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It is (at least) rumored that Wheaton has more churches per square mile than any other US city. One verson of the rumor claims that wheaton has more churches than any other place in the world next to Italy. Although I cannot seem to verify this online or find my book of world records, I can testify to seeing the loads of churches that line the downtown streets and to the pages long list of churches in the local area phone directory. It is also the home of the headquarters for the Theosophical Society in America, which includes an antique mansion, complete with dumbwaiters and centuries old furniture, an amazingly beautiful two story tall library, a large grounds with a labyrinth and tennis court, and an occult book shop and supply store. Wheaton also contains a very large monument to the (still living as of 2004) evangelist Billy Graham (called the Billy Graham Center, located on the Wheaton College Campus) which is chock full of pictures of Billy Graham, and strange conceptual exhibits intended to convey christian ideas. Anyone interested in investigating Ley Lines would surely have a field day connecting all the wheaton churches on a map and trying to find patterns of "energy vorticies".
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 29.2 km² (11.3 mi²). 29.1 km² (11.2 mi²) of it is land and 0.1 km² (0.04 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 0.35% water.
As of the census of 2000, there are 55,416 people, 19,377 households, and 13,718 families residing in the city. The population density is 1,907.0/km² (4,938.5/mi²). There are 19,881 housing units at an average density of 684.1/km² (1,771.7/mi²). The racial makeup of the city is 89.85% White, 2.82% African American, 0.11% Native American, 4.85% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 1.03% from other races, and 1.31% from two or more races. 3.65% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There are 19,377 households out of which 36.7% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.4% are married couples living together, 7.3% have a female householder with no husband present, and 29.2% are non-families. 24.5% of all households are made up of individuals and 7.5% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.64 and the average family size is 3.20.
In the city the population is spread out with 26.2% under the age of 18, 10.5% from 18 to 24, 28.8% from 25 to 44, 23.4% from 45 to 64, and 11.2% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 36 years. For every 100 females there are 94.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 90.0 males.
The median income for a household in the city is $73,385, and the median income for a family is $90,475. Males have a median income of $64,871 versus $38,485 for females. The per capita income for the city is $34,147. 3.6% of the population and 2.4% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 3.3% are under the age of 18 and 4.1% are 65 or older.