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: (2016 estimates): 53,648
  • Median Age: 37.8 years
  • Median Household Income: $84,980
  • Median Value of Owner-Occupied Housing: $354,000
  • Percentage of Population Unemployed: 4.4%

Geographical Information

  • Land area: 11.25 square miles
  • Distance to Chicago: 26 miles
  • Parks: 52 parks (Wheaton Park District), 800 acres total

Awards and Recognition

  • 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."