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Westchester, Illinois
Village of Westchester
Country United States
State Illinois
County Cook
Coordinates 41°51′14″N 87°53′1″W / 41.85389°N 87.88361°W / 41.85389; -87.88361
Area 3.69 sq mi (10 km²)
 - land 3.69 sq mi (10 km²)
 - water 0.00 sq mi (0 km²)
Population 16,718 (2010)
Density 4,530.6 /sq mi (1,749 /km²)
Founded 1926
Government Village
Mayor Sam D. Pulia is the current Village President
Timezone CST (UTC-6)
 - summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Postal code 60154
Area code 708

Westchester is a village in Cook County, Illinois, United States. It is a western suburb of Chicago. The population was 16,718 at the 2010 census. The current Village President is Sam D. Pulia.


The area now known as Westchester was occupied by German farmers dating back to the mid-19th century. Samuel Insull purchased the land in 1924 with plans to recreate an English-style town. As a result, the town's name and the majority of its street names are of English origin.

The Great Depression slowed construction in the ensuing decade, although the population continued to grow, largely aided by the presence of the western terminal of Chicago's rapid transit line. The extension of the line was removed in 1951. However, the Interstate Highway System's creation in 1956 led to the construction of nearby expressways I-290 and I-294, providing residents with convenient travel.

Expansion has consumed nearly all open land within the village, save for the 85-acre (340,000 m2) Wolf Road Prairie. It is the largest black-soil prairie remnant east of the Mississippi River.


Westchester is located at 41°51′14″N 87°53′1″W / 41.85389°N 87.88361°W / 41.85389; -87.88361 (41.853890, -87.883712).

According to the 2010 census, Westchester has a total area of 3.69 square miles (9.56 km2), all land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1930 358
1940 621 73.5%
1950 4,308 593.7%
1960 18,092 320.0%
1970 20,033 10.7%
1980 17,730 −11.5%
1990 17,301 −2.4%
2000 16,824 −2.8%
2010 16,718 −0.6%
Est. 2015 16,729 0.1%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 16,824 people, 7,015 households, and 4,924 families residing in the village. The population density was 5,265.2 people per square mile (2,029.9/km²). There were 7,123 housing units at an average density of 2,229.2 per square mile (859.4/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 86.15% White, 7.20% African American, 0.07% Native American, 3.44% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 1.99% from other races, and 1.15% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.68% of the population.

The top five ancestries reported in Westchester as of the 2000 census were Italian (20.9%), German (19.9%), Irish (17.1%), Polish (15.0%) and Czech (8.7%).

There were 7,015 households out of which 22.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.3% were married couples living together, 9.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.8% were non-families. Of all households 26.5% were made up of individuals and 15.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.38 and the average family size was 2.88.

In the village, the population was spread out with 18.6% under the age of 18, 4.8% from 18 to 24, 26.8% from 25 to 44, 24.5% from 45 to 64, and 25.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 45 years. For every 100 females there were 87.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.8 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $58,928, and the median income for a family was $70,313. Males had a median income of $48,737 versus $36,921 for females. The per capita income for the village was $29,634. About 1.0% of families and 2.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.4% of those under age 18 and 3.2% of those age 65 or over.

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