Schaumburg, Illinois, Higher Education and Village Facts

Schaumburg, Illinois, is a village in the greater Chicago metropolitan area. The village is close to several colleges and universities that offer career programs and undergraduate and graduate degrees. Read about Schaumburg's population, attractions, economy and schools below.

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Information about Schaumburg

Schaumburg, Illinois, has 74,896 residents, according to 2014 U.S. census estimates. It is located about 30 miles northwest of Chicago. The median household income was $72,745 per year, based on census data for 2010 to 2014. About 70% of residents were white, about 20% were Asian, nearly 9% were Hispanic and 4.2% were African American, as of the 2010 census.

Spring Valley Nature Center is located in the village and offers hiking trails and historical activities for residents and visitors. Schaumburg's Park District has fitness and health activities as well as cultural events available. A YMCA and convention center are found here, as well.

A major international tourist destination, the greater Chicago area features a number of sights and attractions, including the Field Museum, the Lake Michigan lakefront, the Magnificent Mile shopping district and Navy Pier. The Schaumburg Boomers, a minor-league baseball team, play in Schaumburg, while Chicago is home to two major-league baseball teams, the Cubs and the White Sox, as well as professional football, basketball and hockey teams.

Higher Education

Schaumburg is a well-educated town; about 45% of adult residents 25 years or older held bachelor's degrees or higher, based on 2010-2014 census data. There are 25 public and private non-profit universities, colleges, technical centers and career schools are found within 20 miles of the village. The College of DuPage, a large community college with over 29,000 students (as of Fall 2014), is located in nearby Glen Ellyn. It offers certificates and associate's degrees in business, information technology, engineering technology, health professions and cosmetology, to name a few. Wheaton College is about ten miles away and has bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees. Elmhurst College, Judson University and Midwestern University at Downers Grove are all 4-year private, non-profit colleges close to Schaumburg.

Additional 2-year schools in the area include Oakton Community College, which had around 10,600 students, Triton College with nearly 11,600 students and Wilbur Wright College, which is part of the City Colleges of Chicago.

The nearby Chicago metropolitan area is home to such universities as Northwestern University in Evanston and the University of Chicago.

Economy and Employment

Census data from 2012 reported that the city's highest employed sector was administrative support and waste management and remediation services with 13,867 employees. Retail trade employed nearly 11,500 people, while professional, scientific, and technical services about 10,400 people.

Motorola maintains its headquarters in Schaumburg and is one of the larger employers in the village. IBM, Comcast, Catamaran and Genworth Financial Capital all have a presence in the city. The village's many shopping centers and malls make it one of the largest retail destinations in Illinois outside of Chicago.

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