Wheaton is a suburban city in Milton and Winfield Townships and is the county seat of DuPage County, Illinois. It is located approximately 25 miles west of Chicago.
A glimpse into Wheaton’s history begins with its founders: Erastus Gary, Jesse Wheaton, and Warren Wheaton. The trio traveled west from New England and claimed hundreds of acres of land in northeastern Illinois in 1837 and 1838. There, they began to lay important cornerstones for what would become the City of Wheaton.
In a strategic move, they offered the budding railroad several miles of free right-of-way through the growing area. Rail workers posted a sign, “Wheaton Depot,” giving the community its name. The founders gave away land surrounding the station to those who were willing to build immediately.
Warren Wheaton black and white photo portraitThe region began to prosper, and Wheaton incorporated as a village in 1859 with Warren Wheaton serving as its first president. He donated a parcel of land to the Illinois Institute, which was renamed Wheaton College in his honor. The historic campus of this nationally accredited college remains an important community fixture nearly 150 years later.
Wheaton is a city located in Illinois. With a 2020 population of 52,019, it is the 28th largest city in Illinois and the 762nd largest city in the United States . Wheaton is currently declining at a rate of -0.69% annually and its population has decreased by -1.65% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 52,894 in 2010. Wheaton reached it’s highest population of 55,416 in 2000. Spanning over 11 miles, Wheaton has a population density of 4,602 people per square mile.
The average household income in Wheaton is $137,203 with a poverty rate of 5.41%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $1,419 per month, and the median house value is $358,000. The median age in Wheaton is 37.3 years, 34.9 years for males, and 38.9 years for females.
Wheaton has an unemployment rate of 4.0%. The US average is 6.0%.
Wheaton has seen the job market decrease by -0.2% over the last year. Future job growth over the next ten years is predicted to be 27.7%, which is lower than the US average of 33.5%.
Tax Rates for Wheaton
– The Sales Tax Rate for Wheaton is 8.0%. The US average is 7.3%.
– The Income Tax Rate for Wheaton is 5.0%. The US average is 4.6%.
– Tax Rates can have a big impact when Comparing Cost of Living.
Income and Salaries for Wheaton
– The average income of a Wheaton resident is $42,106 a year. The US average is $28,555 a year.
– The Median household income of a Wheaton resident is $84,833 a year. The US average is $53,482 a year.
Wheaton, Illinois gets 39 inches of rain, on average, per year. The US average is 38 inches of rain per year.
Wheaton averages 30 inches of snow per year. The US average is 28 inches of snow per year.
On average, there are 186 sunny days per year in Wheaton. The US average is 205 sunny days.
Wheaton gets some kind of precipitation, on average, 119 days per year. Precipitation is rain, snow, sleet, or hail that falls to the ground. In order for precipitation to be counted you have to get at least .01 inches on the ground to measure.
The median family income of a student from Wheaton (Ill.) is $144,200, and 61% come from the top 20 percent. About 1.7% of students at Wheaton (Ill.) came from a poor family but became a rich adult.
A new study, based on millions of anonymous tax records, shows that some colleges are even more economically segregated than previously understood, while others are associated with income mobility.
Below, estimates of how Wheaton (Ill.) compares with its peer schools in economic diversity and student outcomes.
Notable People or Businesses
APPAREL RETAIL BUSINESSES
Jeans and a Cute Top Shop
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT BUSINESSES
Buffalo Theatre Ensemble Corp.
DuPage County Fair Assoc.
Escape For Fun – Escape Room
Wheaton College Artist Series
Wheaton Drama, Inc.
ARTS EDUCATION BUSINESSES
Jerry Evans School of Music
LOVV The Dance Studio
Moves Dance Studio, Inc.
CASUAL DINING RESTAURANTS
Egg’lectic Cafe – Town Square
GIA MIA Pizza Bar
Lu’s Sushi & Chinese Restaurant
Muldoon’s Irish Pub
Warren’s Ale House
FINE DINING RESTAURANTS
B.R. Ryall YMCA
Pure Barre Wheaton