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Downers Grove is a village in DuPage County, in the Chicago metro area.
The community was named after Pierce Downer, a New Yorker who settled here in 1832.
[NOTE: This is not the only community in Illinois named Downers Grove. For links to other places called Downers Grove, IL, see the Duplicate Names box at right.]
The latitude of Downers Grove is 41.808N. The longitude is -88.011W.It is in the Central Standard time zone. Elevation is 741 feet.
The estimated population, in 2003, was 49,222.
The Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad was extended from Aurora during the Civil War.
Sections below provide additional information and links about Downers Grove demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the DuPage County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, Chicago area jobs, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 60561 ZIP code.
19% of Downers Grove residents report German ancestry, and 15% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Downers Grove ancestry & family history guide.
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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Downers Grove was $31,580, compared with $21,587 nationally.
46% of Downers Grove residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.
Dates often change. Check with local tourism officials to be sure.
Median rent in Downers Grove, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $718. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $1,523.
Libraries in Downers Grove include Downers Grove Public Library ... View libraries
Newspapers in Downers Grove include Downers Grove-Westmont Reporter-Progress
DuPage County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Downers Grove political report.
Downers Grove restaurants taking online reservations include Emmett's Ale House, Parkers' Ocean Grill ... View restaurants
The average commute time for Downers Grove workers is 29 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.
A total of 5 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Downers Grove between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
This is a rate of 1.0 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.
Downers Grove, ILPros: Downers Grove is located strategiacally with easy access to Chicago by train or by car...
Cons: I cannot think of any negatives living in Downers Grove.
This is a good place to Celebrate with neighbors at community celebrations like the many foot races, international bike races, Heritage Festimal, the Ice Gestival and arts and crafts festivals, parades, and so on!
General info: In the schools there are Great Books for discussion programs, Art Appreciation run by the parental volunteers, an extensive district Science Fair co-sponsored with school and parents, a great YMCA, etc...Blog about Downers Grove
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