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Mount Prospect
Village of Mount Prospect
Village
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Motto: Where friendliness is a way of life
Country United States
State Illinois
County Cook
Township Elk Grove, Wheeling
Coordinates
Area 10.37 sq mi (27 km²)
 - land 10.34 sq mi (27 km²)
 - water 0.03 sq mi (0 km²)
Population 54,771 (2013)
Density 5,310.5 /sq mi (2,050 /km²)
Mayor Arlene A. Juracek
Timezone CST (UTC-6)
 - summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Postal code 60056–60058
Area code 847
Location in Cook County and the state of Illinois.
Location in Cook County and the state of Illinois.
Location of Illinois in the United States
Location of Illinois in the United States
Wikimedia Commons: Mount Prospect, Illinois
Website: www.mountprospect.org

Mount Prospect is a village in Elk Grove and Wheeling Townships in Cook County, Illinois, about 22 miles (35 km) northwest of downtown Chicago. As of the 2010 census, the village had a total population of 54,167.

Geography

Mount Prospect is located at (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.

Climate

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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.

Demographics

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%
Est. 2015 54,747 1.1%
U.S. Decennial Census
2013 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.

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