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Chicago Heights

  •   State: 
    Cook County
    Chicago Heights
      County FIPS: 
    41°30′43″N 87°38′25″W
      Area total: 
    10.30 sq mi (26.67 km²)
      Area land: 
    10.28 sq mi (26.63 km²)
      Area water: 
    0.01 sq mi (0.03 km²)
    1893; Incorporated 1893
  •   Latitude: 
      Dman name cbsa: 
    Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI
    Eastern Standard Time (EST) UTC-5:00; Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) UTC-4:00
      ZIP codes: 

    Chicago Heights, Cook County, Illinois, United States

  •   Population: 
      Population density: 
    2,672.37 residents per square mile of area (1,031.85/km²)
      Household income: 
      Unemployment rate: 
  •   Sales taxes: 
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Chicago Heights lies on the high land of the Tinley Moraine, with the higher and older Valparaiso Moraine lying just to the south of the city. The city's major crossroads are at Dixie Highway (Illinois Route 1) and Lincoln Highway (U.S. Route 30) The population was 27,480 at the 2020 census. In earlier years, Chicago Heights was nicknamed "The Crossroads of the Nation". Currently, it is nicknamed 'The Heights' The city has a total area of 10.30 square miles (26.68 km²), of which 10.28 square miles of land (99.87 km²) is land and 0.01 sq miles of water (0.13km²) Chicago Heights is home to Bloom High School, which all students of after 8th grade, and Bloom Trail High School, which shares its athletic programs with Bloom. Many students from neighboring communities including Steger, South Chicago Heights, Ford Heights, Sauk Village and Glenwood attend high school at Bloom. Only some students from Flossmoor School District 161 move on to Parker Jr. High School in Chicago Heights. There are also many elementary schools that operate at church locations located at Chicago Mayfield Public Library. There is a community college located in Chicago Park Heights, which is a private school located in the Chicago suburb of Mayfield. The school district operates eleven schools, with a student population of 3,600. It is a part of the Chicago Archocese of the Catholic Church.


Chicago Heights is the primary city name, but also Chicago Hts, Ford Heights, Lynwood, S Chicago Hei, S Chicago Heights, S Chicago Hts, Sauk Village, South Chicago Heights are acceptable city names or spellings, Otto Mall on the other hand no longer accepted or obsolete and are no longer used as a designation. According to the 2021 census gazetteer files, Chicago Heights has a total area of 10.30 square miles (26.68 km²) of which 99.87% is land. The city's major crossroads are at Dixie Highway (Illinois Route 1) and Lincoln Highway (U.S. Route 30) The city is about 30 miles (48 km) south of the Chicago Loop. Chicago Heights lies on the high land of the Tinley Moraine, with the higher and older Valparaiso Moraine lying just to the south. The town is located on the Illinois River, which runs through the center of the city. The Chicago River flows through the city, which is a tributary to the Chicago River. The river is one of the few places in the United States where it is not crossed by a major highway. It is also the only source of water for the city of Chicago, which has a water intake of less than 1/4 of a mile (1/3 of a kilometre) per year. The water supply in the city is largely made up of groundwater, which the city uses to water its parks and other recreational areas. It also has a small amount of rainwater, which it uses to irrigate the city's parks and fields. The area has a population of 1,000,000 (1.1% of the total population of the U.S.) It is the only city in the state of Illinois that is not located in the Chicago metropolitan area.


As of the 2020 census there were 27,480 people, 9,736 households, and 6,708 families residing in the city. There were 10,663 housing units at an average density of 1,035.64 per square mile (399.86/km²) The city's age distribution consisted of 26.9% under the age of 18, 10.7% from 18 to 24, 24.2% from 25 to 44, 23.4% from 45 to 64, and 14.9%. The median age was 35.4 years. For every 100 females, there were 94.5 males. The median income for a family was $59,536. The per capita income for the city was $21,948. About 18.6% of families and 24.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 33.0% of those under age 18 and 22.7%) of those age 65 or over. The city is located on the U.S.-Mexico border. It was the site of the World War II-era Battle of the Bulge. It is now home to a military base and a military air base. It has a population of about 27,000 people, including about 10,000 military personnel and about 6,000 reservists. The U.N. has a consulate in the town, which is home to the American Museum of Natural History and the National Museum of American History. It also has a museum of African-American and Native American history.


Chicago Heights is home to Bloom High School, which all students of District 170 attend after 8th grade. There are also many elementary schools that operate at church locations. The Chicago Heights Free Public Library was a million-dollar building that opened with 60,000 books, records, and other materials. The library was located at 1627 Halsted Street and opened on September 11, 1903, with a staff of two and 1,643 volumes. The Carnegie Library in Chicago Heights was designed by Richard E. Schmidt and opened in February 1902. It is located at 15th Street and Chicago Road and was opened on February 20, 1902. Chicago Heights School District 170 operates eleven schools with a student population of 3,600. There is also Prairie State College, affiliated with the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago, which is located in the city. The school district is part of Flossmoor School District 161, which includes Serena Hills Elementary School and Parker Jr. High School. Parts of Chicago Heights are also served by Park Forest School District 163, and Beacon Hill Primary Center is in the Beacon Hill neighborhood. Students from this neighborhood attend Rich East High School, part of Rich Township High School District 227, is a private high school located in city. It was founded in 1902 by a group of residents who wanted to start a free public library in the area. The first library board members were sworn in on June 28, 1901, including Sam W. Lea, F.W. Schact, W.E. Canady, James Bowie, David Wallace, Joseph Caldwell, and A.J. Sorensen.


Chicago Heights was once home to a number of major industrial concerns, including the Thrall Car Manufacturing Company. The city was also the original home of the Inland Steel Company. Ford Motor Company operates a metal stamping plant located along Lincoln Highway in Chicago Heights. This facility produces automobile body panels that are shipped to Ford's Chicago Assembly plant approximately 15 miles (24 km) to the north in the Hegewisch community area of Chicago. It is also home to the Chicago International Airport, a major international airport, and the Chicago Cubs baseball stadium. It was the site of the World Series football game between the United States and Germany in 1988. It also hosted the Winter Olympics in 1988 and the Winter Games in 1992. It has been home to several professional sports teams, such as the Chicago Bulls, Chicago Cubs, Chicago Blackhawks and Chicago White Sox, as well as the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Chicago Bears, and Chicago Cubs football teams. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is based in the city, with a base at the Chicago Heights Army Ammunition Plant. The Chicago Heights High School is located in the heart of the city and was founded in the early 1900s. The University of Chicago has a baseball team, the Chicago Red Sox, which has been in existence since the 1930s and has won two World Series titles. The Illinois State Police, which was established in the late 1800s, also has a base in the town. The town is home to two high schools, one of which opened in the 1950s.


Chicago Heights is served by six Pace bus routes and the Pace Chicago Heights Terminal. There are also two Aunt Martha's health centers in Chicago Heights. There was a Well Group Clinic (part of St. James) located on Dixie Highway. In September 2018, the Well Group clinic closed after more than 100 years of operation. There is also a community center on the corner of Dixie and Wacker Drive. The community center is located on the north side of the city. It was previously known as Suburban Heights Medical Center. It is now known as Well Group Medical Center and is on the south side of Wacker Dr. and the east side of Chicago. It has been open to the public for more than 50 years. It also has a medical center on its north side, which was closed in 2010. It's also on the west side, where it was known as the West Side Medical Center, which closed in 2011. There were also two community centers, which were closed in 2008 and 2009. There's also a public library, which is located in the community center, which has been closed since 2008. It used to be part of the University of Illinois at Chicago, but has since been moved to a new location. It will reopen in the spring of 2015. There will also be a library on the second floor of the hospital, which will be called the "Well Group Library" The community centre is located at the center of the community, on the northwest corner of the town, and it will be known as "Aunt Martha's".

Sister Cities

Chicago Heights has 4 sister cities. Chicago Heights has sister cities in Ghana, Mexico, Italy, Poland, Mexico and Italy. It also has a sister city in Wadowice, Lesser Poland Voivodeship, Poland. The city also has Sister Cities in Ascoli Piceno, San Luis Potosí, San Benedetto del Tronto and Asuogyaman District, Ghana. The sister cities are all located in the city of Chicago Heights.Chicago Heights also has sister Cities in: Wadowices, San Luis Potosí and San Luis Cedral, and San Luiz Puerto Pososí. It has a Sister City in Wadowice in Poland, and a sister City in San Luxembourg. It is also sister City to San Benedetto de Tronto in Italy, and sister City of San Benetto in Ascoli Piceno in Marche, Italy. The town has 4 Sister Cities elsewhere in the world, including sister cities in Italy, Ghana, Mexico and Poland. The City of Chicago has Sister cities in Mexico, Ghana, San Luis Pozosí and Italy, and Sister Cities in Wadowsice and San Leonardo, Polish Vatican City, Italy. It also has Sister City in San Pompeo, in Poland, Sister Cities in Milan, Italy and Sister Cinque Terre, Ascoli, In Ce, Tropico, Pomerania.

Air Quality, Water Quality, Superfund Sites & UV Index

The Air Quality index is in Chicago Heights, Cook County, Illinois = 6.8. These Air Quality index is based on annual reports from the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The number of ozone alert days is used as an indicator of air quality, as are the amounts of seven pollutants including particulates, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, lead, and volatile organic chemicals. The Water Quality Index is 31. A measure of the quality of an area’s water supply as rated by the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The EPA has a complex method of measuring the watershed quality, using 15 indicators such as pollutants, turbidity, sediments, and toxic discharges. The Superfund Sites Index is 10. Higher is better (100=best). Based upon the number and impact of EPA Superfund pollution sites in the county, including spending on the cleanup efforts. The UV Index in Chicago Heights = 3.6 and is a measure of an area's exposure to the sun's ultraviolet rays. This is most often a combination of sunny weather, altitude, and latitude. The UV Index has been defined by the WHO ( and is uniform worldwide.


The most recent city population of 27,480 individuals with a median age of 32 age the population dropped by -6.14% in Chicago Heights, Cook County, Illinois population since 2000 and are distributed over a density of 2,672.37 residents per square mile of area (1,031.85/km²). There are average 3.03 people per household in the 9,938 households with an average household income of $41,111 a year. The unemployment rate in Alabama is 15.90% of the available work force and has dropped -4.37% over the most recent 12-month period and the projected change in job supply over the next decade based on migration patterns, economic growth, and other factors will increase by 15.36%. The number of physicians in Chicago Heights per 100,000 population = 255.4.


The annual rainfall in Chicago Heights = 36.9 inches and the annual snowfall = 28.7 inches. The annual number of days with measurable precipitation (over .01 inch) = 110. The average number of days per year that are predominantly sunny = 191. 84 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily high temperature for the month of July and 13.9 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily low temperature for the month of January. The Comfort Index (higher=better) is 47, where higher values mean a more pleasant climate. The Comfort Index measure recognizes that humidity by itself isn't the problem. (Have you noticed nobody ever complains about the weather being 'cold and humid?) It's in the summertime that we notice the humidity the most, when it's hot and muggy. Our Comfort Index uses a combination of afternoon summer temperature and humidity to closely predict the effect that the humidity will have on people.

Median Home Cost

The percentage of housing units in Chicago Heights, Cook County, Illinois which are owned by the occupant = 57.16%. A housing unit is a house, apartment, mobile home, or room occupied as separate living quarters. The average age of homes = 51 years with median home cost = $73,850 and home appreciation of -15.96%. This is the value of the years most recent home sales data. Its important to note that this is not the average (or arithmetic mean). The median home price is the middle value when you arrange all the sales prices of homes from lowest to highest. This is a better indicator than the average, because the median is not changed as much by a few unusually high or low values. The property tax rate of $16.10 shown here is the rate per $1,000 of home value. If for simplification for example the tax rate is $14.00 and the home value is $250,000, the property tax would be $14.00 x ($250,000/1000), or $3500. This is the 'effective' tax rate.


The local school district spends $5,372 per student. There are 18 students for each teacher in the school, 3138 students for each Librarian and 1046 students for each Counselor. 6.63% of the area’s population over the age of 25 with an Associate Degree or other 2-year college degree, 8.30% with a master’s degree, Ph.D. or other advanced college degree and 3.91% with high school diplomas or high school equivalency degrees (GEDs).

  • Chicago Heights's population in Cook County, Illinois of 5,100 residents in 1900 has increased 5,39-fold to 27,480 residents after 120 years, according to the official 2020 census.

    Approximately 50.88% female residents and 49.12% male residents live in Chicago Heights, Cook County, Illinois.

    As of 2020 in Chicago Heights, Cook County, Illinois are married and the remaining 51.18% are single population.

  • 28.4 minutes is the average time that residents in Chicago Heights require for a one-way commute to work. A long commute can have different effects on health. A Gallup poll in the US found that in terms of mental health, long haul commuters are up to 12 percent more likely to experience worry, and ten percent less likely to feel well rested. The Gallup poll also found that of people who commute 61­–90 minutes each day, a whopping one third complained of neck and back pain, compared to less than a quarter of people who only spend ten minutes getting to work.

    72.46% of the working population which commute to work alone in their car, 15.23% of the working population which commutes to work in a carpool, 6.45% of the population that commutes using mass transit, including bus, light rail, subway, and ferry. 1.33% of the population that has their home as their principal place of work.

  • Of the total residential buildings in Chicago Heights, Cook County, Illinois, 57.16% are owner-occupied homes, another 33.35% are rented apartments, and the remaining 9.49% are vacant.

  • The 56.06% of the population in Chicago Heights, Cook County, Illinois who identify themselves as belonging to a religion are distributed among the following most diverse religions.

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