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DuPage County, Illinois
Seal of DuPage County, Illinois
Motto: The Magnificent Miles West of Chicago
Map of Illinois highlighting DuPage County
Location in the state of Illinois
Map of the U.S. highlighting Illinois
Illinois's location in the U.S.
Seat Wheaton
Largest city Naperville
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

337 sq mi (873 km²)
334 sq mi (865 km²)
3 sq mi (8 km²), 0.88%
PopulationEst.
 - (2008)
 - Density

930,528
2,784/sq mi (1,075/km²)
Founded 1839
Named for Du Page (French fur trader)
Congressional districts 6th, 13th, 14th
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Warrenvillegrove.jpg
Warrenville Grove Forest Preserve on the West Branch of the DuPage River.
Website www.dupageco.org
Footnotes: [1]

DuPage County is a county located in the U.S. state of Illinois. Its county seat is the city of Wheaton. This county is part of the Chicago metropolitan area. The population estimate by the U.S. Census Bureau for 2008 is 930,528,[2] making it the second most populous county in Illinois after Cook County, which borders it to the north and east; the two counties account for half of the state's population. The county is divided into nine different townships: Addison, Bloomingdale, Downers Grove, Lisle, Milton, Naperville, Wayne, Winfield and York. The majority of DuPage County is in the 630 and 331 area codes. However, the areas of the county that are in the city of Chicago are in area code 773, primarily part of O'Hare International Airport.[3]

Long known as one of the nation's wealthiest counties, DuPage County has transformed itself from a primarily agricultural economy to one rich in many different types of commerce. Today, DuPage County boasts a personal per capita income which is the highest in the state. DuPage County's per capita income is also the highest in the midwest; nineteen of the county's towns have average household incomes of over $100,000.

The most populous municipality within DuPage County is Naperville. The next largest communities are Wheaton and Downers Grove. A small portion of the City of Chicago is located within the county limits; however, this area is primarily commercial and as of recent census estimates, has only 230 residents.

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History

DuPage County was formed in 1839 out of Cook County. The county took its name from the DuPage River, which was, in turn, named after a French fur trapper, DuPage.[4] The first written history to address the name, the 1882 History of DuPage County, Illinois, by Rufus Blanchard, relates:[5]

The DuPage River had, from time immemorial, been a stream well known. It took its name from a French trader who settled on this stream below the fork previous to 1800. Hon. H. W. Blodgett, of Waukegan, informs the writer that J. B. Beaubien had often spoken to him of the old Frenchman, Du Page, whose station was on the bank of the river, down toward its mouth, and stated that the river took its name from him. The county name must have the same origin. Col Gurden S. Hubbard, who came into the country in 1818, informs the writer that the name DuPage, as applied to the river then, was universally known, but the trader for whom it was named lived there before his time. Mr. Beaubien says it is pronounced Du Pazhe (a having the sound of ah, and that the P should be a capital). This was in reply to Mr. Blodgett’s inquiry of him concerning the matter.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 337 sq mi (873 km2), of which, 334 sq mi (865 km2) of it is land and 3 sq mi (7.8 km2) of it is water. The DuPage River and the Salt Creek flow through DuPage County. According to the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County, the highest point in the county is located at the Mallard Lake Landfill, which at its highest point is 982 feet (299 m) above mean sea level.[6]

Adjacent counties

Counties that are adjacent to DuPage include:

Architecture

The 31-story Oakbrook Terrace Tower in Oakbrook Terrace, designed by Helmut Jahn, is the tallest building in Illinois outside of Chicago.[7] The Elmhurst Art Museum is housed in a Mies Van Der Rohe building. There is a Frank Lloyd Wright house in Elmhurst. Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha, a conservative Hindu sect, has built BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir Chicago, a large, intricately carved, marble temple in Bartlett. There are many Sears Catalog Homes in Downers Grove. The Byzantine-style clubhouse of the Medinah Country Club is also an architectural highlight of the county. Lombard is home to over thirty Lustron prefabricated steel homes.[8]

Commerce

DuPage County is the primary location of the Illinois Technology and Research Corridor. It is home to many large corporations, including:

Shopping malls in DuPage County include Oakbrook Center, which is the largest open air mall in the nation, Westfield Fox Valley, Yorktown Center, Town Square Wheaton, and Stratford Square Mall. In addition, many of DuPage County's towns have prosperous and quaint downtown areas, especially in Naperville, Glen Ellyn, Wheaton, Downers Grove and Hinsdale, which are mixed with boutiques, upscale chain stores and restaurants.

Education

Colleges and universities

The College of DuPage, in Glen Ellyn, is one of the largest community colleges in the United States. Wheaton College is one of the most well-known and respected evangelical Christian colleges in the country. Benedictine University, Elmhurst College and North Central College also have long and respected histories in their communities.

Other prominent colleges and universities include: Midwestern University in Downers Grove; National University of Health Sciences and Northern Baptist Theological Seminary in Lombard; the Addison, Naperville and Oak Brook campuses of DeVry University; the Aurora campus of Robert Morris University; the Lisle campus of National-Louis University; the Naperville campuses of DePaul University and Northern Illinois University; the Wheaton campus of Illinois Institute of Technology; and the DuPage campus of Westwood College in Woodridge. Hamburger University, McDonald's global training facility, is located at its corporate headquarters in Oak Brook, on an 80-acre (32 ha) campus.

Secondary

Dupage County is home to many academically and athletically successful public high schools, such as:

Additionally, DuPage County is home to several private high schools, including:

Government and politics

Presidential elections results
Year Republican Democrat
2008 44.3% 182,860 55.1% 217,416
2004 54.4% 218,902 44.8% 180,097
2000 55.2% 201,037 41.9% 152,550
1996 50.7% 164,630 40.0% 129,709
1992 48.1% 178,271 30.9% 114,564
1988 69.4% 217,907 30.0% 94,285
1984 75.7% 227,141 23.8% 71,430
1980 64.0% 182,308 24.2% 68,991
1976 68.8% 175,055 28.3% 72,137
1972 75.0% 172,341 24.8% 57,043
1968 66.6% 124,893 25.9% 48,492
1964 59.9% 98,871 40.1% 66,229
1960 69.5% 101,014 30.4% 44,263

DuPage County government is most infamous for the prosecution and conviction of an innocent man. Rolando Cruz, a Hispanic man from Aurora, Illinois, was indicted and convicted of the murder of 10 year-old Jeanine Nicarico. Cruz spent ten years on death row, but all charges against Cruz were eventually dropped. The murder case was never solved. Seven policemen and State's Attornies ("The DuPage Seven") were charged with 47 counts of perjury and obstruction of justice and framing Cruz. The men were found not guilty. Public outcry over the case eventually resulted in Illinois governor George Ryan instituting a moratorium on the death penalty in Illinois.

DuPage County has long been a stronghold of the Republican Party, and has voted for its presidential candidates without exception from 1960 to 2004. In 2008, however, the county supported Democrat Barack Obama, a resident of Chicago.

Hospitals

DuPage hospitals include: Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield; Edward Hospital in Naperville; Elmhurst Memorial Hospital in Elmhurst; Adventist Hinsdale Hospital in Hinsdale; Advocate Good Samaritan in Downers Grove and Adventist GlenOaks Hospital in Glendale Heights.

Museums

DuPage museums include the DuPage Children's Museum in Naperville, Wheaton College's Billy Graham Center, the Cantigny Estate and First Division Museum on the former estate of Chicago Tribune magnate Robert R. McCormick, the DuPage County Historical Museum, Hinsdale's Graue Mill, Elmhurst's Lizzadro Lapidary Museum, Oak Brook's Mayslake Peabody Estate, Naperville's Naper Settlement, the Elmhurst Art Museum, housed in a Mies Van Der Rohe building[9] and Glen Ellyn's Stacy's Tavern.

Music and theater

DuPage also plays host to a rich, local music scene. Some of the better-known bands to come out of the area include: The Hush Sound; Lucky Boys Confusion; Spitalfield and The Plain White T's.

Oakbrook Terrace's Drury Lane Theatre is an important live theatre in DuPage County. The Tivoli Theatre, one of the first theaters in the United States to be equipped with sound, is still in use in Downers Grove.[10] In addition to showing movies, the Tivoli is home to several local performing arts groups.[11]

Parks, trails, golf courses

A woodland ecosystem in Morton Arboretum.

37.5 sq mi (97.1 km2) of DuPage County consists of forest preserves.[12] DuPage parks include: Lisle's Morton Arboretum; Westmont's Ty Warner Park; Lombard's Lilacia Park and Naperville's Centennial Beach.

In the 1980s, DuPage County also had another major attraction, Ebenezer Floppen Slopper's Wonderful Water slides, which today, stands abandoned and neglected.

The Illinois Prairie Path, a 116-mile (187 km) rail-to-trail multi-use path, runs through the center of DuPage County. It intersects with the Great Western Trail at several points, as well as the Fox River trail at a few points.

DuPage golf courses include: Wheaton's Chicago Golf Club and Cantigny Golf Courses; the Medinah Country Club; Glen Ellyn's Village Links and Glen Oak Country Club; Addison's Oak Meadows; Wood Dale's Maple Meadows; Westmont's Green Meadows; Wheaton's Arrowhead Golf Club; Lisle's River Bend (9 Holes); West Chicago's St. Andrews Golf & Country Club and Winfield's Klein Creek Golf Club.

Religion

DuPage County has several hundred Christian churches. Community Christian Church of Naperville was named the 13th most influential church in the nation by "The Church Report"[13] and College Church of Wheaton was ranked 37th. Other well-known churches include the Wheaton Bible Church and Christ Church of Oak Brook. There is also a large Catholic contingency, led by the Diocese of Joliet and a Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Glendale Heights.

The Theosophical Society of America in Wheaton, the North American headquarters of the Theosophical Society Adyar, provides lectures and classes on Theosophy, meditation, yoga, Eastern and New Age spirituality. Islamic mosques are located in Villa Park, Naperville and Glendale Heights.[14] There are Hindu temples in Bartlett, Bensenville, Bloomingdale, Carol Stream, Itasca and Medinah, and an Arya Samaj center in West Chicago. There is a Nichiren Shōshū Zen Buddhist temple in West Chicago[15] and a Theravada Buddhist Temple, called the Buddha-Dharma Meditation Center, in Willowbrook.[16] There are also Reform synagogues in Lombard and Naperville.

Science

Aerial view of the Tevatron particle accelerator at the Fermilab site.

Fermilab, which has the world's second-highest-energy particle accelerator in the world,[17] is in Batavia, where it straddles the border between Kane and DuPage counties.[18] Argonne National Laboratory, one of the United States government's oldest and largest science and engineering research laboratories,[19] is in unincorporated, southeast DuPage County.[20] Both laboratories conduct tours of their facilities.

Transportation

Aside from the part of O'Hare International Airport that lies in the county[3], DuPage also has many railroads and several small airports, including DuPage Airport. DuPage is served by the Pace bus system.

North-south roads (from west to east) include: Illinois Route 59 (Sutton Road); Illinois Route 53 (Rohlwing Road); Interstate 355 (the North-South Tollway) and Illinois Route 83 (Kingery Highway). East-west roads (from south to north) include: Interstate 55 (Stevenson Expressway); Interstate 88 (East-West Tollway; U.S. Route 34 (Ogden Avenue); Illinois Route 56 (Butterfield Road); Illinois Route 38 (Roosevelt Road); Illinois Route 64 (North Avenue); Army Trail Road; U.S. Route 20 (Lake Street); Illinois Route 19 (Irving Park Road) and the Elgin-O'Hare Expressway, which begins at the Thorndale Ave exit of I-290 and ends on Lake St. (U.S. Rte 20), in Hanover Park.

Demographics

2000 census age pyramid for DuPage County.

As of the 2000 United States Census[2], there were 904,161 people, 325,601 households and 234,432 families residing in the county. The population density was 2,710 inhabitants per square mile (1,050 /km2). There were 335,621 housing units, at an average density of 1,006 inhabitants per square mile (388 /km2). The racial makeup of the county was 84.05% White, 3.05% Black or African American, 0.17% Native American, 7.88% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 3.12% from other races and 1.71% from two or more races. 9.00% of the population is Hispanic or Latino of any race. 17.3% were of German, 11.8% Irish, 11.0% Italian, 9.8% Poles and 5.1% English ancestry according to the Census. 79.3% spoke English, 7.7% Spanish, 1.5% Polish and 1.2% Tagalog as their first language.

There were 325,601 households, out of which 37.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.90% were married couples living together, 7.90% had a female householder with no husband present and 28.00% were non-families. 22.90% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.80% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.73 and the average family size was 3.27.

In the county, the population was spread out with 26.70% under the age of 18, 8.20% from 18 to 24, 32.40% from 25 to 44, 22.80% from 45 to 64 and 9.80% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females, there were 97.20 males. For every 100 females, age 18 and over, there were 94.20 males.

Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1840 3,535
1850 9,290 162.8%
1860 14,701 58.2%
1870 16,685 13.5%
1880 19,161 14.8%
1890 22,551 17.7%
1900 28,196 25.0%
1910 33,432 18.6%
1920 42,120 26.0%
1930 91,998 118.4%
1940 103,480 12.5%
1950 154,599 49.4%
1960 313,459 102.8%
1970 491,882 56.9%
1980 658,835 33.9%
1990 781,666 18.6%
2000 904,161 15.7%
Est. 2008 930,528 2.9%

The median income for a household in the county was $77,441 and the median income for a family was $93,086.[2] Males had a median income of $60,909 versus $41,346 for females. The mean or average income for a family in DuPage County is $121,009, according to the 2005 census. The per capita income for the county was $38,458. About 2.40% of families and 3.60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.90% of those under age 18 and 4.30% of those age 65 or over.[2]

Townships by population

DuPage County has nine townships (listed in order of population, largest to smallest):

See also

References

  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographical Names Information System: DuPage County, Illinois
  2. ^ a b c d "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ a b "DuPage County Map of Communities". Official website. DuPage County. 2008. http://www.co.dupage.il.us/generic.cfm?doc_id=809. Retrieved 2009-04-19. 
  4. ^ Thompson, Richard A.. "The French Connection". History of DuPage County: DuPage Roots. DuPageHistory.org. http://www.dupagehistory.org/dupage_roots/Chapter2.htm. Retrieved 3 January 2009. 
  5. ^ Blanchard, Rufus (1882). "History of DuPage County, Illinois". Illinois Digital Archives. Illinois Secretary of State and State Librarian. http://www.idaillinois.org/u?/npl,1195. Retrieved 2009-01-03. 
  6. ^ Forest Preserve District of DuPage County (2008). "Frequently Asked Questions about Environmental Services". http://www.dupageforest.com/info/envservicesfaq.html. Retrieved 2008-01-09. 
  7. ^ Oakbrook Terrace Tower, Oakbrook Terrace
  8. ^ "Lombard Lustrons". Scott Vargo. http://www.piranhagraphix.com/Lustron/Lombard_Lustrons/lombard_lustrons.htm. Retrieved 2007-10-27. 
  9. ^ Elmhurst Art Museum
  10. ^ Max Grinnell, "Going to the Movies" The Electronic Encyclopedia of Chicago, 2005, Chicago Historical Society
  11. ^ Tivoli Theatre history
  12. ^ Forest Preserve District of DuPage County
  13. ^ ChurchReport.com
  14. ^ Islamic Center of Naperville
  15. ^ Buddhists
  16. ^ http://www.buddhistbmc.org/
  17. ^ "About Fermilab". Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory. 18 March 2004. http://www.fnal.gov/pub/about/faqs/index.html. Retrieved 19 February 2010. 
  18. ^ "County Board District 6 map". DuPage County. 2010. http://www.dupageco.org/cobrd/generic.cfm?doc_id=1100. Retrieved 19 February 2010. 
  19. ^ "About Argonne". Argonne National Laboratory. 2010. http://www.anl.gov/Administration/index.html. Retrieved 19 February 2010. 
  20. ^ "County Board District 3 map". DuPage County. 2010. http://www.dupageco.org/cobrd/generic.cfm?doc_id=1097. Retrieved 19 February 2010. 

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DuPage County, Illinois
Seal of DuPage County, Illinois
Map
File:Map of Illinois highlighting DuPage County.png
Location in the state of Illinois
Map of the USA highlighting Illinois
Illinois's location in the USA
Statistics
Founded 1839
Seat Wheaton
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

 sq mikm²)
 sq mi ( km²)
 sq mi ( km²), 0.88%
wikipedia:Population
 - (2000)
 - Density

904161
Website: www.co.dupage.il.us

CoordinatesImage:Wp_globe_tiny.gif: 41°50′N, 88°06′WLatitude: 41°50′0″N
Longitude: 88°5′60″W

DuPage County is a county located in the U.S. state of Illinois. Its county seat is Wheaton. According to the 2000 census, the population is 904,161, making it the second most populous county in Illinois after Cook County, which borders it to the north and east; the two counties account for half the state's population. As of 2005, the estimated population is around 930,000. This county is part of the Chicago metropolitan area. The county is divided into nine different townships: Downers Grove, Lisle, Naperville, York, Milton, Winfield, Addison, Bloomingdale and Wayne. The majority of DuPage is in the 630 area code; however, the areas of the county that are in the City of Chicago are in area code 773, although the part of the county within Chicago is primarily part of O'Hare International Airport.

The most populous municipality within DuPage County is Naperville. Wheaton and Downers Grove are the next largest communities, respectively. A small portion of the City of Chicago is located within the county limits, however the area is primarily commercial and as of recent census estimates, only has 230 residents.

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Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 872 km² (337 sq mi). 864 km² (334 sq mi) of it is land and 8 km² (3 sq mi) of it (0.88%) is water. The DuPage River and the Salt Creek flow through DuPage County.

Counties that are adjacent to DuPage include:

History

Warrenville Grove Forest Preserve on the West Branch of the DuPage River
DuPage County was formed in 1839 out of Cook County. It is named after the DuPage River, which flows through it. The first written history to address the name, the 1882 History of DuPage County, Illinois relates:
The DuPage River had, from time immemorial, been a stream well known. It took its name from a French trader who settled on this stream below the fork previous to 1800. Hon. H. W. Blodgett, of Waukegan, informs the writer that J. B. Beaubien had often spoken to him of the old Frenchman, Du Page, whose station was on the bank of the river, down toward its mouth, and stated that the river took its name from him. The county name must have the same origin. Col Gurden S. Hubbard, who came into the country in 1818, informs the writer that the name DuPage, as applied to the river then, was universally known, but the trader for whom it was named lived there before his time. Mr. Beaubien says it is pronounced Du Pazhe (a having the sound of ah, and that the P should be a capital). This was in reply to Mr. Blodgett’s inquiry of him concerning the matter.

Notable features

Long known as one of the nation's wealthiest counties, DuPage County has transformed itself from a primarily agricultural economy to one rich in many different types of commerce. Today, DuPage County boasts a personal per capita income which is highest in the state, with Lake County a close second. The county's personal per capita income is the highest in the midwest (of counties with population under 1 million) and 24th highest in the nation. Over twenty of the county's towns have median (single family) house values of over $400,000. The median household income for Dupage county is $66,000[1], approximately 50% higher than the US median household income.

Much of the county has been incorporated into municipalities.[2]

Architecture

The 31-story Oakbrook Terrace Tower in Oakbrook Terrace, designed by Helmut Jahn, is the tallest building in Illinois outside of Chicago[3]. The Elmhurst Art Museum is housed in a Mies Van Der Rohe building. There is a Frank Lloyd Wright house in Elmhurst. BAPS, a conservative Hindu sect, has built a large, intricately carved, marble temple in Bartlett. There are many Sears Catalog Homes in Downers Grove. The Byzantine-style clubhouse of the Medinah Country Club is also an architectural highlight of the county. Lombard is home to over 30 Lustron prefabricated steel homes[4]

Commerce

DuPage County is the primary location of the Illinois Technology and Research Corridor. It is home to many large corporations, including:

Shopping malls in DuPage County include Oakbrook Center, Westfield Fox Valley, Lombard's Yorktown Mall, and Bloomingdale's Stratford Square.

The campus of McDonald's Hamburger University.

Education

DuPage County contains many colleges: Benedictine University, College of DuPage, the Naperville campus of DePaul University, the Addison campus of DeVry University, Elmhurst College, the Wheaton campus of the Illinois Institute of Technology, the Lisle campus of National-Louis University, the National University of Health Sciences (formerly the National College of Chiropractic), the Northern Baptist Theological Seminary, North Central College, Midwestern University, and Wheaton College. McDonald's has a training facility in Oakbrook called Hamburger University.

It is also home to several private high schools, including Montini Catholic High School,Timothy Christian High School, Benet Academy, Wheaton Academy, St. Francis High School, Driscoll Catholic High School, College Preparatory School of America, Marmion Academy, and the Islamic Foundation School. Dupage County is also home to many academically and athletically successful public schools such as Downers Grove South High School, Downers Grove North High School, Glenbard West High School, Naperville North High School, Naperville Central High School, Willowbrook High School, Hinsdale South High School, Hinsdale Central High School, York High School, Wheaton North High School, Wheaton Warrenville South High School and Westmont High School.

Hospitals

Dupage hospitals include: Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield, Elmhurst Memorial Hospital, in Elmhurst, Advocate Good Samaritan in Downers Grove, and Adventist GlenOaks Hospital in Glendale Heights.

Museums

DuPage museums include the DuPage Children's Museum in Naperville, Wheaton College's Billy Graham Center, the Cantigny Estate and War Museum on the former estate of Chicago Tribune magnate Robert R. McCormick, the DuPage County Historical Museum, Hinsdale's Graue Mill, Elmhurst's Lizzadro Lapidary Museum, Oak Brook's Mayslake Peabody Estate, Naperville's Naper Settlement, the Elmhurst Art Museum (housed in a Mies Van Der Rohe building)[5], and Glen Ellyn's Stacy's Tavern.

Music and theater

DuPage also plays host to a rich local music scene. Some of the better-known bands to come out of the area include Material Issue, The Hush Sound, Lucky Boys Confusion, Spitalfield, and The Plain White T's. DuPage County is commemorated in the tongue-in-cheek tribute song, "DuPage Reprazent" by Suburban Murda.[6]

Oakbrook Terrace's Drury Lane Theatre is the most important live theatre in DuPage County.
A woodland ecosystem in Morton Arboretum.

Parks, trails, golf courses

Main article: Forest Preserve District of DuPage County

37.5 square miles of DuPage County (9.0%) consists of forest preserves[7]. DuPage parks include Lisle's Morton Arboretum; Westmont's Ty Warner Park; Lombard's Lilacia Park; and Naperville's Centennial Beach.

The Illinois Prairie Path, a 116-mile rail-to-trail multi-use path runs through the center of DuPage County. It intersects with the Great Western Trail at several points.

DuPage golf courses include Wheaton's Chicago Golf Club, the Medinah Country Club, Glen Ellyn's Village Links and Glen Oak Country Club, Wheaton's Cantigny Golf Course, Addison's Oak Meadows, Wood Dale's Maple Meadows, Westmont's Green Meadows, Lisle's River Bend (9 Holes) and West Chicago's St. Andrew's to name a few.

Religion

DuPage county has hundreds of Christian churches. Community Christian Church of Naperville was named the 13th most influential church in the nation by The Church Report[8], and College Church of Wheaton was ranked #37. Other well-known churches include Wheaton Bible Church and Oakbrook Church of Christ. There is also a large Catholic contingent led by the Diocese of Joliet.

The Theosophical Society in Wheaton provides lectures and classes on Theosophy, meditation, yoga, and on Eastern and New Age spirituality. Islamic mosques are located in Villa Park, Naperville and Glendale Heights[9]. There are Hindu temples in Bartlett, Medinah, Itasca, Bloomingdale, and Aurora. There is a Nichiren Shoshu Zen Buddhist temple in West Chicago[10], and a Theravada Buddhist Temple called Buddha-Dharma Meditation Center in Willowbrook[11]. There are reform synagogues in Lombard and Naperville. There is a Sikh gurdwara in Carol Stream.

Aerial view of the Tevatron particle accelerator at the Fermilab site.

Science

Fermilab, which has the highest-energy particle accelerator in the world,[12] is in Batavia, though Fermilab straddles the border between Kane and DuPage counties.[13] Argonne National Laboratory, one of the United States government's oldest and largest science and engineering research laboratories, is in an unincorporated area in southeast DuPage County.[14] Both laboratories conduct tours of the facilities.

Transportation

See also: List of County Highways in DuPage County, Illinois

Aside from the part of O'Hare International Airport that lies in the county, DuPage has many railroads and several small airports, including DuPage Airport. DuPage is served by the Pace bus system.

North-south roads (from west to east) include Illinois Route 59 (Sutton Road), Illinois Route 53 (Rohlwing Road), Interstate 355 (North-South Tollway), and Illinois Route 83 (Kingery Highway). East-west roads (from south to north) include Interstate 55 (Stevenson Expressway), Interstate 88 (East-West Tollway), U.S. Route 34 (Ogden Avenue), Illinois Route 56 (Butterfield Road), Illinois Route 38 (Roosevelt Road), Illinois Route 64 (North Avenue), Army Trail Road, U.S. Route 20 (Lake Street), Illinois Route 19 (Irving Park Road) and the Elgin-O'Hare Expressway (which begins at the Thorndale Ave exit of I-290 and ends on Lake St. (U.S. Rte 20) in Hanover Park.

Demographics

DuPage County
Population by year

2000 - 904,161
1990 - 781,666
1980 - 658,835
1970 - 491,882
1960 - 313,459
1950 - 154,599
1940 - 103,480
1930 - 91,998
1920 - 42,120
1910 - 33,432
1900 - 28,196
1890 - 22,551
1880 - 19,161
1870 - 16,685
1860 - 14,701
1850 - 9,290
1840 - 3,535

2000 census age pyramid for DuPage County.

As of the census² of 2000, there were 904,161 people, 325,601 households, and 234,432 families residing in the county. The population density was 1,046/km² (2,710/sq mi). There were 335,621 housing units at an average density of 388/km² (1,006/sq mi). The racial makeup of the county was 84.05% White, 3.05% Black or African American, 0.17% Native American, 7.88% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 3.12% from other races, and 1.71% from two or more races. 9.00% of the population is Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 325,601 households out of which 37.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.90% were married couples living together, 7.90% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.00% were non-families. 22.90% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.80% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.73 and the average family size was 3.27.

In the county the population was spread out with 26.70% under the age of 18, 8.20% from 18 to 24, 32.40% from 25 to 44, 22.80% from 45 to 64, and 9.80% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 97.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.20 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $67,887, and the median income for a family was $79,314. Males had a median income of $52,372 versus $35,450 for females. The per capita income for the county was $31,315. About 2.40% of families and 3.60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.90% of those under age 18 and 4.30% of those age 65 or over.

Townships by population

DuPage County has nine townships:

Finance

The Primary revenue sources for DuPage County are Sales and Use tax, user fees, and Property tax. From a consolidated point of view, the three revenue sources are about equal.

Fiscal year 2007 will be the last year of the DuPage Water Commission intergovernmental transfer, meaning that the County budget will lose approximately $15 million in revenue. The County is working with other counties and community groups to offset the loss with a Cigarette Tax, but there is no current legislative authority for such a tax. In order to prepare for the anticipated revenue loss, the county has already started to cut services such as community programs.

Cities and towns


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