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Bellwood is a village in Cook County, in the Chicago metro area.

The latitude of Bellwood is 41.881N. The longitude is -87.883W.

It is in the Central Standard time zone. Elevation is 633 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 20,121.


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Median household income
Local
$52,856
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Bellwood demographic reports
Former and merged names include:
· Bellewood
· Chicago Great Western Junction
· Lovedale
The community experienced a dramatic case of white flight. African-Americans made up just 1% of the population in 1970. Over the next 20 years, the number soared to 70%.

The village sued local real-estate agents, accusing them of block busting, and won its case in the Supreme Court.

Bellwood's population grew quickly after construction of the Eisenhower Expressway in the 1950s.

Well-known residents have included:
· Eugene Cernan, astronaut
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was above the national average. (See library links below.)

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3% of Bellwood residents report German ancestry, and 2% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Bellwood ancestry & family history guide.

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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Bellwood was $19,420, compared with $21,587 nationally.

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12% of Bellwood residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Median rent in Bellwood, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $604.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $1,201.


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Libraries in Bellwood include Bellwood Public Library ... View libraries

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Cook County supported John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Bellwood political report.

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The average commute time for Bellwood workers is 29 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 4 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Bellwood between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of 1.9 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.

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