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Downers Grove is a village in Downers Grove and Lisle Townships, DuPage County, Illinois, located 19 miles west of Chicago. The population was 48,724 at the 2000 United States Census. The United States Census Bureau estimated the population in 2008 to be 49,250.

Downers Grove prides itself on the presence of a large collection of Sears-Roebuck Catalog Homes, built using purchased kits between 1908 and 1940. During 2006 and 2007, a movement arose to establish the 1846 Blodgett House as a museum of the Underground Railroad. The house has now been moved onto the Downers Grove Museum Campus. In 2000, the mean value of all owner-occupied housing units was $215,754 and the median value was $195,900.

The village is home to the Downers Grove Heritage Festival each June, however, Mayor Sandack postponed the 2010 Heritage Fest (and possibly beyond) due to budget cuts for the village. On Friday nights in the summer, antique and specialty cars park downtown in an informal car show. The Indian Boundary YMCA sponsors a Saturday morning farmer's market from June to October, and an ice sculpture festival is held in January. An annual cycling event, the National Criterium Championships, is hosted in August. The event draws racers and cycling enthusiasts from all over the country and the world.

The high school sporting events draw large crowds, especially the annual football game between Downers Grove North High School and Downers Grove South High School, the annual competition between the Hinsdale Central High School and the Downers Grove North football teams for the Old Oaken Bucket, and the football game for the Cannon between Hinsdale South High School and Downers Grove South.

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As of the last census, there were 18,979 house holds out of which 32.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.1% were married couples living together, and 7.2% had a female house holder with no husband present. 27.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average house hold size was 2.53 and the average family size was 3.13.

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