Burr Ridge water tower

Burr Ridge water tower | Sun-Times Media file photo

History:

The area that is now known as the village of Burr Ridge originally belonged to Native American’s from multiple tribes. The Sioux, Pottawattamie, Ottawa and Chippewa tribes all inhabited the area until the were relocated west after the treaty of 1835. The land was then not settled until 1950 when more farmers began to move into the area. In 1956 a group of 143 residents came together to form the Denemark Farm, which is what is now known as the Burr Ridge Industrial commons. This area was incorporated two days later as the village of Harvester. Five years later, in August, new territories were annexed to the village, including the area that is now known as the Burr Ridge Estates. In 1962 the village of Harvester officially changed it’s name to the village of Burr Ridge, after the name a local farmer gave the large stand of burr oak trees that stood in the village. For more on the village history, visit the Village of Burr Ridge.

The village of Indian Head Park was a product of developer of Norman Higby, who started a subdivision in the area that is what is now the village during the 1940s. The first homes were referred to as “Old Town” and housed 19 families, the original owners of the Higby development. There were two more stages until the village was incorporated in 1959. The second included more houses, and the third included an 18-hole golf course. The village was incorporated on Aug. 4, 1959. For more on the village history, visit the village of Indian Head Park online.

Population: 

Burr Ridge: According to the 2010 Census, the village of Burr Ridge has 10,559 residents. Of the residents, 2,233 are under the age of 18, 8,326 are between 18 and 65 and 2,117 are over 65.

Indian Head Park: According to the 2010 Census, the village of Indian Head Park has 3,809 residents. Of the residents, 1,698 are under the age of 18, 2,111 are between 18 and 1,142 are over 65.

Demographics:

Burr Ridge

White: 8,487
African American: 209
Asian: 1,568
American Indian and Alaska Native: 5
Other: 96
Identified by two or more: 194

Source: Village of Burr Ridge 2010 Census

Indian Head Park

White: 3,515
African American: 64
Asian: 113
American Indian and Alaska Native: 3
Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander: 1
Other: 51
Identified by two or more: 62

Source: Village of Indian Head Park 2010 Census

Housing: 

The village of Burr Ridge’s median household income for the village is $81,192 according to Census data from 2006-2010.

Local government:

Burr Ridge

Indian Head Park

(Unofficial) Town Motto: 

“A Very Special Place”

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Notable People:

  • Jim Peterik - Member of the band, Survivor, lead singer of the Ides of March, co-writer of “Eye of the Tiger.”
  • Bo Jackson, former professional football and baseball athlete

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