is a village in Cook County, Illinois, United States. The population was 8,297 at the 2000 census. The current Mayor is Arlene Jezierny. She is the second woman to serve as mayor in Harwood Heights, the first being Mayor Margaret Fuller.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 0.8 square miles (2.1 km²), all of it land.
As of the census of 2000, there were 8,297 people, 3,505 households, and 2,183 families residing in the village. The population density was 10,094.4 people per square mile (3,906.7/km²). There were 3,606 housing units at an average density of 4,387.2/sq mi (1,697.9/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 92.13% White, 0.31% African American, 0.24% Native American, 4.42% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 1.54% from other races, and 1.33% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.83% of the population.
Harwood Heights has been listed as among the top 10 communities in the United States with the highest percentage of residents born in Italy (4.9%). It is also listed as an Illinois community with a significant number of Polish Americans.
There were 3,505 households out of which 23.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.3% were married couples living together, 10.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.7% were non-families. 33.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.37 and the average family size was 3.06.
In the village the population was spread out with 18.5% under the age of 18, 7.5% from 18 to 24, 28.1% from 25 to 44, 25.3% from 45 to 64, and 20.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 88.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.6 males.
The median income for a household in the village was $43,288, and the median income for a family was $52,169. Males had a median income of $40,329 versus $29,552 for females. The per capita income for the village was $22,558. About 4.0% of families and 4.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.1% of those under age 18 and 10.9% of those age 65 or over.