Melrose Park, Illinois, City and Higher Education Info

Melrose Park is a village in the Chicago metropolitan area. The area is home to a variety of career schools, universities, theological seminaries and 2-year schools. Find out about Melrose Park, including its population, attractions, economy and school options.

Information about Melrose Park, Illinois

Melrose Park is a village about 15 miles west of Chicago. The village has 25,511 residents, as of 2014 U.S. Census estimates. About 70% of residents are Hispanic, 23% are white alone and 6% are African American alone, based on 2010 census info.

Like all of Illinois, Melrose Park features a continental climate with cold, dry winters and warm, humid summers typical of the Midwest. Ice rinks, an outdoor pool, tennis and basketball courts and jogging areas are just a few of the attractions Melrose Park maintains for its residents.

Nearby Chicago offers cultural and recreational opportunities, including museums and a theater scene, while lovers of the great outdoors can enjoy a range of activities in the numerous state parks and other recreational areas of Illinois.

Higher Education

Melrose Park has one proprietary institution in its city limits. An additional 36 colleges and universities can be found within ten miles of Melrose Park.

The two largest colleges within a 10-mile radius of Melrose Park are Triton College and Wilbur Wright College, which is part of the City Colleges of Chicago. Triton enrolls about 11,500 students, and Wilbur Wright has about 12,000 students.

Northeastern Illinois University is a 4-year public university with about 10,000 students. Northeastern offers a variety of bachelor's and master's programs, including programs in elementary education, biology, computer science and business.

Other schools in the area include Morton College, Elmhurst College, North Park University and Rush University. The Chicago metropolitan area is home to some of the nation's most prestigious 4-year institutions of higher learning, including Northwestern University, the University of Chicago and DePaul University. DePaul is one of the largest Catholic universities in the United States.

Employment and Economy

Manufacturing, education, health care, social services, professional and management services and the retail industry provide significant employment opportunities in blue-collar Melrose Park. About 4,600 village workers were employed in manufacturing, according to 2012 census data. About 2,800 workers were employed in healthcare and social assistance, while nearly 2,900 workers were employed in the field of retail trade.

The wider Chicago region, the nation's 3rd-largest metropolitan area, offers employment options for Melrose Park residents, with major employers including United Airlines, Advocate Health Care, Chicago Public Schools, AT&T and Abbott Labs.

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