Burnham, Illinois

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Burnham, Illinois
Burnham is located in Illinois
Coordinates: 41°38′8″N 87°33′5″W / 41.63556°N 87.55139°W / 41.63556; -87.55139Coordinates: 41°38′8″N 87°33′5″W / 41.63556°N 87.55139°W / 41.63556; -87.55139
Country  United States
State Illinois
County Cook
Township Thornton
Incorporated 1907
 • Type Council-manager
 • President Robert E. Polk
 • Total 1.95 sq mi (5.1 km2)
 • Land 1.87 sq mi (4.8 km2)
 • Water 0.09 sq mi (0.2 km2)  4.62%
Population (2010)
 • Total 4,206
 • Density 2,249.2/sq mi (868.4/km2)
  Up 0.86% from 2000
Standard of living (2007-2011)
 • Per capita income $18,234
 • Median home value $143,200
ZIP code(s) 60633
Area code(s) 708
Geocode 17-09798
Website villageofburnhamil.com
Demographics (2010)[1]
White Black Asian
26.1% 61.9% 0.5%
Islander Native Other Hispanic
(any race)
0.0% 0.7% 10.8% 19.1%

Burnham is a village in Cook County, Illinois, United States. The population was 4,206 at the 2010 census.[1] The ZIP code is 60633.

Burnham has a Chicago ZIP code, and is often mistakenly considered part of Chicago. It is, however, an independent municipality lying just south of the Chicago city limits.

Burnham was named for Telford Burnham who drew its plat; not, as is widely assumed, by Chicago city planner and architect Daniel Burnham.

There are two sections of Burnham. The westernmost section surrounds Torrence Avenue, a north-south street. Torrence Avenue leaves this part of Burnham via a bridge, with Chicago on the other side. The eastern section surrounds Burnham Avenue, another north-south street. This section of Burnham ends at Brainard Avenue, where the Hegewisch neighborhood of Chicago lies on the other side. Upon entering Chicago, Burnham Avenue becomes Avenue O.

Burnham is bordered by Chicago to the north, Calumet City to the south and west, and Hammond, Indiana, to the east.


Burnham is located at 41°38′8″N 87°33′5″W / 41.63556°N 87.55139°W / 41.63556; -87.55139 (41.635535, -87.551284).[2]

According to the 2010 census, the village has a total area of 1.95 square miles (5.1 km2), of which 1.87 square miles (4.8 km2) (or 95.90%) is land and 0.09 square miles (0.23 km2) (or 4.62%) is water.[3]


As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 4,170 people, 1,449 households, and 970 families residing in the village. The population density was 2,244.8 people per square mile (865.6/km²). There were 1,539 housing units at an average density of 828.5 per square mile (319.5/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 34.80% White, 54.17% African American, 0.22% Native American, 1.01% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 7.58% from other races, and 2.21% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 15.23% of the population.

Ancestries: Polish (12.8%), Irish (5.7%), German (4.5%), Italian (2.8%), Subsaharan African (2.3%), English (1.7%).

There were 1,449 households out of which 36.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.2% were married couples living together, 20.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.0% were non-families. 28.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.67 and the average family size was 3.31.

In the village the population was spread out with 27.6% under the age of 18, 7.5% from 18 to 24, 32.1% from 25 to 44, 21.2% from 45 to 64, and 11.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 92.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.6 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $39,053, and the median income for a family was $44,350. Males had a median income of $37,559 versus $27,885 for females. The per capita income for the village was $16,747. About 9.4% of families and 9.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.3% of those under age 18 and 4.4% of those age 65 or over.


Burnham is in Illinois' 2nd congressional district.

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