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Mount Prospect

Mt. Prospect, Village of Mount Prospect

  •   State: 
    Cook County
    Mount Prospect
      County FIPS: 
    42°3′56″N 87°56′10″W
      Area total: 
    10.76 sq mi (27.86 km²)
      Area land: 
    10.72 sq mi (27.76 km²)
      Area water: 
    0.04 sq mi (0.10 km²)
  •   Latitude: 
      Dman name cbsa: 
    Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI
    Eastern Standard Time (EST) UTC-5:00; Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) UTC-4:00
      ZIP codes: 

    Mount Prospect, Cook County, Illinois, United States

  •   Population: 
      Population density: 
    5,303.85 residents per square mile of area (2,047.82/km²)
      Household income: 
      Unemployment rate: 
  •   Sales taxes: 
      Income taxes: 

Mount Prospect is a village in Elk Grove and Wheeling Townships in Cook County, Illinois, about 20 miles (32 km) northwest of downtown Chicago. As of the 2020 census, the village had a total population of 56,852. It is located at 42°356N 87°5610W (42.065427, -87.936217).According to the 2021 census gazetteer files, Mount Prospect has a total area of 10.76 square miles (27.87 km²) (or 99.65%) is land and 0.04 sq miles (0.10 km²), (or 0.35%) is water. The village experiences warm to hot and humid summers and frigid, snowy winters. It lies within U.S.D.A Hardiness zone 5b, along the fringe of zone 6a. It has a number of award-winning school districts that serve the village: Central Mount Prospect is served by Mount Prospect School District 57, South River Trails School District 26, and South Elk Grove High School District 23. A very small portion of northern Mount Prospect in its northernmost point is served. by Buffalo-Wheeling Community Consolidated Community School District 21. The top employers in Mount Prospect are: Cummins Allison, NTN USA and Rauland-Borg. In 2008, Mount Prospect was voted the best city in which to raise children by the Chicago Tribune. It was also named the best place to raise a family in 2012.


Mount Prospect is the primary city name, but also Mt Prospect are acceptable city names or spellings. The official name is Village of Mount Prospect. Mount Prospect is located at 42°356N 87°5610W (42.065427, -87.936217).According to the 2021 census gazetteer files, Mount Prospect has a total area of 10.76 square miles (27.87 km²) of which 99.65% is land and 0.04 sq miles (0.10 km²), or 0.35% is water. Mount Prospect was named after Mount Prospect, which is located in the state of New Mexico. The town's name is derived from the name of a Native American tribe that once lived on the summit of Mount Prospect. It has a population of about 1,000. It is one of the most popular tourist attractions in New Mexico, along with Mount Rushmore and Mount Washington. It was the site of the Battle of the Bulge, which took place in 1875 and 1876. It's also known as the birthplace of U.S. President George W. Bush and his wife, First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, who were both born in the area. The city's name was first recorded in 1876 and is still used in the town's tourist guidebooks. It also has a post office, which was established in 1881 and still exists today. The current mayor of the town is John McWhorter, who was born in 1874 and served as president of the United States from 1969 to 1973. The village's name comes from the word "prospect" or "prosperity" which means "place of hope" in Spanish.


According to the Köppen climate classification system, Mount Prospect lies within the Humid continental climate zone (or Dfa) in the warm summer type. The village experiences warm to hot and humid summers and frigid, snowy winters. It lies within U.S.D.A Hardiness zone 5b, along the fringe of zone 6a. It has a population of around 1,000. The town is located on the banks of the Danube River, which flows into the Ohio River. It is located near the border with Ohio, and is on the eastern edge of the Ohio Valley, where the Ohio Turnpike runs through the town. It also lies on the Ohio-Ohio border, which runs into Ohio, Ohio and Ohio. It was the site of the Battle of the Bulge, which took place in 1881. The area is known as Mount Prospect, after the village's founder, William Prospect, who lived there in the 19th century. In 1881, the village was named after him, and he is buried in the town's cemetery, along with other members of his family. He died in a car accident in the early 20th century, and was buried in a shallow grave. He is survived by his wife and two children. The community has a strong tradition of preserving the history of Mount Prospect. The church was built in the 18th century and is still standing today. It dates back to the 17th century when it was built by the local community.


As of the 2020 census there were 56,852 people, 20,855 households, and 15,043 families residing in the village. The village's age distribution consisted of 22.9% under the age of 18, 5.3% from 18 to 24, 27.2% from 25 to 44, 26.5% from 45 to 64, and 18.1% who were 65 years of age or older. In 2008, Mount Prospect was voted the best city in which to raise children. The average household size was 3.09 and the average family size was 2.59. The median income was $84,353, and the median income for a family was $103,946. The per capita income for the village was $40,452. About 3.7% of families and 5.8% of the population were below the poverty line. This table excludes Latinos from the racial categories and assigns them to a separate category. Hispanics/Latinos can be of any race. The U.S. Census treats Hispanic/Latino as an ethnic category. The US Census treats Hispanics/Latinos as a separate ethnic category and excludes them from this table. The population of Mount Prospect is expected to grow to 56,000 by the end of the decade. It is expected that the village will have a population of more than 60,000 in the 2030 census. The city's population is expectedto grow to more than 70,000 at the time of the next census in 2026.


Companies based in Mount Prospect include Cummins Allison, NTN USA and Rauland-Borg. The former United Airlines headquarters in Elk Grove Township was annexed into Mount Prospect in the 2010s. According to the Village's 2017 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the top employers in the city are: Cummin Allison, Raul and Borg. The city's population is about 2,000. The average household income is about $50,000, according to the village's 2017 report. The median household income in Mount Prospect is $54,000 and the city's unemployment rate is about 5%. The city has a population of 2,200. The population's average income is $51,500. The village's population's share of the U.S. economy is about 1.7 percent. The state's economy is estimated to be about 2.8 percent, the highest in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. The United States is the second-largest economy in the state, after New Jersey. The U.K. is the third-largest, with 1.9 million people living in the United States and 1.8 million in Canada. The number of residents in the village is about 3,500, the lowest in New York City and the fourth-lowest in New England. The town's population has been growing at a rate of 1.2 percent per year since the mid-1990s. It is the fastest-growing town in the New Jersey area.


Mount Prospect has a number of award-winning school districts that serve the village. Central Mount Prospect is served by Mount Prospect School District 57. Small numbers of students attend Elk Grove High School and Buffalo Grove High school. The two Catholic parochial schools (K-8) located within Mount Prospect are St. Raymond and St. Emily. Mount Prospect Public Library is located in the town's center. The town has a public library that is open to the public every day of the year. The library is run by the Mount Prospect Community School District, which also serves the town of Elk Grove. The public library is also served by Elk Grove Community Consolidated School District 59. The school district also serves a small part of north central Mount Prospect, and a small portion of northwest Mount Prospect. The village also has its own high school, Prospect High School, which is the only one located within the town. It is also the location of the local public library, which was established in the early 1900s. It was originally called Mount Prospect Elementary School. It has since been renamed Mount Prospect Middle School. The high school is also known as Mount Prospect Senior High School. There are no public libraries in the village, but the town does have its own public library. It also has a community center, which opened in the mid-1970s. The community has a school district that serves the village's north, south, and northwest areas. The district also operates a public school that serves a part of the north, west, and east side of the town, called Prospect Heights School District 23.

Places of interest

Randhurst Village Hall and Mount Prospect Village Hall are among the places of interest in the town. The town also has a library, a post office, a fire station and a police station.

Parks and recreation

Multiple park districts serve the town: Mount Prospect, Arlington Heights, Des Plaines, Prospect Heights, and River Trails. The town is home to the Chicago Cubs, Chicago Blackhawks, Chicago Cubs and Chicago Cubs. The city also has the Chicago River, Chicago River and Chicago River Trail. The Chicago River is the town's main source of water supply. The river is also home to a number of trails and trails for hiking, biking and other activities. It is also the home of the Chicago Fire Department, which was founded in 1871. The fire department is based in Mount Prospect and serves the town of 6,000 people.

In popular culture

A Mount Prospect Police cruiser appears in a season 11 episode of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, as an homage to Blue Brothers. In the 1980 movie The Blues Brothers (set in Chicago and vicinity), the car the Blues Brothers ride in is described as being bought at auction from the Mount Prospect police department. The car also appears in an episode of the comedy series "Comedians in cars Getting Coffee" in which the characters drive around in a police cruiser. The police department is mentioned in the movie "The Blues Brothers" as having bought the car at auction in the 1980s. The cruiser is also featured in the TV series "Cars Getting Coffee", as a homage to "Blue Brothers" in the show's second season. The episode is called "The Blue Brothers and the Police Car" and is based on the film "Blues Brothers" (1980), which is set in Chicago, Illinois. The vehicle is described in the film as having been purchased at auction by the police department in the town of Mount Prospect, Illinois, in the late 1960s and early 1970s. It is also mentioned in "The Rock" (1978) and "The Godfather" (1979), in which it is mentioned as being a police car in the 1970s and 1980s, as well as in the "Rock" series of TV shows and movies, including "The Sopranos" and "Miami Vice" (both of which are set in the city of Chicago). The police cruiser is mentioned again in the second episode of "The Lord of the Rings" series, "The Return of the Planet of the Apes" (1987), where it is said to have been bought by the department in a similar manner.

Air Quality, Water Quality, Superfund Sites & UV Index

The Air Quality index is in Mount Prospect, Cook County, Illinois = 6.8. These Air Quality index is based on annual reports from the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The number of ozone alert days is used as an indicator of air quality, as are the amounts of seven pollutants including particulates, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, lead, and volatile organic chemicals. The Water Quality Index is 31. A measure of the quality of an area’s water supply as rated by the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The EPA has a complex method of measuring the watershed quality, using 15 indicators such as pollutants, turbidity, sediments, and toxic discharges. The Superfund Sites Index is 10. Higher is better (100=best). Based upon the number and impact of EPA Superfund pollution sites in the county, including spending on the cleanup efforts. The UV Index in Mount Prospect = 3.6 and is a measure of an area's exposure to the sun's ultraviolet rays. This is most often a combination of sunny weather, altitude, and latitude. The UV Index has been defined by the WHO ( and is uniform worldwide.


The most recent city population of 56,852 individuals with a median age of 39.2 age the population dropped by -3.56% in Mount Prospect, Cook County, Illinois population since 2000 and are distributed over a density of 5,303.85 residents per square mile of area (2,047.82/km²). There are average 2.62 people per household in the 20,691 households with an average household income of $65,704 a year. The unemployment rate in Alabama is 8.20% of the available work force and has dropped -4.37% over the most recent 12-month period and the projected change in job supply over the next decade based on migration patterns, economic growth, and other factors will increase by 23.06%. The number of physicians in Mount Prospect per 100,000 population = 255.4.


The annual rainfall in Mount Prospect = 32 inches and the annual snowfall = 23.5 inches. The annual number of days with measurable precipitation (over .01 inch) = 109. The average number of days per year that are predominantly sunny = 186. 83 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily high temperature for the month of July and 10.8 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily low temperature for the month of January. The Comfort Index (higher=better) is 47, where higher values mean a more pleasant climate. The Comfort Index measure recognizes that humidity by itself isn't the problem. (Have you noticed nobody ever complains about the weather being 'cold and humid?) It's in the summertime that we notice the humidity the most, when it's hot and muggy. Our Comfort Index uses a combination of afternoon summer temperature and humidity to closely predict the effect that the humidity will have on people.

Median Home Cost

The percentage of housing units in Mount Prospect, Cook County, Illinois which are owned by the occupant = 69.75%. A housing unit is a house, apartment, mobile home, or room occupied as separate living quarters. The average age of homes = 40 years with median home cost = $250,570 and home appreciation of -18.19%. This is the value of the years most recent home sales data. Its important to note that this is not the average (or arithmetic mean). The median home price is the middle value when you arrange all the sales prices of homes from lowest to highest. This is a better indicator than the average, because the median is not changed as much by a few unusually high or low values. The property tax rate of $16.10 shown here is the rate per $1,000 of home value. If for simplification for example the tax rate is $14.00 and the home value is $250,000, the property tax would be $14.00 x ($250,000/1000), or $3500. This is the 'effective' tax rate.


The local school district spends $5,182 per student. There are 18 students for each teacher in the school. 4565.78% of the area’s population over the age of 25 with an Associate Degree or other 2-year college degree, 23.15% with a master’s degree, Ph.D. or other advanced college degree and 11.79% with high school diplomas or high school equivalency degrees (GEDs).

  • Mount Prospect's population in Cook County, Illinois of 1,342 residents in 1900 has increased 42,36-fold to 56,852 residents after 120 years, according to the official 2020 census.

    Approximately 50.11% female residents and 49.89% male residents live in Mount Prospect, Cook County, Illinois.

    As of 2020 in Mount Prospect, Cook County, Illinois are married and the remaining 38.01% are single population.

  • 29.9 minutes is the average time that residents in Mount Prospect require for a one-way commute to work. A long commute can have different effects on health. A Gallup poll in the US found that in terms of mental health, long haul commuters are up to 12 percent more likely to experience worry, and ten percent less likely to feel well rested. The Gallup poll also found that of people who commute 61­–90 minutes each day, a whopping one third complained of neck and back pain, compared to less than a quarter of people who only spend ten minutes getting to work.

    78.60% of the working population which commute to work alone in their car, 10.49% of the working population which commutes to work in a carpool, 6.11% of the population that commutes using mass transit, including bus, light rail, subway, and ferry. 2.20% of the population that has their home as their principal place of work.

  • Of the total residential buildings in Mount Prospect, Cook County, Illinois, 69.75% are owner-occupied homes, another 27.66% are rented apartments, and the remaining 2.59% are vacant.

  • The 56.06% of the population in Mount Prospect, Cook County, Illinois who identify themselves as belonging to a religion are distributed among the following most diverse religions.

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