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Bensenville, Illinois

Bensenville is a village located near O'Hare International Airport in DuPage County, Illinois, with a portion of the town in Cook County. As of the 2010 census, the village population was 18,352.

Bensenville
Village of Bensenville
Downtown Bensenville
Downtown Bensenville
Motto(s): 
Gateway to Opportunity
Location of Bensenville in DuPage County and Cook County, Illinois.
Location of Bensenville in DuPage County and Cook County, Illinois.
Location of Illinois in the United States
Location of Illinois in the United States
Coordinates: 41°57′29″N 87°56′45″W / 41.95806°N 87.94583°W / 41.95806; -87.94583Coordinates: 41°57′29″N 87°56′45″W / 41.95806°N 87.94583°W / 41.95806; -87.94583
CountryUnited States
StateIllinois
CountyDuPage, Cook
TownshipAddison Township
Government
 • TypePresident-Trustee
 • Village PresidentFrank DeSimone
Area
 • Total5.55 sq mi (14.37 km2)
 • Land5.50 sq mi (14.25 km2)
 • Water0.05 sq mi (0.12 km2)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total18,352
 • Estimate 
(2018)[2]
18,226
 • Density3,337.27/sq mi (1,288.48/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
Area code(s)630
FIPS code17-05248
Wikimedia CommonsBensenville, Illinois
Websitehttp://www.bensenville.il.us/

First known as Tioga, it was formally established as Bensenville in 1873 along the Milwaukee Road railway. The community is named after Benzen, Germany.[3][4] A post office was established in 1873, but because there was an existing "Benson", the suffix "ville" was added.[3]

The Edge Ice Arena is located in Bensenville, former home of the Chicago Steel junior ice hockey team.

The Churchville School in Bensenville is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

GeographyEdit

According to the 2010 census, Bensenville has a total area of 5.618 square miles (14.55 km2), of which 5.57 square miles (14.43 km2) (or 99.15%) is land and 0.048 square miles (0.12 km2) (or 0.85%) is water.[5]

SchoolsEdit

Bensenville School District 100:

Bensenville School District 2:

  • Blackhawk Middle School
  • Tioga School
  • W.A. Johnson School

Private:

  • Holy Family, Private Roman Catholic
  • Zion Concord Lutheran School, Private K-8

DemographicsEdit

Census Pop.
1880136
1890295116.9%
190037426.8%
191044318.4%
192065046.7%
19301,680158.5%
19401,86911.3%
19503,754100.9%
19609,141143.5%
197012,95641.7%
198016,10624.3%
199017,76710.3%
200020,70316.5%
201018,352−11.4%
Est. 201818,226[2]−0.7%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]

As of the census [7] of 2010, there were 18,352 people residing in the village. The population density was 3,296.6 people per square mile (5,305.3/km²). There were 6,743 housing units. The racial makeup of the village was 67.3% White, 3.5% African American, 1.0% Native American, 4.8% Asian, and 3.0% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 47.8% of the population.

There were 6,312 households out of which 36.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.4% were married couples living together, 11% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33% were non-families. 26.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.89 and the average family size was 3.50.

In the village, the population was spread out with 24.5% under the age of 18, 7.4% from 20 to 24, 30.6% from 25 to 44, 23.9% from 45 to 64, and 10.9% who were over 65 years of age. The median age was 33.4 years.

The median income for a household in the village was $52,500 and the median income for a family was $55,500. About 15.4% of families and 15.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 24.1% of those under age 18 and 13.8% of those over age 65.

TransportationEdit

 
The "Midwest Hiawatha" traveling through Bensenville, 1943

Bensenville has a station on Metra's Milwaukee District/West Line, which provides daily rail service between Elgin and Chicago (at Union Station). From there, passengers can connect to an Amtrak train.

EconomyEdit

Top employersEdit

According to Bensenville's 2017 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report,[8] the top employers in the village are:

# Employer # of Employees
1 US Foods 400
2 Chicago White Metal Casting 325
3 Expeditors International 300
4 Victor Envelope Co 220
5 Ewing-Doherty Mechanical Inc 200
5 Allmetal, Inc 200
5 UPS Supply Chain Solutions 200
6 Envelop Express 175
7 Amaglo Kemlite Labs 150
7 Fortune Fish & Gorumet 150
8 Roesch Ford/Volkswagen 130

In popular cultureEdit

Bensenville is the site of Victory Auto Wreckers, a 7-acre (2.8 ha) auto recycling facility on Green Street which has repeatedly aired the "door-falling-off-the-car" commercial[9], starring Bob Zajdel, on Chicago television stations since 1981.

Bensenville is mentioned by name in the movie Flatliners, and a scene was filmed at the old green house that was next to Blackhawk Junior High School in 1990.[10]

In the television series Boss, a multi-episode story arc involves the main character, Mayor of Chicago Tom Kane (Kelsey Grammer), being damaged by a scandal in which he authorized the dumping of carcinogenic chemicals that soak into the groundwater of Bensenville.

Sister citiesEdit

Notable peopleEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "2016 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved Jun 29, 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved July 30, 2019.
  3. ^ a b Callary, Edward (2009). Place Names of Illinois. University of Illinois.
  4. ^ "Several Towns Named After Founders and Heroes". The Daily Herald. December 28, 1999. p. 220. Retrieved August 17, 2014 – via Newspapers.com.  
  5. ^ "G001 - Geographic Identifiers - 2010 Census Summary File 1". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2015-08-02.
  6. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Archived from the original on April 26, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  7. ^ "US Census Bureau QuickFacts". 2010 Census. Archived from the original on 9 May 2012. Retrieved 8 February 2012.
  8. ^ Village of Bensenville CAFR
  9. ^ https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-xpm-2006-01-27-0601270119-story.html
  10. ^ https://www.itsfilmedthere.com/2010/08/flatliners.html
  11. ^ "Village of Bensenville Board Minutes, October 13, 2015". Retrieved March 12, 2019.
  12. ^ "Daren Dochterman's bio for Fenton's Wall of Fame; retrieved 23 May 2016". Archived from the original on 28 September 2015. Retrieved 23 May 2016.
  13. ^ Daren Dochterman filmography @imdb.com; retrieved 13 August 2008
  14. ^ "Fenton alum to play for Nigeria in Olympics". Daily Herald. July 20, 2012. Retrieved May 7, 2017.
  15. ^ "William A. Redmond Memoir" (PDF). Illinois Legislative Research Unit. 1982. p. v. Archived from the original (PDF) on September 28, 2015. Retrieved September 26, 2015.
  16. ^ Dr. Audrey Wagner's bio for Fenton HS's Wall of Fame; retrieved 13 August 2008 Archived 28 May 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  17. ^ AAGPL records page @aagpl.org; retrieved 13 August 2008 Archived September 7, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  18. ^ Johnson, Steve (18 July 2014). "Q&A: Marcin Kleczynski, CEO of Malwarebytes, on cybersecurity and startups". Mercury News. Retrieved 14 October 2016.

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