- Living Here
- About Wheaton
Welcome to Wheaton, Illinois, a distinctive community of more than 53,000 residents situated west of Chicago. Settled between 1837 and 1838, Wheaton serves as the County Seat of DuPage County.
Residents and visitors are drawn to the blend of big-city comforts and small-town charm that makes Wheaton an excellent place to live, work, shop, and play. From its top-ranked schools and picturesque downtown to its historic neighborhoods and dynamic community, Wheaton is a comfortable place to call home.
- Population: (2020 Census): 53,970
- Median Age: 37.8 years
- Median Household Income: $84,980
- Median Value of Owner-Occupied Housing: $354,000
- Percentage of Population Unemployed: 4.4%
- Land area: 11.25 square miles
- Distance to Chicago: 26 miles
- Parks: 52 parks (Wheaton Park District), 800 acres total
Awards and Recognition
- Best Place to Live in Illinois, #27 Best Place to Live in the Nation: Money Magazine, 2018
- Top 100 Safest Cities in America, ranked Number 6: National Council for Home Safety and Security, 2017
- Distinguished Budget Award, 2003-2017: Government Finance Officer’s Association of the United States and Canada
- Tree City USA, 1986 to 2019: National Arbor Day Foundation
- Chicago Magazine Best Places to Live, 2014: Rated among the top 12 suburbs
- Top Walkable Cities in Chicago Area, 2014, George Washington University School of Business study: "Foot Traffic Ahead: Walkable Urbanism in America’s Largest Metros."