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City Data for Long Grove, Illinois

Long Grove is a village located in Lake County, Illinois, approximately northwest of Chicago. As of the 2005 census, the village had a total population of 6,735. The village has strict building ordinances to preserve its "country atmosphere. " There are no sidewalks, street lights or curbs throughout the village's many communities.


Long Grove is located at (42. 202504, -88. 006448).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 12. 4 square miles (32. 2 km²), of which, 12. 3 square miles (31. 8 km²) of it is land and 0. 2 square miles (0. 4 km²) of it is water. The total area is 1. 21% water.


Before 1840, a Yankee, John Gridley, settled at a minor trail crossing deep in Long Grove, a large grove of oaks standing in bluestem prairie along the southern boundary of Lake County.

German immigrants to the area in the mid-1840s discovered that the open prairie had already been claimed and made their claims deep within the grove. A post office established in 1847 under the name Muttersholz (“Mother's Woods”) highlights the area's strong German influence. By the early 1850s, immigrant families who had split from the Roman Catholic parish at Buffalo Grove founded their own St. Mary's parish at Muttersholz. An Evangelical Lutheran congregation formed at the same time. Most families had their origins in the Rhineland and spoke in a “Plattdeutsch” dialect until hostility to German culture during World War I led residents to make greater use of English. Muttersholz became Long Grove once again. The cultural isolation of the small community deepened as the area's major roads, Routes 53 and 83, bypassed the still rural community.

In the early 1950s, area property owners formed an association to oppose a major development plan, countering with a village plat that would require a minimum lot size, with the aim of preserving the area's historic character. Following litigation between developers and the association, a referendum was passed in 1956, that incorporated the village of Long Grove. Guy Reed became the village's first president. After Reed's death in 1959, village president Robert Coffin pushed to retain the village's antique style through ordinances prohibiting neon signs and the development of convenience and chain stores. Any new business construction had to feature 1880s-style facades.

The village now has very strict building ordinances to preserve its "country atmosphere. " There are no sidewalks, street lights or curbs throughout the villages many communities. The Long Grove area is now known for its historic downtown, its exclusive million dollar home communities and the annual chocolate, strawberry and apple festivals that take place in May, June and October, respectively.


As of the census of 2000, there are 6,735 people, 1,962 households, and 1,791 families residing in the village. The population density is 548. 7 people per square mile (211. 8/km²). There are 2,021 housing units at an average density of 164. 6/sq mi (63. 5/km²). The racial makeup of the village is 90. 81% White, 0. 94% African American, 0. 01% Native American, 6. 77% Asian, 0. 00% Pacific Islander, 0. 53% from other races, and 0. 94% from two or more races. 3. 00% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 1,962 households out of which 52. 4% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 86. 4% are married couples living together, 3. 2% have a female householder with no husband present, and 8. 7% are non-families. 6. 3% of all households are made up of individuals and 2. 0% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 3. 26 and the average family size is 3. 42.

In the village the population is spread out with 31. 6% under the age of 18, 4. 9% from 18 to 24, 23. 0% from 25 to 44, 31. 5% from 45 to 64, and 8. 9% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 41 years. For every 100 females there are 99. 3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 94. 8 males.

The median income for a household in the village is $148,150, and the median income for a family is $153,996. Males have a median income of $0 versus $45,976 for females. The per capita income for the village is $62,185. 2. 6% of the population and 1. 8% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 3. 1% of those under the age of 18 and 0. 0% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.

Notable residents

  • Long Grove is also the summer home of folk singer and civil rights icon, James Wolff.
  • Daryl Hannah was born in Chicago, and raised in Long Grove.
  • Homes for sale in Long Grove, Illinois

    This city information was provided courtesy of Wikipedia