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Glen Ellyn

Village of Glen Ellyn

  •   State: 
    DuPage County
    Glen Ellyn
      County FIPS: 
    41°52′16″N 88°3′47″W
      Area total: 
    7.05 sq mi (18.26 km²)
      Area land: 
    6.89 sq mi (17.84 km²)
      Area water: 
    0.16 sq mi (0.42 km²)
    1834; Settled 1834; Incorporated May 10, 1896
  •   Latitude: 
      Dman name cbsa: 
    Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI
    Eastern Standard Time (EST) UTC-5:00; Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) UTC-4:00
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    Glen Ellyn, DuPage County, Illinois, United States

  •   Population: 
      Population density: 
    4,187.26 residents per square mile of area (1,616.73/km²)
      Household income: 
      Unemployment rate: 
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Glen Ellyn is a village in DuPage County, Illinois, United States. It is located 24 miles (39 km) due west of downtown Chicago. The village has a population of 28,846 as of the 2020 Census. The current name is based on the Welsh version of the name of the thenvillage president Thomas E. Hill's wife Ellen, preceded by glen, referring to the local geography. The name Glen Ellyn had been adopted by 1889, when village president Hill and businessman Philo Stacy spearheaded a project to create a new lake. The first church, a Congregational church, was built in 1862. In 1922 the first Glenbard high school was built. By the end of the 20th century, it was the last all-volunteer fire department inDuPage County. In 1890, residents discovered mineral springs near the village. This contributed to Glen Elly advertising itself as Chicago's newest suburb and health resort, soon followed by the village being officially incorporated on May 10, 1892. The large Lake Glen Ellys Hotel opened in 1892, the same year much of the business district was destroyed by fire. The town's first high school, Glenbard High School, was opened in 1922. It was built on land owned by two brothers from the Finger Lakes region of New York, Morgan and Ralph Babcock. The brothers also arranged for a claim for their New York neighbor Deacon Winslow Churchill, who arrived in 1834 along with some of his adult children and their families.


Glen Ellyn is the primary city name, but also Glendale Heights, Glendale Hts are acceptable city names or spellings. The official name is Village of Glen Ellyn. Glen Ellyn is based on the Welsh version of the name of the thenvillage president Thomas E. Hill's wife Ellen, preceded by glen, referring to the local geography. The name Glen Ellyn had been adopted by 1889, when village president Hill and businessman Philo Stacy spearheaded a project to create a new lake. The first church, a Congregational church, was built in 1862. Many Protestant churches were built in the village in the years to come. The village's all-volunteer fire department was created in 1907. By the end of the 20th century, it was the last all-Volunteers fire department in DuPage County. Glen Oak Country Club served the Oak Park and Glen Elly communities, and in 1922 the first Glenbard high school was built. Glenbard is now part of the town of Lombard, which was incorporated in 1892. The town's name is derived from the word "glen," which means "glade" or "hill" in Welsh. The word "ellyn" means "lake" in English, "ell" in German and "ella" in Spanish. It is also known as "Ellyn" in the German-speaking community of Ellyn, where it is believed that the name comes from the English word "ella," or "ell," which is "l" for "lake," and "elly" in French. The current village name is "Lombard" and was adopted by the town council in 1889.


The Village of Glen Ellyn is a suburb of Chicago. It lies about 24 miles (39 km) due west of downtown Chicago. According to the 2010 census, the village has a total area of 6.773 square miles (17.54 km²) of which 97.59% is land and 2.41% is water. The village is located on the Illinois Turnpike, which runs from Chicago to Illinois State Line. It has a population of 1,838. The Village ofGlen Ellyn was founded in 1872. It was named after a local family of the same name, who moved to the area in the 19th century. It is one of the oldest villages in the U.S., dating back to the 18th century, when the village was first founded. The current mayor of the village is John McWhorter, who was elected in 1998. The city's population was 1,788 in the 2010 Census, and it has a growth rate of 1.7% per year since the mid-1970s. The town has a history of being heavily affected by the Great Depression, which began in the late 1930s. It also suffered through the Great Recession of the early 1990s, which had a negative impact on the economy. It suffered a population decline of 2.4% from 2008 to 2010. The 2010 Census shows a population increase of 0.3%. The village has an area of 1, 7% (6.61 square miles) and a population loss of 1% (0.42 km²).


As of the 2000 census, there were 26,999 people, 10,207 households, and 7,195 families residing in the village. There were 10,515 housing units at an average density of 1,589.2 per square mile (613.6/km²) The racial makeup of the village was 89.50% White, 2.13% African American, 0.14% Native American, 4.74% Asian, 0,01% Pacific Islander, 1.83% from other races, and 1.66% from two or more races. Hispanic of any race composed 4.72% of the population. According to 2008-2012 estimates published by the U.S. Census Bureau, the median income for a household in theVillage was $90,640, and the median incomes for a family was $123,455. The per capita income for the village is $39,783. A total of 2.4% of those under the age of 18, and 2.0% ofThose 65 and older, were living below the poverty line. The average household size was 2.63 and the average family size was 3.21. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females, there are 95.3 males. For each 100 females age 18 and over,there are 91.2 males. The village has a population of 28,000, and a median age of 37. The population density was 4,080.6 inhabitants per squaremile (1,575.5/ km²).


Glen Ellyn is served by the Metra Union Pacific/West Line. The station is located 22.4 miles (36.0 km) away from Ogilvie Transportation Center, the eastern terminus of the West Line. Pace bus routes 714, 715, and 301 passing through the village on Roosevelt Road. The Illinois Prairie Path bicycle trail bisects the village and the Great Western Trail (Illinois) passes through the northern edge. At the east end of the village, Roosevelt Road provides access onto Interstate 355. The village is located on the Illinois River, which runs through the heart of the downtown business district. It is also home to the Glen Ellyn High School, which was founded in 1881. The Glen Elly High School was founded on the same site in 1883. It was the first high school in the state of Illinois to open in 1882. The high school was the site of the Illinois High School for Girls, which opened in 1884. It has since been the site for several other high schools, including the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the Illinois Institute of Technology. The town is home to a number of cultural institutions, such as the Illinois Museum of Nature and Science, the Illinois Center for the Arts, and the Chicago Children's Museum. It also has a park and nature center, which is located in the center of the town. The city is also the home of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, which has been performing for over 100 years.

Glen Ellyn Park District

Glen Ellyn Park District was established on November 3, 1919 as a government agency for the community of Glen Ellyn. The park district provides more than 700 programs and is open all year round. The district counts with one outdoor aquatic facility Sunset Pool, four recreation buildings, 23 multipurpose parks and playgrounds and two lakes, including Ackerman Sports & Fitness Center and the Lake Ellyn Boathouse. On Fourth of July the park district puts together a firework show in Lake Elly for everyone in the community, also counts with a 4th of July parade that goes around the streets of the historic downtown Glen Elly. The sunset pool offers a variety of events from BBQ's to back to school bashes and special event rentals. It counts with an outdoor, zero depth features as sloping, beach style entry as a well as the sand play area perfect for non-swimming children. The Spring Avenue Recreation Center often referred as "SARC" services as one of the main facilities in the Glen Ellys Park District. The SARC is also host of the Park District's Board of Commissioners meetings. Located behind the SARC facility is a fully enclosed dog park. The MSRC is also home to the offices of Anima - Glen EllYn Children's Chorus. Offering a range of activities for early childhood, youth/adults and seniors, the Spring Avenue Center is the main hub of the Glen Ellie Park District, it counts with surrounding park as a playground, athletic fields, two dance studios, an indoor gymnasium and multi purpose rooms.

Popular culture

Glen Ellyn is the setting for O. T. Nelson's 1975 novel The Girl Who Owned a City. The protagonist, named Lisa Nelson after the author's real daughter, lives in the Lake Ellyn area of the village. The Fox Network's 1991 documentary/reality show Yearbook was filmed At Glenbard West. Glen Ellyn was also used in June 2007 for filming of the movie Witless Protection (2008), featuring Larry the Cable Guy. Episode 4 of Guillermo del Toro's Cabinet of Curiosities, titled The Outside, is set in GlenEllyn. GlenELLY is the home of the fictional character Joe Patroni, the TWA engineer in the novel Airport and played by George Kennedy in the four movies of the Airport franchise. The first reality show on TV was filmed in Glen Elly at GlenbardWest High School. The film Lucas (1986), starring Corey Haim and featuring the film debuts of Winona Ryder, Kevin Cashman, and Courtney Thorne-Smith, was also filmed at Glenellys. GlenEllys was used in the filming of The Godfather: Part II (1990), starring Tom Hanks and Tom Cruise. The town was used as the setting in the film adaptation of The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the Planet of the Apes (1998) and the film The Hobbit: The Desolation of the Great Barrier Reef (1998). The town is also the setting of the TV series The Walking Dead.


The main campus of College of DuPage is located in Glen Ellyn. Among its alumni are the comedian John Belushi and his actor brother James Belushi. The term Glenbard is a blend of Glen Elly and Lombard, a village due east of the city. The city's public schools are part of two school districts. Its high schools are a part of Glenbard Township High School District 87. The town's private schools are also part of the same two districts. It is home to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, which was founded in 1883. It also hosts the U.S. Air Force Academy, which opened in 1988. It was the first major military base in the United States to be located in the state of Illinois. It has also been the site of several military funerals, including the Battle of the Bulge, which took place in the late 1800s. The U.N. has a presence in the town, as well as a number of military bases and military bases in other parts of the state, including Fort McHenry and Fort Worth. The community is also home to several golf courses, including Glenbard Golf Club, which dates back to the early 1900s, and Glenbard Country Club, where the first golf course was built in the early 20th century. The village also has a golf course, Glenbard Lake Golf Course, which is located near the town's center. The Glenbard golf course is one of the most popular in the country, with more than 1,000 members.

Sister cities

Calatayud, Aragón, Spain is a sister city to Le Bouscat, Gironde, France. The city is located in the Pyrenees region of France. CalatayUD is also a twin city to the city of Montpellier, in the Pyrénées-Atlantiques region. The town has a population of more than 1,000,000 and is known as one of the most beautiful cities in France. It is also known as the birthplace of the French composer Jean-Michel Baptiste Hollande, who was born in the town in 17th century. It also has a long-standing association with the town of Mont-Blanc, in France, where he lived for more than 100 years. The name of the town is "Mont Blanc" in French, which means "beautiful mountain" or "mountain" and refers to a region in the north of France where it is popular for its natural beauty. It has also been known as "Mont Saint-Germain" in France and "Mont-Drouot" in the south, where it was founded by the French in the 17th Century. It was the first city in the region to be twinned with another city, Mont-Druot, in 1776. It's also known for its beautiful architecture and is considered to be a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It sits on the banks of the River Seine, which was once a major river.

Air Quality, Water Quality, Superfund Sites & UV Index

The Air Quality index is in Glen Ellyn, DuPage County, Illinois = 63.2. These Air Quality index is based on annual reports from the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The number of ozone alert days is used as an indicator of air quality, as are the amounts of seven pollutants including particulates, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, lead, and volatile organic chemicals. The Water Quality Index is 47. A measure of the quality of an area’s water supply as rated by the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The EPA has a complex method of measuring the watershed quality, using 15 indicators such as pollutants, turbidity, sediments, and toxic discharges. The Superfund Sites Index is 21. Higher is better (100=best). Based upon the number and impact of EPA Superfund pollution sites in the county, including spending on the cleanup efforts. The UV Index in Glen Ellyn = 3.4 and is a measure of an area's exposure to the sun's ultraviolet rays. This is most often a combination of sunny weather, altitude, and latitude. The UV Index has been defined by the WHO ( and is uniform worldwide.


The most recent city population of 28,846 individuals with a median age of 38.6 age the population dropped by -2.97% in Glen Ellyn, DuPage County, Illinois population since 2000 and are distributed over a density of 4,187.26 residents per square mile of area (1,616.73/km²). There are average 2.63 people per household in the 9,901 households with an average household income of $80,584 a year. The unemployment rate in Alabama is 7.30% of the available work force and has dropped -4.36% over the most recent 12-month period and the projected change in job supply over the next decade based on migration patterns, economic growth, and other factors will increase by 23.98%. The number of physicians in Glen Ellyn per 100,000 population = 386.3.


The annual rainfall in Glen Ellyn = 36.3 inches and the annual snowfall = 33 inches. The annual number of days with measurable precipitation (over .01 inch) = 109. The average number of days per year that are predominantly sunny = 191. 86 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily high temperature for the month of July and 14.1 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily low temperature for the month of January. The Comfort Index (higher=better) is 44, where higher values mean a more pleasant climate. The Comfort Index measure recognizes that humidity by itself isn't the problem. (Have you noticed nobody ever complains about the weather being 'cold and humid?) It's in the summertime that we notice the humidity the most, when it's hot and muggy. Our Comfort Index uses a combination of afternoon summer temperature and humidity to closely predict the effect that the humidity will have on people.

Median Home Cost

The percentage of housing units in Glen Ellyn, DuPage County, Illinois which are owned by the occupant = 73.44%. A housing unit is a house, apartment, mobile home, or room occupied as separate living quarters. The average age of homes = 43 years with median home cost = $313,040 and home appreciation of -6.20%. This is the value of the years most recent home sales data. Its important to note that this is not the average (or arithmetic mean). The median home price is the middle value when you arrange all the sales prices of homes from lowest to highest. This is a better indicator than the average, because the median is not changed as much by a few unusually high or low values. The property tax rate of $18.51 shown here is the rate per $1,000 of home value. If for simplification for example the tax rate is $14.00 and the home value is $250,000, the property tax would be $14.00 x ($250,000/1000), or $3500. This is the 'effective' tax rate.


The local school district spends $6,244 per student. There are 17.2 students for each teacher in the school, 547 students for each Librarian and 386 students for each Counselor. 4.99% of the area’s population over the age of 25 with an Associate Degree or other 2-year college degree, 35.89% with a master’s degree, Ph.D. or other advanced college degree and 22.26% with high school diplomas or high school equivalency degrees (GEDs).

  • Glen Ellyn's population in DuPage County, Illinois of 1,885 residents in 1900 has increased 15,3-fold to 28,846 residents after 120 years, according to the official 2020 census.

    Approximately 50.65% female residents and 49.35% male residents live in Glen Ellyn, DuPage County, Illinois.

    As of 2020 in Glen Ellyn, DuPage County, Illinois are married and the remaining 34.11% are single population.

  • 33.5 minutes is the average time that residents in Glen Ellyn require for a one-way commute to work. A long commute can have different effects on health. A Gallup poll in the US found that in terms of mental health, long haul commuters are up to 12 percent more likely to experience worry, and ten percent less likely to feel well rested. The Gallup poll also found that of people who commute 61­–90 minutes each day, a whopping one third complained of neck and back pain, compared to less than a quarter of people who only spend ten minutes getting to work.

    71.57% of the working population which commute to work alone in their car, 6.46% of the working population which commutes to work in a carpool, 11.55% of the population that commutes using mass transit, including bus, light rail, subway, and ferry. 5.62% of the population that has their home as their principal place of work.

  • Of the total residential buildings in Glen Ellyn, DuPage County, Illinois, 73.44% are owner-occupied homes, another 21.69% are rented apartments, and the remaining 4.86% are vacant.

  • The 57.28% of the population in Glen Ellyn, DuPage County, Illinois who identify themselves as belonging to a religion are distributed among the following most diverse religions.

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