Lisle, Illinois

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Lisle, Illinois
Village of Lisle
Lisle Library District entrance canopy.
Lisle Library District entrance canopy.
"The Arboretum Village"[1]
Location of Lisle in DuPage County, Illinois.
Location of Lisle in DuPage County, Illinois.
Location of Illinois in the United States
Location of Illinois in the United States
Coordinates: 41°47′33″N 88°05′18″W / 41.79250°N 88.08833°W / 41.79250; -88.08833Coordinates: 41°47′33″N 88°05′18″W / 41.79250°N 88.08833°W / 41.79250; -88.08833
CountryUnited States
TownshipsLisle, Milton
IncorporatedJune 26, 1956
 • TypeMayor–council
 • MayorChristopher Pecak
 • Total7.08 sq mi (18.35 km2)
 • Land6.90 sq mi (17.88 km2)
 • Water0.18 sq mi (0.47 km2)
676 ft (206 m)
 • Total24,223
 • Density3,509.56/sq mi (1,354.95/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP Code(s)
Area codes630, 331
FIPS code17-43939
Wikimedia CommonsLisle, Illinois

Lisle (/ˈləl/ LY-əl) is a village in DuPage County, Illinois, United States. The population was 22,390 at the 2010 census, and in 2019 the population was recorded to be 23,270.[5] It is part of the Chicago metropolitan area and the Illinois Technology and Research Corridor. It is also the headquarters of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission Region III.

In July 2007, Lisle was ranked No. 20 in Money magazine's list of "100 Best Places to Live"[6] and No. 17 on their 2009 list of the "Best Places for the Rich and Single."[7]


In 1830, Bailey Hobson, a Quaker, was the first settler in what would become DuPage County, Illinois, as well as Lisle Township. The town of Lisle was settled in 1832, by brothers James C. Hatch and Luther A. Hatch after the close of the Black Hawk War. The two brothers acquired land near what is now Ogden Avenue and began a small farming community named "DuPage" or "East DuPage" because, of its proximity to the east branch of the DuPage River.[8][9]

In 1831, DuPage County was founded. To the west of the Lisle settlement, on the west branch of the DuPage river, brothers Joseph and John Naper founded the Naper Settlement, present-day Naperville, Illinois.

Lisle experienced many firsts in the decade of 1830s during the earliest years of settlement in DuPage County. In 1832, James C. Hatch set aside some of his land for the first and only community burial ground in the East DuPage Settlement. Today, Lisle Cemetery is one of the oldest registered cemeteries in the state of Illinois. Hatch operated the first wagon and blacksmith shop and began Lisle's infant dairy industry with a creamery. Formed in 1833, the East DuPage Religious Society had a circuit rider preacher with house churches and was the first Christian organization in DuPage County, which later became the First Congregational Church of DuPage in 1842. The first post office was managed by John Thompson in 1834, and the first log schoolhouse was constructed in that same year and later replaced, in 1837, with a frame structure.

In 1849,[10] DuPage County formed its first townships, and the name Lisle was first proposed by early settler Alonzo B. Chatfield[11] of Lisle, New York;[12] the proposal was accepted, creating the Lisle Township. The village was incorporated on June 26, 1956,[10] and was also named after Lisle, New York.[13] Another reason for the DuPage township name change was that there was another town in Will County with the name DuPage.

Another story of the origin of the Lisle name was that the town was named after the late S. Lisle Smith of Chicago.[14]

In 1864, the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad arrived along with a newly constructed depot. In 1874, a fire destroyed the Lisle Station depot, but it was later rebuilt by the CB&Q Railroad. Today, commuter rail service is provided by Metra.

On July 4, 2006, Lisle celebrated its 50th birthday by hosting the state's biggest fireworks display.[6]


Lisle is located at 41°47′33″N 88°05′18″W / 41.79250°N 88.08833°W / 41.79250; -88.08833 (41.7924954, -88.0882100).[3] According to the 2021 census gazetteer files, Lisle has a total area of 7.08 square miles (18.34 km2), of which 6.90 square miles (17.87 km2) (or 97.44%) is land and 0.18 square miles (0.47 km2) (or 2.56%) is water.[15] Most of Lisle lies within the watershed of the east branch of the DuPage River.


Historical population
Census Pop.
U.S. Decennial Census[16]

As of the 2020 census[17] there were 24,223 people, 9,787 households, and 5,547 families residing in the village. The population density was 3,419.88 inhabitants per square mile (1,320.42/km2). There were 10,965 housing units at an average density of 1,548.07 per square mile (597.71/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 67.64% White, 6.13% African American, 0.35% Native American, 15.26% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 3.77% from other races, and 6.81% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 8.93% of the population.

There were 9,787 households, out of which 48.41% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.52% were married couples living together, 5.51% had a female householder with no husband present, and 43.32% were non-families. 35.38% of all households were made up of individuals, and 12.00% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.09 and the average family size was 2.30.

The village's age distribution consisted of 21.1% under the age of 18, 10.6% from 18 to 24, 28.8% from 25 to 44, 24.1% from 45 to 64, and 15.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36.8 years. For every 100 females, there were 107.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 105.6 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $96,945, and the median income for a family was $133,133. Males had a median income of $67,435 versus $49,270 for females. The per capita income for the village was $50,750. About 2.6% of families and 5.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.2% of those under age 18 and 3.7% of those age 65 or over.


CA Technologies, Molex, Armour-Eckrich, and Navistar are among the largest companies based in Lisle. Navistar recently relocated its headquarters to Lisle, occupying the large corporate buildings previously owned by Lucent Technologies. The corporate footprint of Lisle continues to expand as large companies seek an easily accessible, highly visible alternative to Chicago.

The North American corporate headquarters of the market research firm Millward Brown, which is currently a subsidiary of WPP plc, is also located in Lisle.[18]

Top employers[edit]

According to the Village's 2018 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report,[19] the top ten employers in the city are:

# Employer # of Employees
1 Footprint Acquisition 3,200
2 Navistar 2,480
3 Benedictine University 1,150
4 Navistar Defense 1,003
5 Molex 1,000
6 Armour-Eckrich Meats LLC 990
7 DuPage Medical Group 660
8 McCain Foods 600
9 HealthSmart Benefit Solutions 286
10 Patrick Engineering 275

Arts and culture[edit]

Points of interest[edit]


Lisle is home to Benet Academy, a private high school

Primary and secondary schools[edit]

Lisle's school district is Lisle Community Unit School District 202; a portion of Lisle lies in the Naperville Community Unit School District 203. The majority of high school students living in Lisle attend Lisle Senior High School.[23]

Middle schools:[23]

High schools:[23]

Colleges and universities[edit]

Notable people[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Village of Lisle, Illinois". Village of Lisle, Illinois. Archived from the original on February 11, 2009. Retrieved August 31, 2012.
  2. ^ "2020 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved March 15, 2022.
  3. ^ a b U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Village of Lisle
  4. ^ "Lisle village, Illinois – Fact Sheet". United States Census Bureau. U.S. Census Bureau. 2010. Retrieved February 15, 2010.
  5. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved May 21, 2020.
  6. ^ a b Rosato, Donna (July 2007). "Best Places to Live: Top 100 – Lisle, Ill. (20)". Best Places to Live. Money magazine. Retrieved July 17, 2007.
  7. ^ Fletcher, Stephanie (July 2009). "Best Places for the Rich and Single: #17 – Lisle, IL". Best places for the Rich and Single. " Money" magazine. Retrieved July 28, 2009.
  8. ^ "History of DuPage County : Lisle". Retrieved May 4, 2018.
  9. ^ C. W. Richmond and Henry F. Valette. "A history of the County of Du Page, Illinois". Chicago, Illinois: Scripps, Bross & Spears, 1857, 113-114.
  10. ^ a b Illinois Regional Archives Depository System. "Name Index to Illinois Local Governments". Illinois State Archives. Illinois Secretary of State. Retrieved September 11, 2013.
  11. ^ "Alonzo Bradley "Lon Alanson" Chatfield, I (1810-1893) -".
  12. ^ "Several Towns Named After Founders and Heroes". The Daily Herald. December 28, 1999. p. 220. Retrieved August 17, 2014 – via open access
  13. ^ "Profile for Lisle, Illinois, IL". ePodunk. Retrieved August 31, 2012.
  14. ^ Board C.W. (1877)[full citation needed]
  15. ^ Bureau, US Census. "Gazetteer Files". Retrieved June 29, 2022.
  16. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  17. ^ "Explore Census Data". Retrieved June 28, 2022.
  18. ^ "Illinois".
  19. ^ "Village of Lisle CAFR".
  20. ^ "A sight of Lisle like no other". Retrieved September 17, 2009.
  21. ^ "Milestones at White Sox, Bulls summer camps".
  22. ^ "Bulls Sox Training Academy". Archived from the original on January 19, 2010.
  23. ^ a b c "Schools". Village of Lisle. Archived from the original on October 3, 2006. Retrieved February 14, 2010.


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