Community Profile

Wilmette is a vibrant community comprised of many strong neighborhoods, races, religions and levels of income. The Village extends approximately five miles west from Lake Michigan and is approximately one mile wide. The Village is a home rule community with a Village President and Board of Trustees elected at large and a Village Manager who runs the day to day operations of the Village. Wilmette was incorporated as a municipal corporation in 1872.
Township: New Trier
County: Cook

Village Demographics

Total Population 28,170
Population Density (per square mile) 5,209
Total Households 9,717
Median Age 45.5


Average Household Income *$202,322
Median Household Income *$164,681
Per Capita Income *$70,920


Total Housing Units 10,292
Owner Occupied 9,742
Renter Occupied 1,260
Vacant 548


Educational Attainment
Age 25+ Population *18,312
Grade K-8 *81
Grade 9-12 *236
High School Graduate *837
Some College, No Degree *1,469
Associates Degree *448
Bachelor’s Degree *6,202
Master’s Degree *9,039

*Data obtained from the American Community Survey
Source: 2020 U.S. Census


Municipal Services and Facilities
Miles of Street 89
Mils of Sidewalk 166.1
Miles of Alleys 18.8
Total Miles of Sewers 152.39
Number of Street Lights 2,510
Refuse Collection Customers 8,682


Fire Protection
Number of Firefighters 44
Number of Stations 2
Annual Emergency Responses 3,500


Police Protection
Number of Police Officers 44


Community Awards & Recognitions

  • Niche, “Best Places to Live in Illinois”
  • Accredited Police Department
  • Accredited Fire Department
  • AAA Bond Rating
  • Tree City USA
  • Growth Award

Park District

  • 20 Parks (188.3 acres)
  • 63 acres of lakefront parks
  • Swimming and Sailing Beaches
  • Wilmette Golf Course
  • Community Recreation Center (Center Fitness Club, North Shore Theater of Wilmette)
  • Centennial Recreation Complex (indoor tennis, ice skating and outdoor pools)


Public School Districts:

  • New Trier High School District #203
  • Avoca School District #37
  • Wilmette School District #39


Private Schools:

  • St. Francis Xavier School
  • St. Joseph’s Catholic School
  • Loyola Academy
  • Regina Dominican High School
  • Baker Demonstration School

Historical Museum

Former Gross Point Village Hall, 609 Ridge Road

Wilmette Public Library

1242 Wilmette Avenue

  • Open 76 hours/week
  • Collection size: 342,000 physical and downloadable items
  • Auditorium and meeting rooms for programs and public rental


  • I-94 Edens Expressway access
  • Metra Union Pacific North Line
  • CTA “L” Purple Line
  • Pace Bus (213, 421, 422, 423)
  • 16 miles from downtown Chicago

Sales Tax Rate

State 6.25%
Cook County 1.75%
RTA 1.00%
Home Rule 1.00%
Total 10.00%


Electric Power Commonwealth Edison
Water Village of Wilmette Water Plant
Gas Provider Nicor
Cable Provider AT&T/Comcast
Waste Hauler Advanced Disposal


This Page was Last Updated on 10/29/2021.