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Winnetka is a village in Cook County, in the Chicago metro area.
The community name is believed to derive from an Indian term for "beautiful place."
The latitude of Winnetka is 42.108N. The longitude is -87.735W.It is in the Central Standard time zone. Elevation is 653 feet.
The estimated population, in 2003, was 12,386.
In the 1850s, a railway line into Chicago was initiated, enabling the community to grow beyond its agricultural roots.
The village was incorporated in 1869.
Sections below provide additional information and links about Winnetka demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Cook County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, Chicago area jobs, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 60043 ZIP code.
18% of Winnetka residents report German ancestry, and 18% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Winnetka ancestry & family history guide.
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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Winnetka was $84,134, compared with $21,587 nationally.
84% of Winnetka residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.
Median rent in Winnetka, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $1,018. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $3,629.
Libraries in Winnetka include Winnetka Public Library ... View libraries
Cook County supported John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Winnetka political report.
The average commute time for Winnetka workers is 34 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.
A total of 1 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Winnetka between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
This is a rate of .8 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.
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