Glendale Heights, IL Education and City Information

Glendale Heights, IL, is a racially diverse community in the Chicago metro area. There are nearly 20 nonprofit colleges and universities within a 15-mile commute of Glendale Heights, though there are none in the village itself.

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Information about Glendale Heights, Illinois

Located in DuPage County, Glendale Heights is approximately 30 miles from Chicago. Formerly a rural area, the village had grown to a community of 34,530 by 2014, based on U.S. Census Bureau estimates. At the time of the 2010 census, nearly 53% of residents identified themselves as white alone, more than 22% as Asian alone and approximately 6% as black or African American alone, while almost 31% identified as Hispanic or Latino.

Glendale Heights rests on two distinct elevations, with a 100-foot variation - the reason for the 'Heights' in its name. The village government operates and maintains the Sports Hub, a recreational facility with a fitness center, racquetball and swimming facilities, among other amenities. A forest preserve borders the village, giving residents and visitors access to over 400 acres of land for outdoor activities and wildlife viewing. A number of parks also offer walking and jogging paths.

Educational Opportunities Near Glendale Heights

Within 15 miles of Glendale Heights, students can find a variety of 2- and 4-year nonprofit schools, including Wheaton College in Wheaton, ranked the 57th best national liberal arts college by U.S. News & World Report in 2016. Regionally ranked schools in that radius include Judson University in Elgin, U.S. News' pick as the 33rd best college in the Midwest, as well as Elmhurst College in Elmhurst (ranked 10th in the Midwest), North Central College in Naperville (ranked 15th in the Midwest) and Dominican University in River Forest (ranked 20th in the Midwest). Two-year schools in the area include the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, Triton College in River Grove and William Rainey Harper College in Palatine, among others.

Glendale Heights Economy

For the period 2010-2014, the median household income in Glendale Heights was $60,879, slightly higher than the statewide median of $57,166. The village's economy is primarily based on manufacturing, retail and wholesale trade, and professional scientific and technical services. Major employers in Glendale Heights include Chicago Blower Co., which manufactures exhaust systems, and Spraying Systems, Inc., manufacturer of spray nozzles. The village also offers easy access to jobs in the Chicago metropolitan area.

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