Olympia Fields, Illinois

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Coordinates: 41°31′6″N 87°41′34″W / 41.51833°N 87.69278°W / 41.51833; -87.69278
Olympia Fields, Illinois
Village
Country United States
State Illinois
County Cook
Coordinates 41°31′6″N 87°41′34″W / 41.51833°N 87.69278°W / 41.51833; -87.69278
Area 2.94 sq mi (8 km2)
 - land 2.94 sq mi (8 km2)
 - water 0.00 sq mi (0 km2)
Population 4,988 (2010)
Density 1,696.6 / sq mi (655 / km2)
Founded 1927
Government Village
Village president Linzey D. Jones
Timezone CST (UTC-6)
 - summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Postal code 60461
Area code 708
Location of Olympia Fields within Illinois
Location of Olympia Fields within Illinois
Wikimedia Commons: Olympia Fields, Illinois
Website: www.olympia-fields.com

Olympia Fields is a village in Cook County, Illinois, United States. The population was 4,988 at the 2010 census.[1] It is the location of the prestigious Olympia Fields Country Club, and is also noteworthy as one of the wealthiest "majority black" communities in the United States.

History[edit]

Investors in the 1910s sought land in what is now Olympia Fields for a golf course catering to Chicago's elite. Among these investors was Charles Beach, who envisioned a residential community to surround the golf course. The golf course and club were established in 1915. Its name, Olympia Fields Country Club, was selected by University of Chicago coach Alonzo Stagg.[2]

In 1927, the Olympia Fields residential community formally completed the process of incorporation as a village. Charles Beach was the village's first president.

Olympia Fields has been host to two U.S. Open championships (1928 and 2003), two PGA Championship tournaments (1925 and 1961) and the 1997 U.S. Senior Open.

Geography[edit]

Olympia Fields is located at 41°31′6″N 87°41′34″W / 41.51833°N 87.69278°W / 41.51833; -87.69278 (41.518290, -87.692744).[3]

According to the 2010 census, the village has a total area of 2.94 square miles (7.6 km2), all land.[4]

Demographics[edit]

As of the census of 2010, there were 4,988 people, 1,951 households, and 1,374 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,696.6 people per square mile (656.3/km²). There were 2,104 housing units at an average density of 715.6 per square mile (276.8/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 25.3% white, 69.5% black or African American, 0.1% American Indian or Alaska Native, 2.3% Asian, 0.8% some other race, and 1.9% two or more races. Hispanic or Latino residents of any race made up 2.5% of the population.[1]

There were 1,951 households, out of which 26.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.3% were headed by married couples living together, 11.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.6% were non-families. 26.9% of households were made up of individuals, and 18.7% were someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.53, and the average family size was 3.08.[1]

In the village the population was spread out with 19.1% under the age of 18, 6.6% from 18 to 24, 16.3% from 25 to 44, 32.4% from 45 to 64, and 25.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 50.5 years. For every 100 females there were 86.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.5 males.[1]

For the period 2007-11, the estimated median annual income for a household in the village was $80,888, and the median income for a family was $88,839. Male full-time workers had a median income of $90,761 versus $58,750 for females. The per capita income for the village was $46,486. About 5.2% of families and 8.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.1% of those under age 18 and 5.7% of those age 65 or over.[5]

Government[edit]

Olympia Fields is in Illinois's 2nd congressional district. The current president is Debbie Meyers-Martin. The Village Administrator is David Mekarski.

Transportation[edit]

There is a Metra rail station in the village that offers commuters frequent scheduled round-trip transportation to Chicago on the Metra Electric Main Line.

On March 26, 2003, Olympia Fields and neighboring Park Forest were hit by a large meteorite shower, "the first time that a meteorite shower has hit such a populated area," according to Field Museum curator Meenakshi Wadhwa.[6] The museum spent about $30,000 to acquire about six pounds of meteorites that fell, and other meteorites were also recovered.

Education[edit]

School districts serving Olympia Fields include:

Notable people[edit]

  • R. Kelly, R&B singer, owns a house in Olympia Fields. As of August 2013, it had fallen into serious disrepair and was for sale for less than one fifth the value of the mortgage on the property.[7]

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