Downers Grove Township
Location in DuPage County
DuPage County's location in Illinois
Coordinates: 41°45′15″N 87°58′32″W / 41.75417°N 87.97556°W / 41.75417; -87.97556Coordinates: 41°45′15″N 87°58′32″W / 41.75417°N 87.97556°W / 41.75417; -87.97556
Country United States
State Illinois
SettledNovember 6, 1849
 • Total50.93 sq mi (131.9 km2)
 • Land49.56 sq mi (128.4 km2)
 • Water1.36 sq mi (3.5 km2)  2.67%
758 ft (231 m)
 • Estimate 
 • Density2,961.9/sq mi (1,143.6/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP codes
60439, 60480, 60514-60517, 60521, 60523, 60527, 60559, 60561
FIPS code17-043-20604

Downers Grove Township is one of nine townships in DuPage County, Illinois, USA. As of the 2010 census, its population was 146,795 and it contained 60,438 housing units.[2] It is the largest township in the county, both in terms of area and population.


Downers Grove Township is named for Pierce Downer, who settled in the neighborhood about 1830.[3]

In the mid 1800s Dexter Stanley donated land to build the Oak Hill Cemetery. Along with the adjacent Oak Crest Cemetery, both are still used today as Township maintained Cemeteries.[4]


According to the 2010 census, the township has a total area of 50.93 square miles (131.9 km2), of which 49.56 square miles (128.4 km2) (or 97.31%) is land and 1.36 square miles (3.5 km2) (or 2.67%) is water.[2]

Cities, towns, villages

Unincorporated towns

(This list is based on USGS data and may include former settlements.)

Extinct towns

(These towns are listed as "historical" by the USGS.)


The township contains these cemeteries: Cass, Clarendon Hills, Downers Grove, Fullersburg, Hinsdale Animal, Oak Crest, Oak Hill, Pierce Downer, Saint Johns Lutheran, Saint Mary of Gostyn and Saint Patricks Catholic, Zion Lutheran.

Major highways

Airports and landing strips




Adjacent townships


Historical population
Census Pop.
2016 (est.)148,570[1]
U.S. Decennial Census[5]

School districts

Elementary School Districts: Butler 53, Cass 63, Center Cass 66, 180, Darien 61, Downers Grove Grade 58, Gower 62, Hinsdale 181, Lemont-Bromberek 113A, Maercker 60 High School Districts: CHSD 99, Hinsdale Township 86, Lemont Township 210 Unit School Districts: Westmont Community Unit School District 201

Political districts


  1. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Population, Housing Units, Area, and Density: 2010 - County -- County Subdivision and Place -- 2010 Census Summary File 1". United States Census. Archived from the original on 2020-02-12. Retrieved 2013-05-28.
  3. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. pp. 108.
  4. ^ "Cemeteries". Downers Grove Township. Downers Grove, Illinois. 2011. Retrieved 7 November 2014.
  5. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2016.