Niles is a village located in Cook County with a population of close to 30,000 people. Niles is located with Skokie to the east, Morton Grove to the Northeast, Glenview to the North, and Chicago to the west. The North Branch of the Chicago River passes through the eastern part of Niles. The median income for a family in the area is close to $60,000, which is above the national average, indicating that this is a relatively affluent village. With a positive motto, “It’s Possible Here”, residents have an optimistic take and are always welcoming to all visitors.
The initial inhabitants of Niles were the Potawatomi Indians in the 1700’s. The first settlers of Niles arrived in 1827 and were mostly German. In 1870, Niles had a population of only about 200 people. Niles was officially incorporated in 1899 with a man named John Huntington elected as the first mayor. In 1932, a recreational park with swimming pools, cabanas, and a half size replica of the leaning tower of Pisa was built, which is iconic today.
The expansion of Niles began with the annexing of unincorporated area, which became what is known today as the Golf Mill Shopping Center. This along with the newly built village administration building, Fitness and Senior Center, enlargement of the library, and more greatly aided in the expansion of the village as well as greatly increasing the population.
Residents of Niles have the opportunity to attend Maine East, Main South, Niles North, and Niles West High Schools. In 2009, Maine East was ranked #1192 public school in the U.S. in 2009 and #1181 in 2006. Maine South was ranked 9th by the Chicago Tribune among public non-magnet high schools in Illinois. Newsweek ranked Niles West High School in the list of the top 1,000 public schools in the nation. Based on these acknowledgements, it can be inferred that this area is an excellent place to raise a family and to provide an excellent education for students.
Niles offers many wonderful amenities such as: excellent public education system, low crime rates, awesome restaurants, shopping, and countless others. All of these great amenities as well as the fun living environment make Niles a one of a kind place to live. People love to visit Niles because of the replica of the Leaning Tower of Pisa, known as the Leaning Tower of Niles as well as the Golf Maine Park District and Niles Park District Oasis Waterpark. Niles is an exceptional place to live, raise a family, and to visit.
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