Area Demographics

West Chicago is a diverse, family-oriented community with a rich cultural mix and proud heritage. It is the first Illinois community established by the railroads and continues to be a convenient transportation hub served by two major rail lines, one of Illinois busiest airports and three state highways.

The original settlers were primarily English and Irish, with Germans arriving in the 1860s and Mexican immigrants by the 1910s. The city today, which now has a population of 27,447, continues to attract business and residential development that contributes to the culturally diverse community that exists today.

Demographics and Key Facts

Population: 27,447 as of the 2015 Census estimate

Demographics (as of the 2010 Census):

White - 67.6%

Asian – 5.9%

Hispanic or Latino - 51.1%

Black - 2.5%

Median Age: 31.6 (ESRI 2015)

Median Household Income: $69,252 (via 2010-2014 ACS)

Housing Value: $226,500 (via 2010-2014 ACS)

Average Contract Rent: $784 (via 2010-2014 ACS)

Total Housing Units: 7,763 (via 2010-2014 ACS)

Size in Square Miles: 14.80 (2010)

Persons per Square Mile: 1,830.4 (2010)

Distance from Chicago: Approximately 35 miles

More Demographic Information:

U.S. Census Bureau Quick Facts – West Chicago, IL


Data from the 2010 Census. (Please note: The Census Bureau collects race data according to U.S. Office of Management and Budget guidelines, and these data are based on self-identification. People may choose to report more than one race group. People of any race may be of any ethnic origin.)