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Arlington Heights

Village of Arlington Heights

  •   State: 
    Cook County
    Arlington Heights
      County FIPS: 
    42°5′42″N 87°58′51″W
      Area total: 
    16.64 sq mi (43.09 km²)
      Area land: 
    16.61 sq mi (43.01 km²)
      Area water: 
    0.03 sq mi (0.08 km²)
    702 ft (214 m)
    1887; Incorporated 1887
  •   Latitude: 
      Dman name cbsa: 
    Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI
    Eastern Standard Time (EST) UTC-5:00; Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) UTC-4:00
      ZIP codes: 

    Arlington Heights, Cook County, Illinois, United States

  •   Population: 
      Population density: 
    4,677.87 residents per square mile of area (1,806.10/km²)
      Household income: 
      Unemployment rate: 
  •   Sales taxes: 
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Arlington Heights is a municipality in Cook County with a small portion in Lake County in the U.S. state of Illinois. A suburb of Chicago, it lies about 25 miles (40 km) northwest of the city's downtown. Per the 2010 Census, it is the most populous community in the United States that is incorporated as a "village", and is the 13th most populous municipality in Illinois. The village is also home to the Arlington Heights Memorial Library, which has one of the largest collections of books in the state. It is known for the former Arlington Park Race Track, home of the Arlington Million, a Breeders' Cup. It also hosted the breeders' club, which is known as the Vegas-based Citizenship. It was used for six weeks out of the year as the Potawatomi migrated from their summer encampments to their winter encampments. In 1833, the. Potaw atomi maintained a camp in modern-day Arlington Heights that was used to build a new town. In the late 1700s and early 1800s, the Potwatomi. expanded southwards from their territory in Green Bay and westward from their. territory in Detroit, until they controlled in an L-shaped swath of territory from Green Bay to the Illinois River, and from. the Mississippi River to the Maumee River. The United States was. granted the right to sign the 1833 Treaty of Chicago with the. United States Government, and then resold it for 1.25 dollars per acre.


Arlington Heights is the primary city name, but also Arlington Hts are acceptable city names or spellings. The official name is Village of Arlington Heights. Arlington Heights lies mostly in the western part of Wheeling Township, with territory in adjacent Elk Grove and Palatine townships. The land that is now the Village of Arlington Heights was controlled by the Miami Confederacy (which contained the Illini and Kickapoo tribes) starting in the early 1680s. In 1833, the Potawatomi signed the 1833 Treaty of Chicago with the United States Government. The U.S. Government purchased the land for about 15 cents per acre, and then resold it to white settlers for 1.25 dollars per acre. In 1850, the area had largely changed its ethnic composition, as many German farmers from Saxony had arrived during the 1840s. By the 1870s, the Duntons population had surpassed 1200, however only three of those residents served in the Civil War. One of the survivors, a recently-naturalized Alsatian named Charles Sigwaltian, fought at the Battle of Chickamakees Mountain (names of the Chickamakes and Kennesaw mountains) in 1859. The area was once notable for the absence of groves and trees, but by the late 1850s the area was noted for its truck farms, dairy products as well as vegetables. The name of the village was changed several times before it officially became known as Arlington Heights in 1874. It is now home to the University of Illinois at Wheeling, which was once known as Wheeling College. The town is located on the banks of the Des Plaines River.


Arlington Heights is located at 42°0542N 87°5851W (42.094976, 87.980873).According to the 2021 census gazetteer files, Arlington Heights has a total area of 16.64 square miles (43.10 km²) Of this, 99.81% is land and 0.03% (0.08km²) (or 0.19%) is water. The city is located in the San Francisco Bay Area and the San Diego metropolitan area. It has a population of 1,071,000 (as of the 2011 census). The city's population is expected to rise to 1,084,000 by the end of the decade. It is the most populous city in San Diego County, California, with 1,097,000 residents. It also has the highest population growth rate of any U.S. city in the past 50 years. The town has a high percentage of people living in poverty, and has a low percentage of residents living in the United States. The average household income in the city is $1,074,500 (or about $20,000 per year). The town's population has declined by 1.3% since the early 1990s. It had a population increase of 2.4% from the 1990s to the 2000s, when it had a total of 1.1 million residents. The growth rate has slowed to 0.9% since then.


As of the 2020 census there were 77,676 people, 30,672 households, and 19,988 families residing in the village. There were 33,356 housing units at an average density of 2,005.05 per square mile (774.15/km²) The racial makeup of the village was 78.95% White, 10.77% Asian, 1.63% African American, 0.22% Native American, 2.64% from other races, and 5.76% from two or more races. The village's age distribution consisted of 22.9% under the age of 18, 4.7% from 18 to 24, 24.6% from 25 to 44, 28.4% from 45 to 64 and 19.6%. The median age was 43.4 years. For every 100 females, there were 95.4 males. The median income for a household was $100,221 and $126,753 for a family. The per capita income for the village is $51,340. About 2.6 percent of families and 4.2% of the population were below the poverty line. This table excludes Latinos from the racial categories and assigns them to a separate category. Hispanics/Latinos can be of any race. The US Census treats Hispanic/Latino as an ethnic category. The U.S. Census treats Latinos as a separate ethnic category and excludes them from this table. The table includes a list of the most populous cities in the state.


Arlington Heights has experienced a recent boom in development of condos, restaurants and other businesses. Land and space is now limited in Arlington Heights, business and community development along with community design are key concerns. The Village of Arlington Heights is also instrumental in business, residential and communityDevelopment. The community is served by many fine hotels. According to the Village's 2017 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the top employers in the city are: The University of Texas at Arlington, the University of Maryland at Arlington, and the Texas A&M University at Waco. The city is home to more than 1,000 businesses, many of which are located in the Central Business District or downtown area of the city. The village is also home to several fine hotels, including the Hotel Arlington, which is located at the intersection of I-35 and I-20. The town has a population of more than 6,000 people, making it one of the fastest growing communities in the United States. It is also the second largest city in Texas, after Dallas, with more than 4,000 residents. The population of the Village is more than 2,000, with the majority of residents living in the central business district or downtown areas. It also has more than 3,000 jobs, the highest rate of employment in the U.S. and the second highest rate in the state of Texas. The top employers are the University Of Texas at Arlington and the University of Maryland at St. Mary's.

Arts and culture

From 1964 to 1970, Arlington Heights served as the home to The Cellar. The club was located in an unused warehouse on Davis Street, along the Chicago and Northwestern railroad tracks. It hosted a wealth of regional bands and repeat performers, such as The Shadows of Knight, The Mauds, H. P. Lovecraft, and Ted Nugent. It also hosted a significant array of national and international rock bands as well, including The Who, The Byrds, Buffalo Springfield, Cream, and The Spencer Davis Group.Entertainment venues include the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre in downtown Arlington Heights, which opened in 1999. The facility includes a 350-seat theatre, ballroom and classrooms for music and theatre. Music venue Hey Nonny opened in 2018. Notable landmarks and establishments include Lake Arlington, Mitsuwa Marketplace, and the Chicago Cubs' O'Hare International Airport training ground, which is located in Arlington Heights. It is also home to the Chicago Children's Museum, which includes a museum of Chicago history and art, as well as the Chicago Museum of Ice and Science, which dates back to the 19th century. It was also the home of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, which played a major role in the development of the city's parks and public spaces, including the Chicago Opera House, the Chicago Lawn, the Illinois Science Center and the Illinois Institute of Technology. It's also known as the birthplace of jazz, having been established in 1875. It has been home to a number of cultural institutions, including Chicago's Art Institute and Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry, which was established in 1903.

Parks and Recreation

Parks and Recreation is's weekly, offbeat look at what's going on in the news. This week, we look at a day in the life of a local park. We'll also look at some of the best parks in the U.S. and around the world. For more, go to and recreational parks and recreation for the weekly Newsquiz. To test your knowledge of parks and recreation, visit or call the National Park Service at 1-800-273-8255. For confidential support on suicide matters call the Samaritans on 08457 90 90 90 or visit a local Samaritans branch, see for details. For support in the United States, call theNational Suicide Prevention Line on 1- 800-273 8255 or visit


Public elementary schools and middle schools that serve most of the city are operated by Arlington Heights School District 25. There is one public high school in the city, John Hersey High School. There are also several private schools in Arlington Heights, such as St. Viator High School, Our Lady of Wayside School, St. James School, and St. Peter Lutheran School. Chicago Futabakai Japanese School, which offers day classes for Japanese students as well as weekend supplemental instruction, is located in Arlington heights, in a former middle school. It moved there from Niles in 1998. The city is served by Township High School District 214, which operates four high schools: Buffalo Grove, Prospect, Rolling Meadows, and Wheeling. It is also served by Palatine High School (Palatine, Illinois), which was founded in 1922 and is now the private Christian Liberty Academy. It was the original high school for Arlington Heights in 1922, but was closed in 1984, and now serves as the administration center for the district. In the 1960s to the 1980s, there were three public high schools in the community: Hersey, Arlington High School and Forest View High School; Forest View was also closed in 1986. Today Arlington Heights high school students attend Rolling Meadows High School, Prospect High school, John Shesey High school and Buffalo Grove High School with small portions attending Wheeling High. High School students attend Wheeling, Elk Grove, and Palatina High School in Township High school District 211.

Public library

The Arlington Heights Memorial Library is the public library in the village. For seven consecutive years, the library received a 5-star rating in Library Journal's national rating of public libraries. The library has books, magazines, CDs, DVDs and books on CD in 17 different languages. The bookmobile stops in 29 Arlington Heights neighborhoods, delivering books, DVDs, and music. Village residents who are temporarily or permanently homebound due to an illness or physical disability may have library items brought to their homes through the Library Visitor Program. Ten summer volunteer squads attracted more than 250 students in 7th through 12th grade to learn life skills and teamwork. The literacy office at the library has eight computers with software to improve English skills, conversation programs and adult basic reading books. It also offers free literacy and ESL classes in cooperation with Township High School District 214. It is one of 21 libraries in the United States to earn five stars for the past seven years. It maintains the Arlington Heights Community Information web site. Computers are available for public use, and library card holders can also check out a laptop to use within the library. Wifi is available throughout the library, and the library also maintains a reading room and computer room at the senior center. There is live homework help available for students in grades 412 on the library's web site through It has seven book discussion clubs, and two more at the Arlington Height Senior Center in addition to a film discussion group. The Library meets other special needs as well.

Air Quality, Water Quality, Superfund Sites & UV Index

The Air Quality index is in Arlington Heights, Cook County, Illinois = 6.8. These Air Quality index is based on annual reports from the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The number of ozone alert days is used as an indicator of air quality, as are the amounts of seven pollutants including particulates, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, lead, and volatile organic chemicals. The Water Quality Index is 31. A measure of the quality of an area’s water supply as rated by the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The EPA has a complex method of measuring the watershed quality, using 15 indicators such as pollutants, turbidity, sediments, and toxic discharges. The Superfund Sites Index is 10. Higher is better (100=best). Based upon the number and impact of EPA Superfund pollution sites in the county, including spending on the cleanup efforts. The UV Index in Arlington Heights = 3.6 and is a measure of an area's exposure to the sun's ultraviolet rays. This is most often a combination of sunny weather, altitude, and latitude. The UV Index has been defined by the WHO ( and is uniform worldwide.


The most recent city population of 77,676 individuals with a median age of 42.1 age the population dropped by -4.41% in Arlington Heights, Cook County, Illinois population since 2000 and are distributed over a density of 4,677.87 residents per square mile of area (1,806.10/km²). There are average 2.41 people per household in the 29,713 households with an average household income of $77,116 a year. The unemployment rate in Alabama is 8.00% of the available work force and has dropped -4.37% over the most recent 12-month period and the projected change in job supply over the next decade based on migration patterns, economic growth, and other factors will increase by 23.26%. The number of physicians in Arlington Heights per 100,000 population = 255.4.


The annual rainfall in Arlington Heights = 32 inches and the annual snowfall = 23.5 inches. The annual number of days with measurable precipitation (over .01 inch) = 109. The average number of days per year that are predominantly sunny = 185. 83 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily high temperature for the month of July and 10.8 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily low temperature for the month of January. The Comfort Index (higher=better) is 46, where higher values mean a more pleasant climate. The Comfort Index measure recognizes that humidity by itself isn't the problem. (Have you noticed nobody ever complains about the weather being 'cold and humid?) It's in the summertime that we notice the humidity the most, when it's hot and muggy. Our Comfort Index uses a combination of afternoon summer temperature and humidity to closely predict the effect that the humidity will have on people.

Median Home Cost

The percentage of housing units in Arlington Heights, Cook County, Illinois which are owned by the occupant = 72.82%. A housing unit is a house, apartment, mobile home, or room occupied as separate living quarters. The average age of homes = 37 years with median home cost = $255,920 and home appreciation of -16.55%. This is the value of the years most recent home sales data. Its important to note that this is not the average (or arithmetic mean). The median home price is the middle value when you arrange all the sales prices of homes from lowest to highest. This is a better indicator than the average, because the median is not changed as much by a few unusually high or low values. The property tax rate of $16.10 shown here is the rate per $1,000 of home value. If for simplification for example the tax rate is $14.00 and the home value is $250,000, the property tax would be $14.00 x ($250,000/1000), or $3500. This is the 'effective' tax rate.


The local school district spends $6,661 per student. There are 16.5 students for each teacher in the school, 813 students for each Librarian and 405 students for each Counselor. 5.63% of the area’s population over the age of 25 with an Associate Degree or other 2-year college degree, 29.89% with a master’s degree, Ph.D. or other advanced college degree and 16.17% with high school diplomas or high school equivalency degrees (GEDs).

  • Arlington Heights's population in Cook County, Illinois of 1,380 residents in 1900 has increased 56,29-fold to 77,676 residents after 120 years, according to the official 2020 census.

    Approximately 51.62% female residents and 48.38% male residents live in Arlington Heights, Cook County, Illinois.

    As of 2020 in Arlington Heights, Cook County, Illinois are married and the remaining 37.29% are single population.

  • 31.6 minutes is the average time that residents in Arlington Heights require for a one-way commute to work. A long commute can have different effects on health. A Gallup poll in the US found that in terms of mental health, long haul commuters are up to 12 percent more likely to experience worry, and ten percent less likely to feel well rested. The Gallup poll also found that of people who commute 61­–90 minutes each day, a whopping one third complained of neck and back pain, compared to less than a quarter of people who only spend ten minutes getting to work.

    79.90% of the working population which commute to work alone in their car, 5.94% of the working population which commutes to work in a carpool, 7.75% of the population that commutes using mass transit, including bus, light rail, subway, and ferry. 3.62% of the population that has their home as their principal place of work.

  • Of the total residential buildings in Arlington Heights, Cook County, Illinois, 72.82% are owner-occupied homes, another 22.43% are rented apartments, and the remaining 4.75% are vacant.

  • The 56.06% of the population in Arlington Heights, Cook County, Illinois who identify themselves as belonging to a religion are distributed among the following most diverse religions.

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