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Bolingbrook is a village in Will County, Illinois and DuPage County, Illinois. As of the 2000 census, the village had a total population of 56,321. As of a 2005 estimate, the population is 69,662. Today, Bolingbrook has nearly 75,000 residents.

Geography

Bolingbrook is located at [show location on an interactive map] 41�41′55″N, 88�5′19″W (41.698613, -88.088668)GR1.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 53.7 km� (20.7 mi�). 53.1 km� (20.5 mi�) of it is land and 0.6 km� (0.2 mi�) of it (1.16%) is water.

Demographics

As of the censusGR2 of 2000, there were 56,321 people, 17,416 households, and 14,246 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,060.2/km� (2,746.5/mi�). There were 17,884 housing units at an average density of 336.7/km� (872.1/mi�). The racial makeup of the village was 64.51% White, 20.41% African American, 0.23% Native American, 6.38% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 5.65% from other races, and 2.77% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 13.09% of the population.

There were 17,416 households out of which 48.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 66.5% were married couples living together, 10.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 18.2% were non-families. 14.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 2.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.22 and the average family size was 3.56.

In the village the population was spread out with 32.3% under the age of 18, 8.4% from 18 to 24, 35.2% from 25 to 44, 19.9% from 45 to 64, and 4.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 31 years. For every 100 females there were 99.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.0 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $67,852, and the median income for a family was $71,527. Males had a median income of $46,915 versus $33,665 for females. The per capita income for the village was $23,468. About 2.9% of families and 4.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.1% of those under age 18 and 6.8% of those age 65 or over.

Growth History

Bolingbrook is a relatively new suburb of Chicago, having been incorporated in 1965. It grew solidly for the remainder of the 1960s, reaching a population of 7,000 by 1970. The 1970s were the first period of rapid growth in Bolingbrook, during which its population quintupled to reach over 37,000 by 1980. Much of this growth was as much due to mass annexation as well as raw population growth; the population of Bolingbrook by the 1970 census but with its 1980 land boundary was approximately 25,000, further reflecting the vigorous annexation that took place during the 1970s.

During the 1980s, growth in Bolingbrook and Will County slowed considerably as the focus of Chicago area growth in that decade largely shifted to the northern tier of suburbs in Lake and McHenry counties. By 1990, Bolingbrook’s population had only increased by about 10% from the previous decade, to about 41,000. The main benefit of this slower growth is that it allowed the village’s infrastructure (especially its school district) to catch up with its population.

The 1990s ushered in a second wave of strong growth to Bolingbrook, as Will and nearby Kendall counties once again became Chicago’s fastest growing region. This second growth wave continues to the present day, and Bolingbrook now has a population in excess of 75,000 residents.

Transportation

Illinois Route 53 – Bolingbrook Drive, Illinois Route 126

Interstate 55 and Interstate 355

Former U.S Route 66

Other Major streets include Boughton Road, Weber Road, Lily Cache Lane, and Briarcliff Road

There is a small airport off of Boughton-Weber: Bolingbrook-Clow International Airport, with an estimated 3,600 foot runway (maybe addition of one more). The airport is a public (non-commercial) airport.

Notable Residents

Jaslene Gonzalez, America’s Next Top Model Cycle 8 Drew Peterson

Steve Jaros, PBA Bowler – Major Champion

Schools

High Schools: Bolingbrook High School (365U), Plainfield North (202), Nequa Valley (204), and Downers Grove North [Served by four high schools, Romeoville High school also serves as an alternative for some students.]

Middle Schools: Brooks Middle School (located in the former Bolingbrook High School building and home of the district’s ESL [English as a Second Language] program), Jane Addams Middle School and Hubert H. Humphrey Middle School.

Elementary Schools: Bernard J. Ward Elementary School (formerly a middle school), Independence Elementary School, Jamie McGee Elementary School, John R. Tibbott Elementary School, Jonas E. Salk Elementary School, Pioneer Elementary School, Oak View Elementary School, and Wood View Elementary School.

Alternative Schools: Phoenix Experierence [also housed in the Brooks Middle School building.]

Catholic Schools: St. Dominic School (serving grades PK – 8)