Villa Park Facts and Figures

Village Origins

The source of the following information is Recollections: Story of Villa Park, Illinois, pp. 26-46. Several copies of this book are available in the Library’s circulating collection at 977.324 VIL.)

The Chicago real estate firm of Ballard & Pottinger began development of a subdivision called Villa Park in DuPage County in 1908. The same firm developed the Ardmore subdivision in 1910.

Village of Villa Park: The Garden Village
In 1914, the subdivisions of Villa Park and Ardmore were united and incorporated as the Village of Ardmore, with a population of 300. William H. Calhoun was elected as the first village president on September 12, 1914.

The name of the village was officially changed to Villa Park in 1917.

Three theories of how Villa Park got its name:

1. Named after two of its principal streets: Villa Avenue and Park Boulevard.
2. Name suggested by Charles C. Heisen, an early and wealthy resident, who owned a Florida estate of the same name.
3. Developers had planned to build villa-style homes in a park-like setting.

Geography

Land area of the Village of Villa Park:

4.6 square miles (12.0 square kilometers).
(Source: United States Census Bureau data.)

Map coordinates of Villa Park Village Hall

41 degrees, 53 minutes, 19 seconds North Latitude;
87 degrees, 58 minutes, 42 seconds West Longitude.
(Source: Geographic Names Information System.)

Villa Park elevation above sea level:

675 feet to 725 feet.
(Source: United States Geological Survey topographic maps for Elmhurst Quadrangle and Hinsdale Quadrangle, 1974. The maps are available in the Community Files at the Adult Services reference desk for in-library use.)

Aerial photographs of the Villa Park area:

View a 2002 United States Geological Survey aerial photo at the Microsoft Terraserver website.

Topographical map of the Villa Park area:

View map at TopoZone.com.

Population and Other Census Data

(Source of all data, except where noted: United States Census Bureau website and publications.)

Villa Park data from 2003 Special Census and 2000 Census

Census Date Population of Villa Park
2003
(Special Census)
22,517
2000 22,075
1990
(revised count)
22,279
1980 23,185
1970 25,891
1960 20,391
1950 8,821
1940 7,286
1930 6,220
1920 854