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Village of Mount Prospect
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Location of Mount Prospect in Cook County, Illinois.
Location of Mount Prospect 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 Elk Grove, Wheeling
 • Total 10.76 sq mi (27.86 km2)
 • Land 10.72 sq mi (27.76 km2)
 • Water 0.04 sq mi (0.10 km2)
 • Total 56,852
 • Density 5,303.85/sq mi (2,047.82/km2)
Time zone UTC−6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−5 (CDT)
ZIP Code(s)
Area code(s) 847
FIPS code 17-51089
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Mount Prospect is a village in Elk Grove and Wheeling Townships in Cook County, Illinois, about 20 miles (32 km) northwest of downtown Chicago, and approximately 4 miles north of O'Hare International Airport. As of the 2020 census, the village had a total population of 56,852.


Mount Prospect is located at 42°3′56″N 87°56′10″W / 42.06556°N 87.93611°W / 42.06556; -87.93611 (42.065427, -87.936217).

According to the 2010 census, Mount Prospect has a total area of 10.374 square miles (26.87 km2), of which 10.34 square miles (26.78 km2) (or 99.67%) is land and 0.034 square miles (0.09 km2) (or 0.33%) is water. At 665 feet above sea level, Mount Prospect is a high point in the immediate area.


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According to the Köppen climate classification system, Mount Prospect lies within the Humid continental climate zone (or Dfa) in the warm summer type. The village experiences warm to hot and humid summers and frigid, snowy winters. The village lies within U.S.D.A Hardiness zone 5b, along the fringe of zone 6a.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1920 349
1930 1,225 251.0%
1940 1,720 40.4%
1950 4,009 133.1%
1960 18,906 371.6%
1970 34,995 85.1%
1980 52,634 50.4%
1990 53,170 1.0%
2000 56,265 5.8%
2010 54,167 −3.7%
2020 56,852 5.0%
U.S. Decennial Census
2018 Estimate

As of the census of 2010, there were 54,167 people, 21,836 housing units, and 14,544 families residing in the city. The population density was 5,310.5 people per square mile (2,050.4/km2) and the housing unit density was 2,140.8 per square mile (826.6/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 77% White, 11.7% Asian, 2.4% Black, 0.4% Native American, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 6.5% from other races, and 2% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 15.5% of the population.

Out of the 21,836 housing units, 32.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.3% were married couples living together, 8.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.3% were non-families. 24.9% of all households were made up of individuals, and 12.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.63 and the average family size was 3.15.

In the village, the population was spread out, with 25% age of 19 and under, 12% from 20 to 29, 14% from 30 to 39, 14% from 40 to 49, 14% from 50 to 59, and 21% who were 60 years of age or older. The median age was 39.7 years. The population consisted of 49.3% males and 50.7% females.

A census survey conducted between 2005 and 2007 estimate the current median income for a family to be $81,574. Males had a median income of $44,585 versus $32,218 for females. The per capita income for the village was $26,464. About 3.1% of families and 4.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.2% of those under age 18 and 3.7% of those age 65 or over.

In 2008, Mount Prospect was voted the best city in which to raise children.

Places of interest

  • Mount Prospect Public Library
  • Randhurst Village
  • Mount Prospect Village Hall

In popular culture

  • In the 1980 movie, The Blues Brothers (set in Chicago and vicinity), the car the Blues Brothers ride in is described as being bought at auction from the Mount Prospect Police Department.


Companies based in Mount Prospect include Cummins Allison, NTN USA and Rauland-Borg.

The former United Airlines headquarters in Elk Grove Township was annexed into Mount Prospect in the 2010s.

Top employers

According to the Village's 2017 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the top employers in the city are:

# Employer # of Employees
1 CVS Caremark 1,445
2 Robert Bosch Tool Corporation 650
3 Cummins-Allison Corporation 391
4 Village of Mount Prospect 380
5 Rauland-Borg 300
6 Mount Prospect School District 57 293
7 Carson Pirie Scott 291
8 Jewel-Osco Food Stores 280
9 Rainbow Hospice & Palliative Care 240
10 Prospect High School 220


Prospect High School, IL
Prospect High School

Mount Prospect has a number of award-winning school districts. It has multiple districts that serve the village. Central Mount Prospect is served by Mount Prospect School District 57. North (and somewhat east) Mount Prospect is served by River Trails School District 26. South (and somewhat west) Mount Prospect is served by Elk Grove Community Consolidated School District 59. A very small portion of northern Mount Prospect in its northernmost point is served by Buffalo Grove-Wheeling Community Consolidated District 21. A small part of north central Mount Prospect is also served by Arlington Heights School District 25. A small part of northwest Mount Prospect is served by Prospect Heights School District 23.

Township High School District 214 serves all of Mount Prospect; the town is served by multiple High Schools. Small numbers of students attend Elk Grove High School and Buffalo Grove High School. Prospect High School is the only one located within the village. The two Catholic parochial schools (K-8) located within Mount Prospect are St. Raymond and St. Emily.

The schools that service Mount Prospect are:


  • Mount Prospect Public Library

Notable people

  • John Ankerberg, Christian evangelist.
  • Bruce Boxleitner, actor and science-fiction writer, best known for roles in TV series Babylon 5 and Scarecrow and Mrs. King and films Tron and Tron: Legacy; attended Prospect High School
  • Ian Brennan, co-creator of Glee and Scream Queens; Prospect High School alumni
  • Lee DeWyze, winner of American Idol Season 9; attended Prospect High School
  • Thomas C. Kelly, drummer for theChicago Bears & FayRay ; attended Prospect High School
  • Brian Gregory, men's basketball coach at University of South Florida, Dayton and Georgia Tech; born in Mount Prospect
  • Terry Moran, ABC News Senior National Correspondent; grew up in Mount Prospect and Barrington Hills.
  • Dave Kingman, 3-time MLB All-Star outfielder for Chicago Cubs, San Francisco Giants, New York Mets; attended Prospect High School
  • Tom Lundstedt, baseball player, (Chicago Cubs, Minnesota Twins); attended Prospect High School
  • Phil Masi, baseball player (Boston Braves, Chicago White Sox); died in Mount Prospect
  • Timothy Miller, director of PR, Columbus Crew SC; attended St. Raymond School
  • Jennifer Morrison, actress (House, Once Upon a Time, Star Trek Into Darkness); attended Prospect High School
  • Anson Mount, actor
  • Pari Pantazopoulos, professional soccer player (Chicago Fire); attended Prospect High School
  • Ed Paschke, highly acclaimed artist, a leader in the Chicago Imagist style; attended Arlington High School
  • John Ratcliffe (American politician), former U.S. Director of National Intelligence
  • David J. Regner, Illinois state legislator and businessman; lived in Mount Prospect
  • Beth Walker, Justice of the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, born in Mount Prospect
  • Ben Weasel, lead singer and guitarist of band Screeching Weasel
  • Karen Zambos, clothing designer; attended Wheeling High School
  • David Kendziera, US Olympic athlete in the 400m hurdles

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