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Downers Grove is a village in Downers Grove, Lisle, and York Townships, DuPage County, Illinois, United States. The population was 43,889at the 2010 census, with an official estimated population of 43,989 in 2012.Forbes Magazine named Downers Grove #8 in America's Friendliest Towns. According to the 2010 American Community Survey Census, Downers Grove boasts one of the nation's most educated citizenry. CNN has also ranked the town #5 in its Best Places for a Healthy Retirement list, citing the village's expansive parks and number of doctors and hospitals. Liveability.com named it #2 in its list of best cities in America for kids.HistoryDowners Grove was founded in 1832 by Pierce Downer, a religious evangelist from Wampsville, New York. Its other early settlers included the Blodgett, Curtiss, and Carpenter families. The original settlers were mostly migrants from the Northeastern United States and Northern Europe. The first schoolhouse was built in 1844.During the American Civil War, 119 soldiers from Downers Grove served in the Union Army; at least one of these was interred in the cemetery of Richards's. There was an abolitionist presence in the village, and some of the older houses are thought to have been stops on the Underground Railroad.
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