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Harwood Heights
Village of Harwood Heights
The Mont Clare at Harlem Avenue, formerly known as Parkway Towers
The Mont Clare at Harlem Avenue, formerly known as Parkway Towers
A small town of big opportunities
Location of Harwood Heights in Cook County, Illinois.
Location of Harwood Heights in Cook County, Illinois.
Location of Illinois in the United States
Location of Illinois in the United States
Country United States
State Illinois
County Cook
Township Norwood Park
 • Total 0.82 sq mi (2.14 km2)
 • Land 0.82 sq mi (2.14 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
 • Total 9,065
 • Density 10,987.88/sq mi (4,243.39/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP Code(s)
Area code(s) 708
FIPS code 17-33435

Harwood Heights is a village in Cook County, Illinois, United States. The population was 8,612 at the 2010 census. Harwood Heights and its neighbor Norridge form an enclave surrounded by the City of Chicago.


Harwood Heights is located at 41°57′58″N 87°48′20″W / 41.96611°N 87.80556°W / 41.96611; -87.80556 (41.966172, -87.805576).

According to the 2010 census, Harwood Heights has a total area of 0.82 square miles (2.12 km2), all land.

Harwood Heights is surrounded by Chicago and Norridge.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1950 655
1960 5,688 768.4%
1970 9,060 59.3%
1980 8,228 −9.2%
1990 7,680 −6.7%
2000 8,297 8.0%
2010 8,612 3.8%
2020 9,065 5.3%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 8,297 people, 3,505 households, and 2,183 families residing in the village. The population density was 10,094.4 people per square mile (3,906.7/km2). There were 3,606 housing units at an average density of 4,387.2 per square mile (1,697.9/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 92.13% White, 0.31% African American, 0.24% Native American, 4.42% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 1.54% from other races, and 1.33% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.83% of the population.

Based on United States Census data, Harwood Heights is listed as an Illinois community with a significant number of Polish Americans, at 32.5%. Among communities in the United States with populations of 500 or more, Harwood Heights has the second highest percentage of residents born in Poland (18.8%). It also has the seventh highest percentage of residents born in Italy among communities in the United States (4.9%).

There were 3,505 households, out of which 23.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.3% were married couples living together, 10.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.7% were non-families. 33.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 16.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.37 and the average family size was 3.06.

In the village, the population was spread out, with 18.5% under the age of 18, 7.5% from 18 to 24, 28.1% from 25 to 44, 25.3% from 45 to 64, and 20.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females, there were 88.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.6 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $43,288, and the median income for a family was $52,169. Males had a median income of $40,329 versus $29,552 for females. The per capita income for the village was $22,558. About 4.0% of families and 4.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.1% of those under age 18 and 10.9% of those age 65 or over.

Local culture and media

Local media include Norridge's Ridgewood High School's radio and television stations: 89.7 WRHS-FM Norridge, 88.1 WRWX-FM/WXMS Harwood Heights, and WRHS Cable Channel 19.

Ridgemoor Country Club is located on Gunnison Avenue and is one of the oldest Chicago area golf clubs originating in 1904. In 1942 the U.S. Open Golf Tournament was cancelled because of World War II and as a replacement the Chicago District Golf Association and the PGA sponsored a tournament called The Hale America National Open Golf Tournament. The tournament was won by Ben Hogan and raised over $ 20,000 for the Navy Relief Society and the U.S.O.

Sister cities

Harwood Heights is twinned with two cities: Rocchetta a Volturno, Italy, and Dzierżoniów, Poland.


Public schools

Three elementary school districts serve Harwood Heights:

  • Pennoyer Elementary School District 79
  • Norridge School District 80
  • Union Ridge School District 86

Two high school districts serve Harwood Heights:

  • Maine Township High School District 207 (Maine South High School)
  • Ridgewood High School

Colleges and universities

Triton Junior College serves Harwood Heights.


Eisenhower Public Library District serves Harwood Heights and Norridge.

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