Worth, Illinois

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Worth, Illinois
Village
Motto: The Friendly Village, It's Worth a Trip
Worth is located in Illinois
Worth
Worth
Coordinates: 41°41′20″N 87°47′34″W / 41.68889°N 87.79278°W / 41.68889; -87.79278Coordinates: 41°41′20″N 87°47′34″W / 41.68889°N 87.79278°W / 41.68889; -87.79278
Country  United States
State Illinois
County Cook
Townships Worth, Palos
Incorporated 1914
Government
 • Type Trustee-village
 • President Mary Werner (IND)
Area
 • Total 2.38 sq mi (6.2 km2)
 • Land 2.37 sq mi (6.1 km2)
 • Water 0.01 sq mi (0.03 km2)  0.42%
Population (2010)
 • Total 10,789
 • Density 4,552.3/sq mi (1,757.7/km2)
  Down 2.34% from 2000
Standard of living (2007-11)
 • Per capita income $27,271
 • Median home value $193,200
ZIP code(s) 60482
Area code(s) 708
Geocode 83518
Website www.villageofworth.com
Demographics (2010)[1]
White Black Asian
90.0% 2.6% 1.9%
Islander Native Other Hispanic
(any race)
0.01% 0.2% 5.3% 11.4%

Worth is a village in Cook County, Illinois, United States, a suburb of Chicago. The population was 10,789 at the 2010 census.[1]

Geography[edit]

Worth is located at 41°41′20″N 87°47′34″W / 41.68889°N 87.79278°W / 41.68889; -87.79278 (41.688827, -87.792659).[2]

According to the 2010 census, the village has a total area of 2.38 square miles (6.2 km2), of which 2.37 square miles (6.1 km2) (or 99.58%) is land and 0.01 square miles (0.026 km2) (or 0.42%) is water.[3]

Demographics[edit]

As of the 2010 census[4], there were 10,789 people, 4,304 households, 2,726 families residing in the village. The population density was 4,634.4 people per square mile (1,792.1/km²). There were 4,557 housing units [5] at an average density of 1,893.3 per square mile (732.1/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 92.43% White, 1.59% African American, 0.18% Native American, 1.22% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 2.18% from other races, and 2.37% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.06% of the population.

The top four ancestries reported in Worth as of the 2000 census were German (23.4%), Irish (22.7%), Polish (20.3%) and Italian (10.1%).[6]

There were 4,304 households out of which 29.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.4% were married couples living together, 12.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.2% were non-families. 30.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.48 and the average family size was 3.15.

In the village the population was spread out with 23.5% under the age of 18, 9.5% from 18 to 24, 31.4% from 25 to 44, 21.6% from 45 to 64, and 14.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 96.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.0 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $42,723, and the median income for a family was $51,523. Males had a median income of $38,007 versus $28,492 for females. The per capita income for the village was $19,449. About 7.0% of families and 9.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.6% of those under age 18 and 5.7% of those age 65 or over.

Village government[edit]

The Village of Worth operates under a President-Trustee form of Government with a Village President (Mayor) and a Village Board composed of six Village Trustees (Councilmen / Aldermen) elected at large.

The elected officials are:

  • President Mary Werner (Independent) - Current term expires in April 2017
  • Clerk Bonnie M. Price (Independent) - Current term expires in April 2017
  • Trustee Mary Rhien (Voices of Worth), - Current term expires in April 2015
  • Trustee Pete Kats (Independent), - Current term expires in April 2015
  • Trustee Rich Dziedzic (Independent), - Current term expires in April 2017
  • Trustee Colleen McElroy (Independent), - Current term expires in April 2017
  • Trustee Tedd Muersch, Jr. (Independent), - Current term expires in April 2017
  • Trustee Warren Soldan (Independent), - Current term expires in April 2015

All six trustees are elected at large with three being elected at the same time as the President and three being elected two years later.

State and federal government[edit]

Worth is divided between two congressional districts. Most of the village is in Illinois' 3rd congressional district which is represented by William Lipinski (D-Chicago); the area south of 115th Street and east of Harlem Avenue, and also between 114th Place and 115th Street from Harlem to Oak Park Avenue, is in the Illinois' 1st congressional district which is represented by Bobby Rush (D-Chicago).

Worth is located within 18th State Senate District, which is represented by Edward Maloney (D-Chicago); and located in the 35th Representative District, which is represented by William Cunningham (D-Chicago), and the 36th Representative District, which is represented by Kelly Burke (D-Evergreen Park).

Township and county government[edit]

The village of Worth is located in the 6th County Board District. Worth is in two townships - east of Harlem Avenue is Worth Township, and west of Harlem Avenue is Palos Township.

Transportation[edit]

Worth has a station on Metra's SouthWest Service, which provides daily rail service between Manhattan, Illinois and Chicago Union Station.

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