Prospect Heights, Illinois

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Prospect Heights, Illinois
Country United States
State Illinois
County Cook
Coordinates 42°6′20″N 87°55′41″W / 42.10556°N 87.92806°W / 42.10556; -87.92806Coordinates: 42°6′20″N 87°55′41″W / 42.10556°N 87.92806°W / 42.10556; -87.92806
Area 4.27 sq mi (11 km2)
 - land 4.24 sq mi (11 km2)
 - water 0.03 sq mi (0 km2)
Population 16,256 (2010)
Density 3,834.0 / sq mi (1,480 / km2)
Mayor Nicholas Helmer
Timezone CST (UTC-6)
 - summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Postal code 60070
Area code 847
Location in Cook County and the state of Illinois.
Location of Illinois in the United States
Wikimedia Commons: Prospect Heights, Illinois

Prospect Heights is a city in Cook County, Illinois, United States and is a suburb of Chicago. The population was 16,256 at the 2010 census.[1]


Prospect Heights is located at 42°6′20″N 87°55′41″W / 42.10556°N 87.92806°W / 42.10556; -87.92806 (42.105576, -87.928168).[2]

According to the 2010 census, the city has a total area of 4.27 square miles (11.1 km2), of which 4.24 square miles (11.0 km2) (or 99.30%) is land and 0.03 square miles (0.078 km2) (or 0.70%) is water.[3]


Historical population
Census Pop.
1980 11,823
1990 15,239 28.9%
2000 17,081 12.1%
2010 16,256 −4.8%
Est. 2014 16,418 [4] 1.0%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]

As of the census[6] of 2000, there were 17,081 people, 6,379 households, and 4,433 families residing in the city. The population density was 4,011.1 people per square mile (1,548.1/km²). There were 6,573 housing units at an average density of 1,543.5 per square mile (595.7/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 77.41% White, 1.76% African American, 0.25% Native American, 4.37% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 13.82% from other races, and 2.35% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 27.58% of the population.

There were 6,379 households out of which 31.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.1% were married couples living together, 7.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.5% were non-families. 25.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.68 and the average family size was 3.21.

In the city the population was spread out with 24.2% under the age of 18, 9.2% from 18 to 24, 33.4% from 25 to 44, 21.7% from 45 to 64, and 11.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 103.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 102.6 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $55,641, and the median income for a family was $63,382. Males had a median income of $40,317 versus $32,455 for females. The per capita income for the city was $28,200. About 3.7% of families and 4.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.9% of those under age 18 and 1.4% of those age 65 or over.

On April 5, 2011, Nicholas "Nick" Helmer was elected Mayor of Prospect Heights with 70% of the vote.[7] Less than thirty days after being sworn in, Mayor Helmer rehired police officers that were laid off by the prior administration.[8]


Most of Prospect Heights is served by the Prospect Heights School District 23, which contains four schools:

  • Betsy Ross Elementary (K-2)
  • Anne Sullivan Elementary (3-5)
  • Dwight D. Eisenhower Elementary (K-5)
  • MacArthur Middle School (6-8)

Other districts that serve portions of Prospect Heights include:

Township High School District 214 serves Prospect Heights. Students attend either Wheeling High School or John Hersey High School. Those in District 23's area will attend either. Those in District 21's area will attend Wheeling and those in District 26's area will attend Hersey.

Private education in Prospect Heights is St. Alphonsus Liguori Catholic Parish and St. Viator High School in Arlington Heights.


Prospect Heights has been the site of several small plane crashes coming from Palwaukee Airport. Most recently, on September 17, 2006, a small plane crashed in a back yard, injuring two passengers. Earlier that year, on January 30, a plane crashed near Camp McDonald and Wolf Road, killing four passengers including Kenneth Knudson, the founder of Sybaris Clubs International Inc.[9]

Lake Michigan Water comes to single family homes finally after over 50 years. December 2005 Bob Korvas a resident since 1984 created, organized and chaired a committee for the Lake Claire Water project (aka Lake Claire Water Association) eventually called SSA6. He worked with neighbors, residents and government agencies like the Prospect Heights Mayor (then: Rodney Pace)and City Council members. He organized residents to bring a Lake Michigan Water Main into the single family community necessitated for many reasons. Among those reasons were both economic and safety. Such as difficulty digging new wells that provide safe clean water, fire safety by adding water hydrants, eliminate hard water that quickly damages plumbing/household fixtures, ruins and/or discolors clothing and other personal property. It is unique in that it allowed for keeping both wells and Lake Michigan water use. No other single family area homes outside of the area bounded on the set within the Lake Claire and Shires subdivisions it includes old Willow Road at St Alphonsus School south along Wheeling Road, to Camp McDonald Road east 1/8th mile. The project was in budget at $2.8 Million. Other Areas have wanted to do the same but have not been able to organize their efforts in the same manner. Full records can be found through the public records at city hall and several news articles in the archives of the Daily Herald and Chicago Tribune.

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links history of SSA6/Lake Claire Water:

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