Highwood, Illinois

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Highwood, Illinois
Church at the Highwood Evening Farmers Market
Country United States
State Illinois
County Lake
Coordinates 42°12′19″N 87°48′44″W / 42.20528°N 87.81222°W / 42.20528; -87.81222Coordinates: 42°12′19″N 87°48′44″W / 42.20528°N 87.81222°W / 42.20528; -87.81222
Area 1.8 km2 (1 sq mi)
 - land 1.8 km2 (1 sq mi)
 - water 0 km2 (0 sq mi)
Population 5,405 (2010)
Density 3,003/km2 (7,778/sq mi)
Mayor Charles Pecaro
Timezone CST (UTC-6)
 - summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Postal code 60040
Area code 847
Location of Highwood within Illinois
Location of Highwood within Illinois
Wikimedia Commons: Highwood, Illinois
Website: www.cityofhighwood.com

Highwood is a city in Moraine Township, Lake County, Illinois, United States.


Highwood is located at 42°12′19″N 87°48′44″W / 42.205357°N 87.812345°W / 42.205357; -87.812345, one of the highest points between Chicago and Milwaukee.[1]

According to the 2010 census, Highwood has a total area of 0.71 square miles (1.84 km2), all land.[2]


The Potawatomi people lived in the area until the 1833 Treaty of Chicago.[3]

Highwood was named from the wooded setting of the original townsite at a lofty elevation relative to the lake.[4]

Highwood was the location of the headquarters of the Chicago North Shore and Milwaukee Railroad, a defunct railroad whose North Shore Line ran parallel to the Chicago and North Western Railway's trackage now know today as Metra's Union Pacific/North line. This defunct railroad once carried over 28 million passengers in a single year during World War Two.

Thomas Curley suggested the name High Woods because the land was the highest ground between Chicago and Milwaukee and was covered with trees. The name became Highwood and was filed with the town’s first plat map on August 22, 1868. The village of Highwood was incorporated in 1887.

Source: “Highwood ... MAKING history since 1868”, http://www.highwoodhistoricalsociety.com/history.html, accessed 2016 Oct 12

Given the dry nature of most towns between Evanston and Kenosha, Highwood enjoyed a high per capita number of bars and taverns.[3]

In the 1920s a large number of Italian immigrants moved to Highwood, many from Dalzell, a coal mining town in Bureau Co. Today there are still many good Italian restaurants in the town.


Highwood operates an aldermanic-city form of government.[5]


There is one public (Oak Terrace School (K through 5); part of the North Shore School District 112) and one private school (Saint James School (pre-K through 8); Catholic) that closed in 2015 Highwood residents are served by the Township High School District 113 and attend Highland Park High School.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 451
1900 1,575 249.2%
1910 1,219 −22.6%
1920 1,446 18.6%
1930 3,590 148.3%
1940 3,707 3.3%
1950 3,813 2.9%
1960 4,499 18.0%
1970 4,973 10.5%
1980 5,455 9.7%
1990 5,331 −2.3%
2000 4,143 −22.3%
2010 5,405 30.5%
Est. 2015 5,352 [6] −1.0%
U.S. Decennial Census[7]

2010 census[edit]

As of the census of 2010, Highwood's resident population was 5,405. The median resident age was 32.8.[8]

The racial makeup of the city was 69.64% White, 1.54% Black or African American, 2.24% Asian, 0.31% Native American, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 22.92% of some other race and 3.33% of two or more races. 56.87% were Hispanic or Latino (of any race).[9]

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[10] of 2000, there were 4,143 people, 1,555 households, and 933 families residing in the city. The population density was 6,552.1 people per square mile (2,539.1/km²). There were 1,604 housing units at an average density of 2,536.7 per square mile (983.0/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 43.14% White, 2.15% African American, 0.58% Native American, 2.12% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 17.19% from other races, and 4.78% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 38.23% of the population.

There were 1,555 households out of which 29.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.2% were married couples living together, 10.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 40.0% were non-families. 34.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.60 and the average family size was 3.31.

In the city the population was spread out with 23.3% under the age of 18, 10.6% from 18 to 24, 33.8% from 25 to 44, 16.6% from 45 to 64, and 15.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 99.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.0 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $42,993, and the median income for a family was $53,000. Males had a median income of $30,560 versus $27,560 for females. The per capita income for the city was $24,138. These income statistics are significantly lower than in surrounding towns. About 4.3% of families and 7.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.9% of those under age 18 and 5.2% of those age 65 or over.

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