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Woodridge, Illinois
Village
DuPage County Illinois incorporated and unincorporated areas Woodridge highlighted.svg
Location of Woodridge in DuPage County, Illinois
Official name: Village of Woodridge, Illinois
Country United States
State Illinois
Counties DuPage, Will, Cook
Coordinates
Area 9.58 sq mi (25 km²)
 - land 9.42 sq mi (24 km²)
 - water 0.16 sq mi (0 km²)
Population 32,971 (2010)
Density 3,500.1 /km² (9,065 /sq mi)
Mayor Gina Cunningham
Timezone CST (UTC-6)
 - summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Postal code 60517
Area code 630 and 331
Website: www.vil.woodridge.il.us

Woodridge is a village in Cook, DuPage, and Will counties in the U.S. state of Illinois, and a suburb of Chicago. It uses the 630 and 331 area codes. The population was 32,971 at the 2010 census. Woodridge is the home of the Home Run Inn pizzeria chain and Pabst Brewing Company.

Woodridge was incorporated on August 24, 1959, with less than 500 residents, on a wooded area of high ground overlooking the DuPage River's East Branch. Woodridge is a young community with the vast majority of its homes, businesses, and churches constructed after the 1950s. Woodridge was founded by a housing developer, Albert Kaufman, who was largely responsible for the creation of the village.

In July 2007, Woodridge was ranked No. 61 on Money magazine's "100 Best Places to Live".

Geography

Woodridge is located at (41.744582, −88.043869).

According to the 2010 census, Woodridge has a total area of 9.582 square miles (24.82 km2), of which 9.42 square miles (24.40 km2) (or 98.31%) is land and 0.162 square miles (0.42 km2) (or 1.69%) is water.

Woodridge is bordered by Naperville to the west, Downers Grove to the northeast, Darien to the east, Lemont to the south, Bolingbrook to the southwest, and Lisle to the northwest.

Transportation

Two major interstates run through Woodridge: the Veterans Memorial Tollway (I-355) and the Stevenson Expressway (I-55). The Veterans Memorial Tollway allows access to a variety of western and northwestern Chicago suburbs, while I-55 gives direct access to Chicago to the north and Joliet and downstate Illinois to the south. Other important routes are 75th Street and Illinois Route 53.

An industrial spur for the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad serves International Center, a large industrial area in the far south section. Commuter passenger rail service between Chicago and Aurora can be accessed in nearby Lisle or Downers Grove.

Bus service is provided by Pace, under the coordination of the Regional Transportation Authority.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1960 542
1970 11,028 1,934.7%
1980 21,763 97.3%
1990 26,256 20.6%
2000 30,934 17.8%
2010 32,971 6.6%
Est. 2015 33,370 1.2%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 30,934 people, 11,382 households, and 8,092 families residing in the village. The population density was 3,716.7 people per square mile (1,435.5/km²). There were 11,708 housing units at an average density of 1,406.7 per square mile (543.3/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 66.29% White, 9.38% African American, 0.16% Native American, 11.27% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 3.11% from other races, and 3.14% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 25.18% of the population.

There were 11,382 households out of which 38.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.1% were married couples living together, 10.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.9% were non-families. 23.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 3.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.71 and the average family size was 3.26.

In the village, the population was spread out with 27.3% under the age of 18, 9.2% from 18 to 24, 36.0% from 25 to 44, 22.2% from 45 to 64, and 5.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 99.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.8 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $42,842, and the median income for a family was $73,691. Males had a median income of $39,159 versus $29,475 for females. The per capita income for the village was $21,851. About 5.2% of families and 5.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.5% of those under age 18 and 3.9% of those age 65 or over.

Climate and environment

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Woodridge is in a humid continental climate zone. On average, July is the warmest month, and January is the coldest month. August typically has the most precipitation, and February the least. The record high for Woodridge was 105 °F (40.56 °C) in July 2005, and the record low of −26 °F (−32 °C) was set in January 1985.

Woodridge has been named a "Tree City" by the Arbor Day Foundation for the past 16 years, and a study undertaken in 1996 indicated that village has over 8,000 publicly owned trees.

Recreation

The Woodridge Park District maintains a well distributed group of local parks and open spaces, offering facilities for picnicking as well as sports like baseball, basketball, tennis, soccer, cricket and newly added for 2008, Frisbee golf. The Park District also maintains Cypress Cove water park.

A skate park was added in to Janes Avenue Park. It allows for skateboarders, BMX riders, and inline skaters to skate at their own risk. There is no daily entrance fee. The skate park is open from 10:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m. The park does have lights.

A series of bike paths built by the park district allow cyclists to ride through the town on paved, dedicated paths.

Golf is another popular recreational activity. Village Greens of Woodridge is a Village-owned, 18-hole golf course; Seven Bridges is another Woodridge owned (but not members-only) championship class course. Zigfield Troy is a 9-hole, par 3 course.

Woodridge is home to three multi-screen movie theaters, most notably IMAX at Seven Bridges and Hollywood Boulevard, as well as dining options ranging from fast food to formal banquets.

Woodridge is also located near the renowned Morton Arboretum.


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