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James W. Loewen (1942-2021)

We mourn the loss of our friend and colleague and remain committed to the work he began.

Arlington Heights

Illinois

Basic Information

Type of Place
Suburb
Metro Area
N. Chicago
Politics c. 1860?
Unions, Organized Labor?

Sundown Town Status

Confirmed Sundown Town?
Probable
Was there an ordinance?
Don't Know
Sign?
Don’t Know
Year of Greatest Interest
1965
Still Sundown?
Surely Not

Census Information

The available census data from 1860 to the present
Total White Black Asian Native Hispanic Other BHshld
1860
1870
1880
1890 1424
1900 1380
1910
1920
1930 4997 2
1940 5668 3
1950 8768 1F
1960 27878 4F
1970 64884 27 5
1980
1990 75460 479
2000 76031 728
2010
2020

Method of Exclusion

  • Zoning
  • Realtors
  • Reputation
  • Unknown

Main Ethnic Group(s)

  • Unknown

Group(s) Excluded

  • Black

Comments

Famous Supreme Court case: According to the Supreme Court in the Arlington Heights case, plaintiffs must show only “that a discriminatory purpose has been a motivating factor in the decision,” not that race was a predominant factor. Village of Arlington Heights v. Metropolitan Housing Corp., 429 U.S. 252, 265-66 (1977). Unfortunately, the court did not have before it evidence of Arlington Heights as a sundown town.
Famous race track. Blacks have long played major roles with horse racing, but could not stay in Arlington Heights at night.
No longer sundown, but black % is still low. Interim census info. in 2005 showed fewer than 500 blacks in Arlingon Heights, about 0.5%.