Hinsdale, Illinois

Hinsdale, Illinois

Chicagoland municipality
muni-name = Hinsdale
muni = Village
date = 1873
state = Illinois
county = DuPage
township = York
tcounty = DuPage
township2 = Downers Grove
tcounty2 = DuPage
|gov = Council-manager
head_label = President
gov_head = Michael D. Woerner
pop = 17,349
status = up
percent = 8.24
prevyear = 1990
density-km = 1,445
density-mi = 3,742.3
white = 93.3
black = .8
hispanic = 2.4
asian = 4.5
islander = 0.0
native = 0.1
other = 1.43
zips = 60521, 60522, 60523, 60570
acode = 630 and 331
area-km = 12
area-mi = 4.6
pci = 63,765
mhi = 104,551
mnhv = 579,742
geocode = 35307
mhv = 489,900
website = www.villageofhinsdale.org

Hinsdale is an affluent Chicago suburb located in Cook County and DuPage County in the U.S. state of Illinois. The population was 17,349 at the 2000 census. The town's ZIP code is 60521. The town is often referred to as the "epicenter" of the teardown phenomenon that has spread nationally, with more than 25% of its housing stock having been replaced with larger, newer homes (most valued in the millions of dollars range) since the mid to late 1980's. It has a rolling, wooded topography, with a quaint downtown that contains boutique shops and restaurants, and is a 20-minute train ride to downtown Chicago on the BNSF Railway Line. Hinsdale is also known for its excellent public school system, ranked among the best on all levels in the state of Illinois. In 2005, all its elementary schools were ranked in the top 25 in the state.


Hinsdale, Illinois is located 20 miles west of Chicago, between Western Springs and Clarendon Hills. It can be reached from Interstate 294 or Interstate 55. The eastern boundary of Hinsdale is I-294, and the western boundary is Route 83. Hinsdale is bordered to the south by Burr Ridge, another affluent town. To the north lies Oak Brook, home of the Oak Brook Center shopping mall and numerous national headquarters, including McDonald's Corporation. The BNSF Railroad runs through the town, and there are three stations in Hinsdale that serve commuters on the line (Hinsdale, West Hinsdale, and Highlands).


As of the censusGR|2 of 2000, according to http://factfinder.census.gov, there were 17,349 people. The racial makeup of the village was 93.3% White, 0.8% African American, 0.1% Native American, 4.5% Asian, *0.0% Pacific Islander, 0.5% from other races, and 0.8% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.4% of the population. *As of the year 2000, there were 4 people of this racial catagory accounted for.

There were 5,977 occupied household units out of which 44.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 69.8% were married couples living together, 6.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 22.0% were non-families. 19.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.86 and the average family size was 3.33.

In the village the population was spread out with 32.9% under the age of 18, 4.2% from 18 to 24, 25.0% from 25 to 44, 25.2% from 45 to 64, and 12.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 92.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.4 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $104,551, and the median income for a family was $132,993. Females had a median income of $44,464. The per capita income for the village was $63,765. About 2.7% of families and 3.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.1% of those under age 18 and 2.4% of those age 65 or over.


Hinsdale is served by Metra's BNSF Railway Line at three stations: West Hinsdale, Hinsdale, and Highlands. Additionally, Pace operates connecting bus services.

Famous Residents/Natives

* Ann Bannon (Ann Thayer or Weldy), pulp fiction author
* Judy Biggert, U.S. House of Representatives Illinois 13th District
* Dean Buntrock, Co-Founder of Waste Management
* Chuck Comiskey, Co-owner Chicago White Sox
* Loie Fuller, dancer
* Toby Hall, MLB Catcher for the Chicago White Sox
* Bobby Jenks, Major League Baseball Player
* Floyd Kalber, Newscaster
* John Kinsella, swimmer
* Chris Klein, actor
* John Lynch, American football player
* Todd Martin, tennis player
* Meredith Monroe, actress
* Morris the Cat, Feline advertising mascot
* Ben Murphy, actor
*Joseph Nechvatal, digital artist and art theoretician
* Dizzy Reed, musician
* Marty Riessen, tennis player
* Jeff Sluman, golfer
* Rob Stafford, news anchor and reporter
* Jim Thome, MLB for the Chicago White Sox
* David Tom, actor
* Heather Tom, actress
* Nicholle Tom, actress
* Todd Van Poppel, baseball player
* Bill Veeck, baseball executive
* R. Harold Zook, architect


The opening scenes in the 1993 John Hughes film "Dennis the Menace" were shot in Hinsdale.

A scene in the movie "Backdraft" was also shot in Hinsdale.

Scenes from a music video for Hootie and the Blowfish were filmed at Hinsdale Central High School.


External links

* [http://www.villageofhinsdale.org/ Official site]
* [http://www.thedoings-hinsdale.com/ The Hinsdale Doings Newspaper]
* [http://www.hinsdaletalks.com/ Hinsdale Talks – Community Guide and Discussion Forum]

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