Berwyn, Illinois

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Berwyn is a city in Cook County, Illinois, co-existent with Berwyn Township, which was formed in 1908 after breaking off from Cicero Township. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 54,016.



As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 54,016 people, 19,702 households, and 12,924 families residing in the city. The population density was 5,361.4/km² (13,876.2/mi²). There were 20,691 housing units at an average density of 2,053.7/km² (5,315.3/mi²). The racial makeup of the city was 73.44% White, 1.30% African American, 0.44% Native American, 2.59% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 18.59% from other races, and 3.62% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 38% of the population, with Mexican Americans representing 31.0%. Non-Hispanic whites were 56.42% of the population.

The top five non-Hispanic ancestries reported in Berwyn as of the 2000 census were Polish (12.0%), German (11.8%), Irish (11.1%), Italian (10.4%) and Czech (6.8%).[3]

There were 19,702 households out of which 33.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.0% were married couples living together, 12.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.4% were non-families. 29.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.73 and the average family size was 3.45.

The age distribution was 26.2% under the age of 18, 9.6% from 18 to 24, 31.7% from 25 to 44, 19.0% from 45 to 64, and 13.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 95.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.9 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $43,833, and the median income for a family was $51,767. Males had a median income of $35,490 versus $26,668 for females. The per capita income for the city was $19,113. About 6.2% of families and 7.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.8% of those under age 18 and 7.2% of those age 65 or over.

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