is a prominent suburban city of Chicago, located primarily in DuPage County
, with portions in Will County
and Cook County, Illinois
in the United States
. It uses the 630 and 331 area codes
. The population was 30,934 at the 2000 census. A special census commissioned in 2003 put the population at 33,253. Woodridge is the home of the Morey Corporation
, a campus of Westwood College
, Wilton Industries
and the Seven Bridges
golf course and housing development.
Woodridge was incorporated on August 24th,1959 with less than 500 residents, on a wooded area of high ground overlooking the DuPage River's East Branch. Woodridge is a young community with the vast majority of its homes, businesses, and churches constructed after the 1950s. Woodridge was founded by a housing developer, Albert Kaufman, who was largely responsible for the creation of the village.
In July 2007, Woodridge was placed on Money Magazine's, 100 Best Places to Live, list. Woodridge was ranked #61.
Woodridge is located at (41.744582, -88.043869).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 8.4 square miles (21.6 km²), of which, 8.3 square miles (21.5 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (0.24%) is water.
Woodridge is bordered by Downers Grove, Bolingbrook, Naperville, Darien, Lisle and Lemont.
Two major interstates run through Woodridge: the North-South Tollway (I-355)
and the Stevenson Expressway (I-55)
. The North-South Tollway allows access to a variety of western and northwestern Chicago suburbs, while I-55 gives direct access to the City of Chicago to the north and Joliet and downstate Illinois to the south. Other important routes are 75th Street and Illinois Route 53.
An industrial spur for the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad serves International Center, a large industrial area in the far south section. Commuter passenger rail service between Chicago and Aurora can be accessed in nearby Lisle or Downers Grove.
Bus service is provided by PACE, under the coordination of the Regional Transportation Authority.
The Village's government is overseen by the Mayor and a Board of Trustees elected at large. The current mayor (2007) is William F. Murphy, who is also a recently retired superintendent of Woodridge district 68 schools. One of the elementary schools are named after him. The current Village Clerk (2007) is Eileene Nystrom. As of May 2007, the Village Trustees are Anne Banks, Pamela Beavers, John Curran, Joseph Kagann, Ed McManus and David Pittinger. Village Departments include Finance, Administration, Police, Building and Zoning, Community Development, and Public Works.
The Police Department is a full service force of 56 sworn officers, as well as support staff for the 911 center, a records department and a resource center. Woodridge was one of the first communities nationwide to adopt aggressive legislation against underage tobacco use, and the Woodridge Police Department was one of the first to conduct regular "sting" operations using young teens hired by the department to check compliance for tobacco and alcohol sales.
Building and Zoning monitors construction permits, land use, up keep, and other considerations.
Public Works is responsible for the streets and other village infrastructure, including the water supply. Woodridge receives its water from Lake Michigan.
The Village Hall is located in Town Center at Five Plaza Drive. Town Center also includes the Police/Public Works building (One Plaza Drive), the Woodridge Public Library (Three Plaza Drive), and the United States Post Office (Two Plaza Drive).
Woodridge lies within three fire protection districts, the boundaries of which were drawn before the incorporation of the Village. As a result, Woodridge does not maintain a village fire department. The fire departments serving the residents are the Lisle-Woodridge Fire District , the Darien-Woodridge Fire District, and the Lemont Fire District. Lisle-Woodridge is rated as "ISO 1" by the Insurance Services Office.
As of the census
of 2000, there were 30,934 people, 11,382 households, and 8,092 families residing in the village. The population density
was 3,716.7 people per square mile (1,435.5/km²). There were 11,708 housing units at an average density of 1,406.7/sq mi (543.3/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 75.29% White
, 8.02% African American
, 0.16% Native American
, 11.27% Asian
, 0.02% Pacific Islander
, 3.11% from other races
, and 2.14% from two or more races. Hispanic
of any race were 9.18% of the population.
There were 11,382 households out of which 38.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.1% were married couples
living together, 10.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.9% were non-families. 23.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 3.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.71 and the average family size was 3.26.
In the village, the population was spread out with 27.3% under the age of 18, 9.2% from 18 to 24, 36.0% from 25 to 44, 22.2% from 45 to 64, and 5.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 99.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.8 males.
The median income for a household in the village was $87,531
Males had a median income of $59,159 versus $39,475 for females. The per capita income
for the village was $29,851. About 2.9% of families and 3.8% of the population were below the poverty line
, including 4.3% of those under age 18 and 3.9% of those age 65 or over.
Climate and Environment
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Woodridge is in a humid continental climate zone. On average, July is the warmest month, and January is the coldest month. August typically has the most precipitation, and February the least. The record high for Woodridge was 105°F (40.56°C) in July 2005, and the record low of -26 °F (-32 °C) was set in January, 1985.
Woodridge has been named a "Tree City" by the Arbor Day Foundation for the past 16 years, and a study undertaken in 1996 indicated that village has over 8,000 publicly owned trees.
The Village of Woodridge School District 68 maintains six elementary schools, Edgewood, Willow Creek, Sipley, William F. Murphy (named after Mayor Murphy), Meadowview, and Goodrich, (serving grades K-6) and one junior high, Jefferson Junior High School, (for grades 7 and 8). Woodridge does not have its own high school. The majority of Woodridge secondary school students attend Downers Grove North
High School in the recently renamed Community High School District 99. Some students in southern Woodridge are served by Lemont District 210 and attend Lemont High School. Additionally, Woodridge students who reside west of Route 53 attend Naperville schools in District 203. Some students also attend the nearby parochial schools St. Scholastica (K-8), http://www.sjalisle.org/ St. Joan of Arc (PK-8) and [[Benet Academy
maintains a Woodridge campus. Other nearby higher education opportunities are Benedictine University
, North Central College
, Lewis University
, College of DuPage
, Joliet Junior College
(Romeoville and Joliet)
and University of St. Francis
The Woodridge Park District
maintains a well distributed group of local parks and open spaces, offering facilities for picnicking as well as sports like baseball, basketball, tennis, soccer, cricket and newly added for 2008, Frisbee golf. The Park District also maintains Hobson Pool (scheduled for demolition at the end of the 2008 season), a swimming pool, and the Cypress Cove
A series of bike paths built by the park district allow cyclists to ride through the town on paved, dedicated paths.
Golf is another popular recreational activity. Village Greens of Woodridge
is a Village-owned, 18-hole golf course; Seven Bridges
is another Woodridge owned (but not members-only) championship class course. Zigfield Troy
is a 9-hole, par 3 course.
Woodridge is home to three multi-screen movie theaters, most notably IMAX at Seven Bridges and Hollywood Boulevard
, as well as dining options ranging from fast food to formal banquets.
Woodridge is also located near the renowned Morton Arboretum