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Lisle, Illinois
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Opuntia imbricata (in the foreground) at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle
Official name: Village of Lisle
Motto: "The Arboretum Village"
Country United States
State Illinois
County DuPage
Townships Lisle, Milton
Elevation 676 ft (206 m)
Coordinates 41°47′33″N 88°05′18″W / 41.79250°N 88.08833°W / 41.79250; -88.08833
Area 7.02 sq mi (18 km²)
 - land 6.84 sq mi (18 km²)
 - water 0.18 sq mi (0 km²)
Population 22,687 (2012)
Settled 1832
 - Incorporated June 26, 1956
Government Mayor–council
Mayor Joe Broda
Timezone CST (UTC-6)
 - summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Postal code 60532
Area codes 630, 331

Lisle ( LY-UL) is a village in DuPage County, Illinois, United States. The population was 21,182 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Chicago metropolitan area and the Illinois Technology and Research Corridor. It is also the headquarters of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission Region III.

In July 2007, Lisle was ranked #20 in Money magazine's list of "100 Best Places to Live" and #17 on their 2009 list of the "Best Places for the Rich and Single".


In 1830, Bailey Hobson, a Quaker, was the first settler in what would become DuPage County, Illinois, as well as Lisle Township. The town of Lisle was permanently settled in 1832, by brothers James C. Hatch and Luther A. Hatch after the close of the Black Hawk War. The two brothers acquired land near what is now Ogden Avenue and began a small farming community named "DuPage" or "East DuPage" because, of its proximity to the east branch of the DuPage River. To the west of Hatchs' settlement of Dupage, the largest and oldest community in the region, to become DuPage County, was founded in 1831, on the west branch of the DuPage River, by brothers Joseph and John Naper which, was Naper Settlement, present-day Naperville, Illinois.

Lisle experienced many firsts in the 1830s. In 1832, James C. Hatch set aside some of his land for the first and only community burial ground in the East DuPage Settlement. Today, Lisle Cemetery is one of the oldest registered cemeteries in the state of Illinois. Hatch operated the first wagon and blacksmith shop and began Lisle's infant dairy industry with a creamery. Formed in 1833, the East DuPage Religious Society had a circuit rider preacher with house churches and was the first Christian organization in DuPage County, which later became the First Congregational Church of DuPage in 1842. The first post office was managed by John Thompson in 1834, and the first log schoolhouse was constructed in that same year and later replaced, in 1837, with a frame structure.

DuPage, Illinois, was within the Webster and Naperville Precincts of the newly formed DuPage County in 1839, the county having been formed from western Cook County. In 1849, DuPage County formed its first townships, and the name Lisle was first proposed by early settler Alonzo B. Chatfield of Lisle, New York; the proposal was accepted, creating Lisle Township. The village was incorporated on June 26, 1956, and was also named after Lisle, New York.

Another source says that the town was called DuPage, after the river running through it. There was a town in Will County of the same name, which made the townspeople rename their town Lisle in 1850 after the late S. Lisle Smith of Chicago.

The Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad arrived, in 1864, with the newly constructed depot. In 1874, a fire destroyed the Lisle Station depot, but it was later rebuilt by the CB&Q Railroad. Today, commuter rail service is provided by Metra

On the July 4 2006, Lisle celebrated its 50th birthday by hosting the state's biggest fireworks display.


Lisle is located at 41°47′33″N 88°05′18″W / 41.79250°N 88.08833°W / 41.79250; -88.08833 (41.7924954, -88.0882100). According to the 2010 census, Lisle has a total area of 7.021 square miles (18.18 km2), of which 6.84 square miles (17.72 km2) (or 97.42%) is land and 0.181 square miles (0.47 km2) (or 2.58%) is water. Most of Lisle lies within the watershed of the east branch of the DuPage river.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 48
1960 4,219
1970 5,329 26.3%
1980 13,638 155.9%
1990 19,512 43.1%
2000 21,182 8.6%
2010 22,390 5.7%
Est. 2015 22,964 2.6%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2010, there were 22,390 people, 9,304 households, and 5,444 families residing in the village. The population density was 3,515 people per square mile. The racial makeup of the village was 77.7% White, 5.6% African American, 0.1% Native American, 11.9% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 2.5% from other races, and 2.1% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 7.5% of the population.

There were 9,304 households out of which 26.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.9% were married couples living together, 8.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 41.5% were non-families. The average household size was 2.32 and the average family size was 3.05.

In the village, the population was spread out with 7.1% from ages 15 to 19, 46.6% from 20 to 39, 35.4% from 40 to 64, and 10.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37.2 years. For every 100 females there were 97 males.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau's 2010 estimate, the median household income in the village was $72,440, and the median income for a family was $109,576. The mean household income was $101,560 and the mean family income was $132,948. The per capita income for the village was $42,096. About 3.9% of families and 7.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.6% of those under age 18 and 5.3% of those age 65 or over.

Arts and culture

Points of interest

  • It is home to the Morton Arboretum and the Jurica-Suchy Nature Museum.
  • Location of the Lisle Park District's outdoor museum village, Lisle Station Park.
  • Four Lakes Ski Hill is a facility for skiers and snowboarders in the area.
  • Created by the Chicago Bulls and White Sox, the Bulls/Sox Training Academy runs year-round training programs in baseball, fastpitch softball, and basketball for youths.

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