Palos Park, Illinois

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Palos Park, Illinois
Location in Cook County and the state of Illinois.
Location in Cook County and the state of Illinois.
Location of Illinois in the United States
Location of Illinois in the United States
Coordinates: 41°39′56″N 87°50′12″W / 41.66556°N 87.83667°W / 41.66556; -87.83667Coordinates: 41°39′56″N 87°50′12″W / 41.66556°N 87.83667°W / 41.66556; -87.83667
Country  United States
State Illinois
County Cook
Township Palos
Incorporated 1914
 • Type Commission
 • Mayor John Mahoney
 • Mayor Pro Tem Kenneth "Kent" Oliven
 • Other Commissioners G. Darryl Reed
Nicole Milovich-Walters
Dan Polk
 • Total 3.98 sq mi (10.3 km2)
 • Land 3.93 sq mi (10.2 km2)
 • Water 0.04 sq mi (0.1 km2)  1.01%
Population (2010)
 • Total 4,847
 • Density 1,233.3/sq mi (476.2/km2)
  Up 3.37% from 2000
Standard of living
 • Median home value $431,600[1]
ZIP code(s) 60464, 60465
Area code(s) 708
Geocode 57407
Demographics (2010)[2]
White Black Asian
95.2% 0.8% 1.7%
Islander Native Other Hispanic
(any race)
0.00% 0.1% 2.2% 4.1%

Palos Park is an affluent village in southwestern Cook County, Illinois, United States. The population was 4,847 at the 2010 census.[2]


Palos Park is located at 41°39′56″N 87°50′12″W / 41.66556°N 87.83667°W / 41.66556; -87.83667 (41.665682, -87.836633).[3]

According to the 2010 census, Palos Park has a total area of 3.973 square miles (10.29 km2), of which 3.93 square miles (10.18 km2) (or 98.92%) is land and 0.043 square miles (0.11 km2) (or 1.08%) is water.[4]


Historical population
Census Pop.
1920 240
1930 456 90.0%
1940 596 30.7%
1950 854 43.3%
1960 2,169 154.0%
1970 3,297 52.0%
1980 3,150 −4.5%
1990 4,199 33.3%
2000 4,689 11.7%
2010 4,847 3.4%
Est. 2015 4,888 [5] 0.8%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]

As of the census[7] of 2000, there were 4,689 people, 1,802 households, and 1,389 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,241.8 people per square mile (479.0/km²). There were 1,852 housing units at an average density of 490.5 per square mile (189.2/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 97.16% White, 0.28% African American, 0.04% Native American, 1.73% Asian, 0.19% from other races, and 0.60% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.11% of the population.

The top five ancestries reported in Palos Park as of the 2000 census were Irish (25.0%), German (21.7%), Polish (14.4%), Italian (8.0%) and English (6.8%).[8]

There were 1,802 households out of which 26.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 69.9% were married couples living together, 5.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 22.9% were non-families. 20.4% 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 2.60 and the average family size was 3.01.

In the village, the population was spread out with 21.7% under the age of 18, 5.3% from 18 to 24, 20.0% from 25 to 44, 33.8% from 45 to 64, and 19.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 47 years. For every 100 females there were 94.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.8 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $78,450, and the median income for a family was $88,628. Males had a median income of $70,313 versus $36,893 for females. The per capita income for the village was $39,861. About 3.8% of families and 4.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.1% of those under age 18 and 6.7% of those age 65 or over.


The Village Council is composed of John Mahoney (Mayor; Liquor Control Commissioner), James Pavlatos (Commissioner of Accounts & Finances), Nicole Milovich-Walters (Commissioner of Streets & Public Improvements; by Village Code also in charge of Recreation), Dan Polk (Commissioner of Public Health & Safety), and G. Darryl Reed (Commissioner of Building and Public Property). Marie Arrigoni is the elected Clerk. All six are elected at large to concurrent four year terms.

Palos Park is in the Illinois 3rd congressional district.

In Palos Park the IL House District 36 runs east of Bell Rd., and west of Southwest Highway for those areas south of 121st St. (121st St. is the short street on the north side of the Palos Park train station) and west of the Metra tracks for areas north of 121st St. It includes parts of Palos Hills, Worth, Chicago Ridge, Oak Lawn. It includes all of Evergreen Park, home to first term 36th District House Rep. Kelly Burke.

In Palos Park the IL House District 35 runs east of IL House District 36 through the Village. It includes Merrionette Park & parts of the Heights, Oak Lawn, and Alsip. In terms of the power base, it was designed to contain parts of the following five Chicago Communities: Auburn Gresham, Beverly, Washington Heights, Mt. Greenwood, & Morgan Park. It is represented by another first termer, Bill Cunningham, from Chicago.

In Palos Park the IL House District 82 is west of Bell Rd., i.e. in Lemont Township. It includes Holy Family Villa, the Bishop Lyne Residence, and the St. Francis of Assisi Residence. This district includes parts of Homer Glen, Lemont, Willowbrook, Burr Ridge, Indian Head Park, and LaGrange. It is represented by Jim Durkin from Western Springs, who ran for U.S. Senate against Dick Durbin in 2002. The same area is represented in the IL Senate’s District 41 by Illinois Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno who is from Lemont.

The 35th and the 36th House Districts are combined into IL Senate District 18. The 18th is represented by Edward Maloney, who has represented the district since 2003. He is retiring and IL House District 35th Rep. Cunningham is running for the IL Senate District 18.


Palos Park has a station on Metra's SouthWest Service, which provides daily rail service between Manhattan, Illinois and Chicago, Illinois (at Union Station).


Residents in eastern portions are in Palos School District 118[9]

  • Palos South Middle School [1]
  • Palos East Elementary School (in Palos Heights)
  • Palos West Elementary School

High school students in eastern portions are served by Consolidated High School District 230's Amos Alonzo Stagg High School.[10][11]

Other schools:

  • SWS Montessori School

Palos Park Public Library serves the community.[12]

Arts and culture[edit]

Palos Park is home to the McCord Gallery & Cultural Center.


  1. ^ "Selected Housing Characteristics: 2007-2011 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates (DP04): Palos Park village, Illinois". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved March 18, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (DP-1): Palos Park village, Illinois". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved March 18, 2013. 
  3. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  4. ^ "G001 - Geographic Identifiers - 2010 Census Summary File 1". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2015-12-25. 
  5. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2015". Retrieved July 2, 2016. 
  6. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  7. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  8. ^ "Profile of General Demographic Characteristics, Palos Park, Illinois" (PDF).  (38.8 KiB). U.S. Census Bureau. Accessed 2007-04-14.
  9. ^ "Approved 2016-2017 Boundaries" (Archive). Palos School District 118. Retrieved on January 20, 2017. Linked from: "2016-2017 Boundary Information."
  10. ^ "Attendance Areas." Consolidated High School District 230. Retrieved on January 19, 2017.
  11. ^ Zoning Map. Palos Park, Illinois. Retrieved on January 20, 2017.
  12. ^ Home. Palos Park Public Library. Retrieved on January 20, 2017.

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