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Woodridge, Illinois, Higher Education and Village Facts

Woodridge, Illinois, is a suburb of Chicago in the western part of the metropolitan area. Several colleges and universities can be found near Woodridge that offer undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Below, read about the population, weather, economy and school options in Woodridge.

Information about Woodridge

Woodridge is located in Illinois, along the DuPage River. The village is about 30 miles west of downtown Chicago and is considered part of the Chicago metropolitan area. Woodridge occupies over eight square miles of land area and had a population of about 33,000, according to 2014 U.S. census estimates.

The village of Woodridge offers a variety of recreational opportunities for its residents. Several playgrounds, baseball and softball fields, tennis courts, basketball courts and soccer fields are maintained by the village, and there are also golf courses, lakes and an aquatic park in the area.

To the east, the city of Chicago boasts such attractions as the Field Museum of Natural History and Navy Pier. During the summer, the average temperature in Woodridge is in the low 70s. The average temperature during the winter months is in the 20s. This city receives an average of 36 inches of rainfall each year and 33 inches of snowfall each year.

Higher Education

About 20 public and private non-profit colleges, universities and career and vocational schools are available within 20 miles of the village. Benedictine University, a private Catholic university, is located in the nearby village of Lisle, while Midwestern University has a campus in Downers Grove. North Central College is about five miles away in Naperville. This 4-year, private non-profit college has bachelor's and master's degrees and enrolled about 3,000 students, as of Fall 2014.

Other area schools include College of DuPage, Lewis University, University of St. Francis and Elmhurst College. Northern Baptist Theological Seminary and Moraine Valley Community College are also nearby. Meanwhile, the greater Chicago area hosts such institutions as Loyola University Chicago, the University of Chicago and Northwestern University.

Economy and Economy

The residents of Woodridge are highly skilled and educated. The median household income was $77,164 per year, according to 2010-2014 census data, and 47.3% of residents 25 years or older had bachelor's degrees or higher. The International Centre is an important industrial area in Woodridge and features connections to the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad line. Many Woodridge residents work in other parts of the Chicago metropolitan area, and each workday the population decreases as commuters leave for jobs in Chicago and other cities.


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