Tinley Park, Illinois

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Tinley Park, Illinois
Village
TinleyPark is located in Illinois
TinleyPark
Tinley
Park
Coordinates: 41°34′26″N 87°48′14″W / 41.57389°N 87.80389°W / 41.57389; -87.80389Coordinates: 41°34′26″N 87°48′14″W / 41.57389°N 87.80389°W / 41.57389; -87.80389
Country  United States
State Illinois
Counties Cook, Will
Townships Bremen, Orland, Frankfort, Rich
Incorporated 1892
Government
 • Type Council-manager
 • Mayor Edward Zabrocki
Area
 • Total 16.04 sq mi (41.5 km2)
 • Land 16.02 sq mi (41.5 km2)
 • Water 0.02 sq mi (0.05 km2)  0.12%
Population (2010)
 • Total 56,703
 • Density 3,539.5/sq mi (1,366.6/km2)
Standard of living (2009-11)
 • Per capita income $31,576
 • Median home value $244,500
ZIP code(s) 60477, 60478, and 60487
Area code(s) 708, 815
Geocode 75484
Website www.tinleypark.org
Demographics (2010)[1]
White Black Asian
88.8% 3.7% 3.9%
Islander Native Other Hispanic
(any race)
0.02% 0.1% 3.5% 6.9%

Tinley Park is a village located primarily in Cook County, Illinois, United States, with a small portion in Will County. The population was 56,703 at the 2010 census.[1] It is one of the fastest growing suburbs south of Chicago. In 2009, Tinley Park was selected by BusinessWeek[2] as the best place to raise a family in America.

History[edit]

Early history[edit]

Records show that prior to European settlement, the area was primarily occupied by the Potawatomi tribe.[citation needed]

19th century[edit]

Settlement of the area which now comprises Tinley Park began in the 1820s by emigrants from the Eastern United States. German settlers became predominant in area by the 1840s, and the village was originally established in 1853 as "Bremen". Irish, English, Scottish, Canadian, and other American settlers were also common in the area.[3]

In the late 19th century, railroads expanded rapidly, and the village happened to be located on the Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad line. The influence of the railroad on Bremen was so great that, in 1890, its name was changed to Tinley Park in honor of the village's first railroad station agent, Samuel Tinley, Sr. Even the village's official incorporation took place at the train depot on June 27, 1892.

20th century[edit]

With the railroad came industry and commerce. 1905 saw the Diamond Spiral Washing Machine Company found its first factory in Tinley Park. Local businessmen established an electric utility in 1909. A bottling facility for soda was operated in Tinley Park until the 1950s. Inventor John Rauhoff developed and manufactured a waterproofing additive for cement called Ironite, later used in the construction of Hoover Dam. In the latter part of the 20th century, Tinley Park was, and remains to be, an area of rapid suburban expansion to the west and south of the original site, with over 11,000 housing units constructed between 1970 and 1994.[4]

Today[edit]

After its centennial (1992), Tinley Park from the late 20th century to the present has been focused on renovation of its downtown historic district. The historic district is made up of the village's original 1892 boundaries. In this district, landowners are encouraged to maintain the historic edifices or to create new, historically friendly facades for otherwise non-historic buildings built in the last 30 years.

Downtown renovation projects include the creation of a park near the Oak Park Avenue Metra train station, as well as the recent South Street Project, a multimillion-dollar project that will create more than 220 apartments and 40,000 square feet (4,000 m2) of commercial retail space.

The First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre (formerly named "The World Music Theater", also "Tweeter Center Chicago"), an outdoor venue which seats 28,000, is located in Tinley Park.[5]

Tinley Park was the site of the Tinley Park Lights, an anomalous multiple mass UFO sighting event in 2004, 2005 and 2006.

Geography[edit]

Tinley Park is located at 41°34′26″N 87°48′14″W / 41.57389°N 87.80389°W / 41.57389; -87.80389 (41.573800, -87.803891).[6]

According to the 2010 census, the village has a total area of 16.04 square miles (41.5 km2), of which 16.02 square miles (41.5 km2) (or 99.88%) is land and 0.02 square miles (0.052 km2) (or 0.12%) is water.[7] The village lies on the Tinley Moraine and/or the Valparaiso Moraine.

Demographics[edit]

As of the 2010 census[8], there were 56,703 people, 17,478 households, and 12,793 families residing in the village. The population density was 3,236.9 people per square mile (1,250.0/km²). There were 18,037 housing units at an average density of 1,206.2 per square mile (465.8/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 93.16% White, 1.92% African American, 0.13% Native American, 2.38% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 1.11% from other races, and 1.27% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.13% of the population.

The top five ancestries reported in Tinley Park as of the 2000 census were Irish (25.5%), German (23.1%), Polish (19.9%), Italian (14.3%) and Dutch (5.3%).[9]

There were 17,478 households out of which 36.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.5% were married couples living together, 8.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.8% were non-families. 23.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.73 and the average family size was 3.27.

In the village the population was spread out with 26.6% under the age of 18, 8.1% from 18 to 24, 31.0% from 25 to 44, 23.5% from 45 to 64, and 10.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 93.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.5 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $61,648, and the median income for a family was $71,858 (these figures had risen to $70,480 and $84,072 respectively as of a 2007 estimate[10]). Males had a median income of $50,595 versus $34,401 for females. The per capita income for the village was $25,207. About 1.1% of families and 2.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.5% of those under age 18 and 3.6% of those age 65 or over.

Government[edit]

Tinley Park is divided between two congressional districts. Most of the village, including all the area in Bremen Township and Rich Township, as well as the area in Will County, is in Illinois' 1st congressional district; the area in Orland Township south of 167th Street, as well as most of the area southwest of 163rd Street and Ozark Avenue, is in the 3rd district.

Education[edit]

Tinley Park includes four public elementary school districts - Kirby School District 140, Community Consolidated School District 146, Summit Hill Elementary School District 161 and Elementary School District 159. The town also includes three parochial Pre-K through 8 elementary schools: St. George, which is Catholic; Trinity Lutheran, affiliated with the LCMS; and Southwest Chicago Christian School of Tinley Park.[11]

Victor J. Andrew High School (Consolidated High School District 230) and Tinley Park High School (Bremen Community High School District 228) are both secondary schools located in Tinley Park. A small portion of Tinley Park students go to Lincoln-Way North High School. Most residents of Tinley Park are located within the residency boundaries for Moraine Valley Community College; the rest reside in the community college district for South Suburban College. A very small portion of Tinley Park goes to Joliet Junior College.

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