Naperville, Illinois, City and Higher Education Facts

Jul 25, 2020

Information about Naperville, Illinois

Naperville is a city in northeastern Illinois, about 30 miles southwest of Chicago. The fifth-largest city in Illinois, Naperville had an estimated population of 148,449 residents in 2019, based on U.S. Census Bureau figures. Almost 72.4 percent of the city's population identified as white at the time of the 2019 census, while nearly 18 percent identified as Asian and approximately five percent as black or African American. The annual median household income in Naperville was $118,187 for 2014-2018, reflecting the large number of professionals in the city.

Naperville residents enjoy plenty of opportunities to spend time outdoors, from swimming at Centennial Beach or strolling along downtown's brick paths to simply relaxing in one of the city's many parks. Culturally-minded residents and visitors alike can enjoy Naperville's museums, downtown historic district, local community theater and visual arts galleries. Beyond Naperville, greater Chicago offers attractions such as Millennium Park, the Field Museum of Natural History and the Art Institute of Chicago.

Higher Education

Naperville is home to North Central College, a private liberal arts school in the city's downtown that's known for its prestigious theater program. In 2020, U.S. News & World Report North Central College tied for 13th among regional universities in the Midwest. The greater metropolitan area plays host to such world-class institutions of higher education as Northwestern University in Evanston and the University of Chicago.

Economy and Employment

Naperville is part of the Illinois Technology and Research Corridor and serves as the headquarters of telecommunications company Tellabs Inc., one of the city's top employers. Other major employers in Naperville include Edward Hospital, telecommunications equipment company Alcatel-Lucent, and oil and gas company BP America, as well as chemical and water treatment subsidiary NALCO and energy and shipping company Nicor (the latter two also are headquartered in Naperville). Additionally, many Naperville residents commute to jobs in other cities in the metropolitan area, especially Chicago, which features the nation's second-largest downtown business district.

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