Towers
Motto(s): 
A small town of big opportunities
Location of Harwood Heights in Cook County, Illinois.
Location of Harwood Heights in Cook County, Illinois.
Location of Illinois in the United States
Location of Illinois in the United States
Coordinates: 41°57′58″N 87°48′20″W / 41.96611°N 87.80556°W / 41.96611; -87.80556Coordinates: 41°57′58″N 87°48′20″W / 41.96611°N 87.80556°W / 41.96611; -87.80556
CountryUnited States
StateIllinois
CountyCook
TownshipNorwood Park
Government
 • MayorArlene Jezierny
Area
 • Total0.82 sq mi (2.14 km2)
 • Land0.82 sq mi (2.14 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total8,612
 • Estimate 
(2016)[2]
8,549
 • Density10,362.42/sq mi (4,001.85/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP Code(s)
60706
Area code(s)708
FIPS code17-33435
Websitewww.harwoodheights.org

Harwood Heights is a village in Cook County, Illinois, United States. The population was 8,612 at the 2010 census.[3] Harwood Heights and its neighbor Norridge form an enclave surrounded by the City of Chicago.[citation needed]

Geography[edit]

Harwood Heights is located at 41°57′58″N 87°48′20″W / 41.96611°N 87.80556°W / 41.96611; -87.80556 (41.966172, -87.805576).[4]

According to the 2010 census, Harwood Heights has a total area of 0.82 square miles (2.12 km2), all land.[5]

Harwood Heights is surrounded by Chicago and Norridge.[citation needed]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1950655
19605,688768.4%
19709,06059.3%
19808,228−9.2%
19907,680−6.7%
20008,2978.0%
20108,6123.8%
Est. 20168,549[2]−0.7%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]

As of the census[7] of 2000, there were 8,297 people, 3,505 households, and 2,183 families residing in the village. The population density was 10,094.4 people per square mile (3,906.7/km²). There were 3,606 housing units at an average density of 4,387.2 per square mile (1,697.9/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 92.13% White, 0.31% African American, 0.24% Native American, 4.42% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 1.54% from other races, and 1.33% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.83% of the population.

Based on United States Census data, Harwood Heights is listed as an Illinois community with a significant number of Polish Americans, at 32.5%.[8] Among communities in the United States with populations of 500 or more, Harwood Heights has the second highest percentage of residents born in Poland (18.8%).[9] It also has the seventh highest percentage of residents born in Italy among communities in the United States (4.9%).[10]

There were 3,505 households out of which 23.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.3% were married couples living together, 10.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.7% were non-families. 33.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.37 and the average family size was 3.06.

In the village, the population was spread out with 18.5% under the age of 18, 7.5% from 18 to 24, 28.1% from 25 to 44, 25.3% from 45 to 64, and 20.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females, there were 88.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.6 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $43,288, and the median income for a family was $52,169. Males had a median income of $40,329 versus $29,552 for females. The per capita income for the village was $22,558. About 4.0% of families and 4.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.1% of those under age 18 and 10.9% of those age 65 or over.

Politics[edit]

As of 2018, the mayor is Arlene Jezierny. She is the second woman to serve as mayor in Harwood Heights, the first being Margaret Fuller.[11][dead link]

As of the 2019 election, the current elected officials of the village of Harwood Heights were:

  • Arlene Jezierny - President (since 2009)
  • Marcia Pollowy - Village Clerk (since 2009)
  • Therese Schuepfer - Trustee (since 2007)
  • Lawrence Steiner - Trustee (since 2009)
  • Annette Brzezniak-Volpe - Trustee (since 2013)
  • Anna Brzozowski-Wegrecki - Trustee (since 2016)
  • Giuseppe Zerillo - Trustee (since 2017)
  • Zbigniew Lewandowski (since 2018)

Mayors of Harwood Heights[edit]

Mayor Years
Herbert Huening 1947–1957
Theodore Schwegel 1957–1961
Joseph Zizzo 1961–1965
Patrick Arbor 1965-1967
Harold Majeski 1967-1973
Ray Willas 1973-2001
Norb Pabich 2001-2005
Margaret "Peggy" Fuller 2005-2009
Arlene Jezierny 2009-present

Local culture and media[edit]

Ridgewood High School Multimedia Clubs, which claim to be "the only media outlet in Norridge and Harwood Heights", and has 4 stations: The radio club produces "Jack FM 89.7 WRHS-FM Norridge" and "Theatre of the Ears on Smooth 88.1 WRWX-FM Harwood Heights/Jack Frost 88.1 WXMS Harwood Heights"; the television department runs in-house station "WRWX Television 4"; and the television club runs "WRHS Television 19".[12]

Ridgemoor Country Club is located on Gunnison Avenue and is one of the oldest Chicago area golf clubs originating in 1905.[citation needed] In 1942 the U.S. Open Golf Tournament was cancelled because of World War II and as a replacement the Chicago District Golf Association and the PGA sponsored a tournament called The Hale America National Open Golf Tournament. The tournament was won by Ben Hogan and raised over $20,000 for the Navy Relief Society and the U.S.O.

Education[edit]

Public schools[edit]

Three elementary school districts serve Harwood Heights:

Two high school districts serve Harwood Heights:

Colleges and universities[edit]

Triton Junior College serves Harwood Heights.[16][page needed]

Libraries[edit]

Eisenhower Public Library District serves Harwood Heights and Norridge.[17]

Sister cities[edit]

Harwood Heights is twinned with two cities: Rocchetta a Volturno, Italy,[18] and Dzierżoniów, Poland.[19]

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. ^ "Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (DP-1): Harwood Heights village, Illinois". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved March 12, 2013.
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  5. ^ "G001 - Geographic Identifiers - 2010 Census Summary File 1". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2015-08-03.
  6. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  7. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  8. ^ "Polish Ancestry". epodunk.com. Retrieved 2011-05-16.
  9. ^ "Top 101 cities with the most residents born in Poland (population 500+)". city-data.com. Retrieved 2011-05-16.
  10. ^ "Top 101 cities with the most residents born in Italy (population 500+)". city-data.com. Retrieved 2008-08-18.
  11. ^ Village of Harwood Heights: Mayor Margaret Fuller.
  12. ^ "Ridgewood High School Multimedia Club". Norridge, Illinois: Ridgewood Community High School District 234. Retrieved 2019-03-04.
  13. ^ "Welcome to Pennoyer Elementary School School District 79". Norridge, Illinois: Pennoyer Elementary School School District 79. Retrieved 2019-03-04. educates children from parts of Norridge, Harwood Heights, & unincorporated Norwood Park Township
  14. ^ Norridge School
  15. ^ Union Ridge School
  16. ^ Triton Junior College
  17. ^ "About Us". Harwood Heights, Illinois: Eisenhower Public Library District. Retrieved 2019-03-04.
  18. ^ "Minutes of the Regular Meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Village of Harwood Heights" (PDF). Village of Harwood Heights. July 22, 2010. Retrieved February 13, 2016.
  19. ^ "Minutes of the Regular Meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Village of Harwood Heights" (PDF). Village of Harwood Heights. September 26, 2013. Retrieved February 13, 2016.

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