Hinsdale, Illinois

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Hinsdale is a village in Cook and DuPage counties in the U.S. state of Illinois. Hinsdale is a western suburb of Chicago. The population was 16,816 at the 2010 census, most of whom lived in DuPage County. The town's ZIP code is 60521, which is listed in the top 1% of wealthiest towns in Illinois as well as the sixth-wealthiest ZIP code in the United States among areas with a population of 20,000 or more. The town has a rolling, wooded topography, with a downtown, and is a 22-minute express train ride to downtown Chicago on the Burlington Northern line.

Geography

Hinsdale is located 20 miles (32 km) west of Chicago and is bordered by Western Springs to the east, Clarendon Hills and Westmont to the west, Oak Brook to the north, and Burr Ridge and Willowbrook to the south. It can be reached by highway from Interstate 294 or Interstate 55. The eastern boundary of Hinsdale is I-294, and the western boundary is Route 83. According to the 2010 census, Hinsdale has a total area of 4.633 square miles (12.00 km2), of which 4.6 square miles (11.91 km2) (or 99.29%) is land and 0.033 square miles (0.09 km2) (or 0.71%) is water.

Demographics

As of the census of 2010, 16,816 people lived in Hinsdale. The racial makeup of the village was 90.0% White, 1.3% African American, 0.0% Native American, 6.4% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 0.5% some other race, and 1.7% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.5% of the population.The census recorded 5,488 households in the village, out of which 48.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 73.2% were headed by married couples living together, 6.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 18.0% were non-families. 16.5% of all households were made up of individuals, and 8.5% were someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.03, and the average family size was 3.43.According to the 2010 census, Hinsdale's age distribution amounted to 33.5% under the age of 18, 5.3% from 18 to 24, 17.4% from 25 to 44, 32.3% from 45 to 64, and 11.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41.4 years. For every 100 females, there were 95.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.0 males.The median income for a household in the city was $165,598, and the median income for a family was $170,433. Males had a median income of $161,579 versus $77,292 for females. The per capita income for the city was $78,902. About 2.2% of the population was below the poverty line, including 3.8% of those under age 18 and 0.4% of those age 65 or over.

Housing and architecture

Hinsdale's downtown area is a National Register Historic District. The downtown area is located in the center of town and is remarkably little changed considering the many teardowns that have occurred in town. The village has restaurants, different types of shops, and various services, as well as the train station. The Robbins Park district just east of downtown between Garfield Street and County Line Road, as well as between Hinsdale Avenue and 9th Street, is a National Register Historic District as well. The district includes two of Hinsdale's seven buildings individually listed on the National Register of Historic Places, as well as seven of seventeen Hinsdale Historic Landmarks.The six individual Hinsdale buildings on the National Register of Historic Places are the Orland P. Bassett House at 329 E. Sixth St., the Robert A. and Mary Childs House at 318 S. Garfield Ave., Immanuel Evangelical Church at 302 S. Grant St., the Francis Stuyvesant Peabody House at 8 E. Third St. and the William Whitney House at 142 E. First St.Another significant architectural landmark is the R. Harold Zook Home and Studio, which was originally located at 327 S. Oak Street and was saved from demolition in 2005 by relocation to the Katherine Legge Memorial Park, 5941 S. County Line Road.To address Hinsdale's legacy of important architectural landmarks, the Hinsdale Historical Society runs the Roger & Ruth Anderson Architecture Center, which advocates for the preservation of Hinsdale's historical architecture and serves as an archive and resource.

Government and infrastructure

The village was incorporated on April 1, 1873. Law enforcement is provided by the Hinsdale Police Department. The Hinsdale Fire Department was established in 1893.The community is served by the United States Postal Service Hinsdale Post Office.As of December 2014, the village president is Thomas K. Cauley, Jr. The village trustees are J. Kimberley Angelo, Christopher J. Elder, William N. Haarlow, Gerald J. Hughes, Laura LaPlaca and Bob Saigh.

Transportation

Hinsdale is served by Metra's BNSF Railway Line at three stations: West Hinsdale, Hinsdale, and Highlands. Additionally, Pace operates connecting bus services. Currently, Pace bus lines 663 and 668 serve Hinsdale.

Education

Primary and secondary schools

Community Consolidated School District 181 and the Hinsdale Township High School District 86 serve Hinsdale's youth. The high school district has its headquarters in Hinsdale.The School District 181 elementary schools within Hinsdale include The Lane School, Madison School, Monroe School, and Oak School. Elementary schools in District 181 that are not in Hinsdale include Prospect School, Elm School, and Walker School. Hinsdale Middle School, operated by the elementary school district, is in Hinsdale. Clarendon Hills Middle School, which also is in District 181, is in Clarendon Hills. St Isaac Jogues is a K-8 Catholic Grade School School also located in Hinsdale. Hinsdale Central High School is located in Hinsdale.

Public library

The Hinsdale Public Library is located in the west wing of the Memorial Building. The library opened in August 1893. The Memorial Building, the library's first permanent residence, was completed in 1929. D.K. Pearson, a director of the library association, donated his house and a portion of his estate to the library system; the donation funded a 1957 addition to the library. In 1988 the Memorial Building received an addition on the west side, and the library and the village administration swapped places.

Economy and business

While many Hinsdale residents commute to jobs scattered throughout the Chicago metropolitan area, Hinsdale is also the home of many small and medium-sized businesses. These businesses can be found scattered throughout the entire town. Non-profit organizations such as Hinsdale Historical Society and Hinsdale Humane Society are also based there.

Parks and recreation

The Katherine Legge Memorial Park and Lodge, located on 52 acres (21 ha) of woodland, was donated to the Village of Hinsdale in 1973. The lodge, built in 1927, may be rented for private and corporate events such as banquets, meetings, parties, picnics, receptions, and weddings. The park has a clubhouse with meeting rooms, a football/soccer field, a picnic area, playground apparatus, a scenic open space, a shelter, a frisbee golf course, a sledding hill, and four platform tennis courts.The 3-acre (1.2 ha) Hinsdale Community Swimming Pool is Hinsdale's public pool. The 14.7-acre (5.9 ha) Veeck Park is Hinsdale's skate park and contains a baseball field, 4 soccer/football fields, a playground, an awning for shelter in case it rains, and a sandbox by the playground. The 8.3-acre (3.4 ha) Brook Park has a ball field, a football/soccer field, a playground apparatus, and four tennis courts. The 6.55-acre (2.65 ha) Burns Field has ice skating, a covered picnic area, a playground, bathrooms/warming house, six tennis courts, 2 platform tennis courts, sand volleyball court and basketball court. The 8.82-acre (3.57 ha) Pierce Park has a ball field, a football/soccer field, a picnic area, a playground apparatus, a shelter, and two tennis courts. The 14.50-acre (5.87 ha) Robbins Park has a football/soccer field, a playground apparatus, and two tennis courts. The 2.33-acre (0.94 ha) Stough Park has ice skating, a playground apparatus, and two tennis courts.The 4.04-acre (1.63 ha) Brush Hill Area has scenic open space and a sledding hill. The 1.8-acre (0.73 ha) Burlington Park has scenic open space. The 1.03-acre (0.42 ha) Dietz Park has a playground apparatus. The .91-acre (0.37 ha) Ehret Park has a shelter and scenic open space. The .98-acre (0.40 ha) Eleanor's Park has scenic open space. The 4.02-acre (1.63 ha) Highland Park has scenic open space. The 2.82-acre (1.14 ha) Melin Park has a playground apparatus. The 4.36-acre (1.76 ha) Memorial Building Grounds has scenic open space. The 2.33-acre (0.94 ha) Stough Park has scenic open space. The .89-acre (0.36 ha) Washington Circle has scenic open space. The 1.1-acre (0.45 ha) Woodland Park has scenic open space.

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