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Wilmette (Illinois)
Location in Illinois
Basic data
Foundation : 1872
State : United States
State : Illinois
County : Cook County
Coordinates : 42 ° 5 ′  N , 87 ° 43 ′  W Coordinates: 42 ° 5 ′  N , 87 ° 43 ′  W
Time zone : Central ( UTC − 6 / −5 )
Inhabitants :
Metropolitan Area :
27,087 (status: 2010)
9,443,356 (status: 2005)
Population density : 2,083.6 inhabitants per km 2
Area : 14.0 km 2  (approx. 5 mi 2 ) of
which 13.0 km 2  (approx. 5 mi 2 ) are land
Height : 194 m
Postal code : 60091
Area code : +1 847, 224
FIPS : 17-82075
GNIS ID : 421276
Website : www.wilmette.com
Mayor : Christopher S. Canning (President)
Wilmette IL 2009 reference map.gif
Wilmette with neighboring communities
Village sign of Wilmette

Wilmette in a community in Cook County in the northeast of the US -amerikanischen state of Illinois . In 2010, 27,087 people lived in Wilmette.

Wilmette is part of the Chicago metropolitan area and is considered a dormitory city in the North Shore District. In 2007, Wilmette was rated seventh best place in the US for growing up children.


Wilmette is located at 42 ° 04'38 "north latitude and 87 ° 43'25" west longitude and extends over 14.0 km², which is spread over 13.9 km² of land and 0.1 km² of water. Located on the western shore of Lake Michigan, Wilmette is a northern suburb of Chicago, just north of Evanston. Downtown Chicago is 16 miles south. The North Shore Channel flows into Lake Michigan at Wilmette.


Before the European settlement, there was a Potawatomi village on "Indian Hill", an area in what is now Winnetka . The present-day village of Wilmette was named after Antoine Ouilmette , a French-Canadian fur trader who was married to the daughter of Potawatomi chief Sauganash . For its support in the coming about of the Treaty of Prairie du Chien in 1829, the US government Ouilmette allocated 5.2 km² of land in the area of ​​today's parishes of Wilmette and Evanston .

Catholic farmers from the area around Trier settled in the Wilmette area in the 1840s. They called their village, west of Ridge Road, Gross Point . In 1848 Ouilmette sold his land to farmers.

The Chicago and Milwaukee Railway was built in 1854 to facilitate settlement in the area north of Chicago. In 1857, John G. Westerfield built cucumber and vinegar factories in the area. A cooperage, a brickworks and an ice cellar were also built.

In 1869, the Chicago and Milwaukee Railway built the first station in the area. On September 19, 1872 the village of Wilmette was founded, the village of Gross Point was incorporated on September 19, 1874. September 19th is celebrated locally as Charter Day.

Wilmette was almost incorporated by its southern neighbor Evanston in 1894 and 1897. The proponents wanted to use the advantages of the existing good infrastructure of the neighboring town. Several referenda on the takeover failed, however.

Wilmette was connected to Milwaukee Road in 1899 via the Chicago North Shore and Milwaukee Railroad (North Shore Line) .

A house of worship of the Bahai was built from 1920 to 1953 in Wilmette.

Demographic data

According to the 2000 census, 27,651 people lived in 10,039 households and 7,730 families in the village. The population density was 1,984 people per km < 2 . There were 10,319 housing units at an average density of 741 units per km 2 .

There were 10,039 households with children under 18 years of age in 40.6% of the cases. There were married couples living together in 68.9% of households, 6.4% had a female householder without a husband, and 23.0% were non-families. 21.1% of all households were single households and there were people living in 12.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.73 and the average family size was 3.19 people.

About 29.7% of residents were under 18 years old, 3.6% were 18 to 24 years old, 21.7% 25 to 44 years old, 27.8% 45 to 64 years old, and 17.2% were 65 years or older older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 91.8 males. For every 100 women aged 18 and over, there were 84.9 men.

According to a 2007 estimate, the median income for a household was $ 120,469 and the median income for a family was $ 149,104. Males had a median income of $ 97,143 versus $ 50,007 for women. The per capita income was $ 55,611. Around 1.3% of families and 2.3% of the population lived below the poverty line, of which 1.6% were young people under the age of 18 and 4.7% of the age group 65 years or older.


House of Worship in Wilmette

Wilmette is home to the Baha'i House of Worship and the offices of the Bahá'í National Spiritual Assembly's administration. In 2007 the House of Worship was named one of Illinois' Seven Wonders of the World by the Illinois Bureau of Tourism.

Wilmette has a small, two-movie multiplex called the Wilmette Theater on Central Street that is downtown.

Wilmette has three shopping centers. One of them is Plaza del Lago, one of the oldest shopping malls in the United States, which is located on Sheridan Road. The other two, Edens Plazza and West Lake Plaza, are on Lake Street on the Edens Expressway.

Other attractions include Gillson Park with access to the beach, the marina and a dog free range; Langdon Beach and Centennial Park with a public swimming pool, tennis and ice rink. The Wilmette Golf Club, which is west of town, hosts a 5.8 kilometer course.


Web links

Commons : Wilmette  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. US Census office - Quick Facts: Wilmette, Illinois Retrieved on January 2nd, 2013
  2. ^ Douglas MacMillan: Great Places to Raise Kids - for Less . Business Week . November 16, 2007. Retrieved January 2, 2008.
  3. Google Maps: Wilmette, IL - Chicago, IL
  4. ^ Nancy Ryan, "Bahais celebrate anniversary; Faith's House of Worship in Wilmette 75 years old," Chicago Tribune , June 12, 1987, p. 6.
  5. ^ Bruce W. Whitmore, "The Dawning Place" - Baha'i Publishing Trust , 1984, ISBN 0-87743-193-0 .
  6. ^ Seven Wonders of Illinois . Archived from the original on February 8, 2007. Retrieved January 2, 2008.
  7. Gillson Park . Archived from the original on December 26, 2007. Retrieved January 2, 2008.
  8. ^ Centennial Park . Archived from the original on December 26, 2007. Retrieved January 2, 2008.