Bloomingdale Township, DuPage County, Illinois

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Bloomingdale Township, located in DuPage County, Illinois, USA, is among the nine townships in the county. According to the 2020 census, its population stood at 111,875, with 42,488 housing units. Established on November 6, 1849, the township covers a total area of 35.38 square miles, comprising 34.17 square miles (96.59%) of land and 1.21 square miles (3.41%) of water.

Geographically, Bloomingdale Township encompasses parts of various municipalities, including Addison (west quarter), Bloomingdale, Carol Stream (partial), Glendale Heights (majority), Hanover Park (partial), Itasca (partial), Lombard (north edge), Roselle (partial), Schaumburg (partial), and Winfield (north edge). Unincorporated towns within the township include Cloverdale, Glen Ellyn, Countryside, Keeneyville, Medinah, and Swift.

Bloomingdale Township is traversed by several major highways, including Interstate 355, U.S. Route 20, Illinois Route 19, Illinois Route 53, Illinois Route 64, and Illinois Route 390. Additionally, it features Clarke Heliport, Mitchell Field (historical), and a portion of Schaumburg Regional Airport. Noteworthy lakes within the township include Kadijah Lake and Mallard Lake. Moreover, landmarks such as the Du Page County Forest Preserve and Mallard Lake County Forest Preserve contribute to the township's natural landscape

History of Townships and ZIP Codes in the United States

In the United States, townships represent the oldest form of government still in operation today. Dating back to 1636, American settlers introduced this system as a way to escape the autocratic governance prevalent in Europe. This grassroots democratic process was carried out through town meetings, where residents gathered to discuss important matters and establish local laws.

In Illinois, township government was established in 1849 following the adoption of the Illinois Constitution of 1848. This constitution allowed voters in each county to choose between establishing township governments or adopting a county commission form of government without townships. Presently, 85 out of the 102 counties in Illinois operate under the township form of government, with a total of 1,433 townships serving over eight million residents.

Townships are distinct geographic areas separate from cities and counties. While a large city may contain multiple townships, a single township may encompass several smaller towns. Township government functions at the local level and is intended to address the basic needs of the community. It is designed to operate closely with the residents it serves, particularly in rural areas where townships often serve as the primary source of social services and road maintenance.

Illinois townships are mandated by law to fulfill three primary functions:

  • General Assistance: Providing food, shelter, or emergency relief to individuals in need until they are able to support themselves or qualify for other forms of assistance.
  • Property Assessment: Township Assessors determine property values for all properties within the township.
  • Road and Bridge Maintenance: Townships collectively maintain approximately 71,000 miles of roads in Illinois, representing over half of the state's total road miles.

ZIP Code: Zone Improvement Plan

  • A ZIP Code, short for Zone Improvement Plan, is a postal code system utilized by the United States Postal Service (USPS). The term "ZIP" was chosen to convey the idea that mail moves more efficiently and swiftly (like "zipping along") when senders include the code in the postal address.
  • Introduced on July 1, 1963, the original format consisted of five digits. In 1983, an extended version called ZIP+4 was introduced, which included the initial five digits of the ZIP Code followed by a hyphen and four additional digits specifying a more precise location.
  • Both "ZIP Code" and "ZIP+4" are trademarks of the USPS, with "ZIP Code" also being a registered service mark until 1997.
  • The history of postal codes dates back to postal district/zone numbers. In May 1943, the United States Post Office Department (USPOD) implemented postal zones for 178 major cities. Postmaster General Frank Walker explained that this system was devised to assist inexperienced postal clerks, as many experienced clerks were entering the military at the time.

Bloomingdale Township Zip Codes and Postal Codes

  • Bloomingdale Township encompasses the following ZIP codes: 60101, 60103, 60108, 60137, 60133, 60139, 60143, 60148, 60157, 60172, 60185, 60188, and 60190.

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