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Bensenville
Village
Official name: Village of Bensenville
Motto: Gateway to Opportunity
Country United States
State Illinois
County DuPage, Cook
Township Addison Township
Coordinates
Area 5.62 sq mi (15 km²)
 - land 5.57 sq mi (14 km²)
 - water 0.05 sq mi (0 km²)
Population 18,352 (2010)
Density 3,296.6 /sq mi (1,273 /km²)
Founded 1884
Government President-Trustee
Village President Frank Soto
Timezone CST (UTC-6)
 - summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Postal code 60106
Area code 630
Location in DuPage County and the state of Illinois.
Location in DuPage County and the state of Illinois.
Wikimedia Commons: Bensenville, Illinois
Website: http://www.bensenville.il.us/

Bensenville is a village located in DuPage County, Illinois, with a portion of the town near O'Hare International Airport in Cook County, officially belonging to the City of Chicago. As of the 2010 census, the village population was 18,352.

First known as Tioga, it was formally established as Bensenville in 1873 along the Milwaukee Road railway. The community is named after Benzen, Germany. A post office was established in 1873, but because there was an existing "Benson", the suffix "ville" was added.

The Edge Ice Arena is located in Bensenville, former home of the Chicago Steel junior ice hockey team.

The Churchville School in Bensenville is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Geography

According to the 2010 census, Bensenville has a total area of 5.618 square miles (14.55 km2), of which 5.57 square miles (14.43 km2) (or 99.15%) is land and 0.048 square miles (0.12 km2) (or 0.85%) is water.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 136
1890 295 116.9%
1900 374 26.8%
1910 443 18.4%
1920 650 46.7%
1930 1,680 158.5%
1940 1,869 11.3%
1950 3,754 100.9%
1960 9,141 143.5%
1970 12,956 41.7%
1980 16,106 24.3%
1990 17,767 10.3%
2000 20,703 16.5%
2010 18,352 −11.4%
Est. 2015 18,440 0.5%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2010, there were 18,352 people residing in the village. The population density was 3,296.6 people per square mile (5,305.3/km²). There were 6,743 housing units. The racial makeup of the village was 67.3% White, 3.5% African American, 1.0% Native American, 4.8% Asian, and 3.0% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 47.8% of the population.

There were 6,312 households out of which 36.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.4% were married couples living together, 11% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33% were non-families. 26.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.89 and the average family size was 3.50.

In the village, the population was spread out with 24.5% under the age of 18, 7.4% from 20 to 24, 30.6% from 25 to 44, 23.9% from 45 to 64, and 10.9% who were over 65 years of age. The median age was 33.4 years.

The median income for a household in the village was $52,500 and the median income for a family was $55,500. About 15.4% of families and 15.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 24.1% of those under age 18 and 13.8% of those over age 65.

Transportation

Midwest Hiawatha 1943
The "Midwest Hiawatha" traveling through Bensenville, 1943

Bensenville has a station on Metra's Milwaukee District/West Line, which provides daily rail service between Elgin and Chicago (at Union Station). From there, passengers can connect to an Amtrak train.

In popular culture

Bensenville is the site of Victory Auto Wreckers, a 7-acre (2.8 ha) junkyard on Green Street which has repeatedly aired the same commercial, starring Bob Zajdel, on Chicago television stations since 1981.

Part of the movie Flatliners was filmed at the old green house that was next to Black Hawk Junior High School in 1990.

The Spilotro brothers were executed in a basement in Bensenville and buried in a cornfield in Indiana as depicted in the movie Casino which depicts the corruption at the Stardust Hotel in Las Vegas. Joe Pesci portrayed one of the Spilotro brothers.

In the television series Boss, a multiepisode story arc involves the main character, Mayor of Chicago Tom Kane (Kelsey Grammer), being damaged by a scandal in which he authorized the dumping of carcinogenic chemicals that soak into the groundwater of Bensenville.

The Christian metalcore band Gwen Stacy recorded the video for their single "The First Words" in an abandoned neighborhood in Bensenville.

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