South Holland, Illinois
|South Holland, Illinois|
|— Village —|
|Motto: "A Heritage of Faith; An Emphasis on Family; A Home for Our Future"|
|• Mayor||Don A. DeGraff|
|• Total||7.28 sq mi (18.9 km2)|
|• Land||7.27 sq mi (18.8 km2)|
|• Water||0.02 sq mi (0.05 km2) 0.27%|
|• Density||3,030.3/sq mi (1,170.0/km2)|
|Down .05% from 2000|
|Standard of living (2009-11)|
|• Per capita income||$25,887|
|• Median home value||$168,600|
||This section needs additional citations for verification. (April 2012)|
The area currently occupied by South Holland, Illinois, was first settled in 1846 by immigrants from South Holland, Netherlands. When the community formally incorporated as a village in 1894, its population was about 1,000. Originally a general farming community, it later specialized in vegetable growing, especially onion sets. By the 1940s South Holland was known as the "Onion Set Capital of the World". The town was built on low ground near the Calumet River and was originally called de Laage Prairie (Low Prairie) to differentiate it from another Dutch settlement further north on higher ground and called de Hooge Prairie (now the Roseland neighborhood of Chicago).
Distinctive traits 
South Holland is an anomaly in Chicago Southland because of its laws. All businesses (except travel-related establishments such as hotels, restaurants, and gas stations) are closed on Sunday. This can be seen easily when driving on one of the village's main thoroughfares—162nd Street or South Park Avenue. South Holland is a "dry" municipality; that is, no alcohol is sold anywhere within the village limits. Additionally, the sale or rental of pornographic material is prohibited in South Holland. The village's franchise agreements with cable television providers restrict adult-oriented programming. Zoning restrictions do not allow the development of apartment buildings or condominiums. These laws are a remnant of the village's religious roots as a settlement of conservative Dutch Reformed immigrants. Even today, South Holland's motto is "A Community of Churches".
According to the 2010 census, the village has a total area of 7.28 square miles (18.9 km2), of which 7.27 square miles (18.8 km2) (or 99.86%) is land and 0.02 square miles (0.052 km2) (or 0.27%) is water.
As of the census of 2000, there were 22,147 people, 7,663 households, and 6,007 families residing in the village. The population density was 3,042.1 people per square mile (1,174.6/km²). There were 7,825 housing units at an average density of 1,074.8 per square mile (415.0/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 50.81% African American, 45.04% White, 0.17% Native American, 0.86% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 1.93% from other races, and 1.18% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.77% of the population.
There were 7,663 households out of which 33.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.8% were married couples living together, 12.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 21.6% were non-families. 19.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.82 and the average family size was 3.24.
In the village the population was spread out with 25.6% under the age of 18, 7.0% from 18 to 24, 25.5% from 25 to 44, 24.3% from 45 to 64, and 17.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 89.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.6 males.
The median income for a household in the village was $60,246, and the median income for a family was $67,451. Males had a median income of $46,582 versus $35,557 for females. The per capita income for the village was $24,977. About 2.8% of families and 4.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.9% of those under age 18 and 4.2% of those age 65 or over.
South Holland is in Illinois' 2nd congressional district.
Notable people 
- Carole Boller, painter
- Eddy Curry, forward for the Chicago Bulls, New York Knicks, and Miami Heat
- Kevin DeYoung, pastor, author
- Kevin Drumm, musician
- Cliff Floyd, All-Star outfielder for seven Major League Baseball teams
- Norman J. Kansfield, minister noted for being suspended after officiating at his daughter's same-sex marriage
- James Meeks, state senator, representing Illinois' 15th district
- Mark Mulder, pitcher for the Oakland Athletics and St. Louis Cardinals
- Steve Trout, pitcher for the Chicago White Sox, Chicago Cubs, New York Yankees, and Seattle Mariners
- Jason Weaver, actor and singer
South Holland is served by several school districts:
- School District 150 South Holland
- Greenwood School (K-3)
- McKinley School (4-8)
- South Holland School District 151
- Taft School (PreK-1)
- Eisenhower School (2-3)
- Madison School (4-5)
- Coolidge Junior High School (6-8)
The private K-8 schools, Calvin Christian School and Calvary Academy, are located in South Holland. Seton Academy is a Catholic co-educational high school located in the village. It was formerly an all-girls school until 2003 when boys were admitted.
South Holland is home to the main campus of South Suburban College.
In literature 
- "Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (DP-1): South Holland village, Illinois". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved March 20, 2013.
- "Most Livable Metro-Area Suburbs". Forbes. 11 October 2007.
- "Distinctive Traits". Village of South Holland.
- "Statement regarding the availability of "on-demand" cable programming". Village of South Holland.
- "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
- "2010 Census U.S. Gazetteer Files for Places – Illinois". United States Census. Retrieved 2012-10-13.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.