Introduction to Alsip, Illinois

Alsip, Illinois, in Cook county, is 3 miles S of Oak Lawn, Illinois (center to center) and 14 miles S of Chicago, Illinois. The people of the village are in the Chicago metropolitan area. Alsip has a population of 19,725.

Alsip History

Early white settlers arrived in this area in the 1830s. They were mostly Europeans of Dutch and German descent. Before the white settlers, this area was inhabited by the Potawatomi Indians and had been visited by French explorers and missionaries in the 15th and 16th centuries. They established a Catholic church in 1696. This village is named after an early industrialist, Frank Alsip, who established the first industries beginning with a brick factory and a clay quarry.

Alsip and nearby Attractions

  • Tinley Park Historical Society and Museum
  • Midwest Carvers Museum
  • American Police Center & Museum
  • Waters Edge Golf Club
  • Aquatic Park
  • Apollo Park

Things To Do In Alsip

There are several parks in and around Alsip which provide ample opportunities for relaxation and recreational activities. The golf courses in the neighboring areas offer good facilities. There are museums nearby where one can get to know the local history, and several libraries which are well stocked with educational and recreational materials.

Alsip Transportation

The Chicago Midway International Airport is nearby.

Alsip Higher Education

Richard J. Daley College, Moraine Valley Community College, and Chicago State University offer facilities for higher education.


Total Population 19,385
Male Share of the Population 47.1%
Female Share of the Population 52.9%
Senior Citizens 13%
Employed Population 16+ 9,292
Age of the Population 34


% of people married 40.6%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 15.2%
Median Earnings25+ $35,193
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $22,010
Median Earnings With High School Degree $31,085


Median Family Income $65,036
% Above Poverty Level 89%
% Below Poverty Level 11%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 31 minutes
% Working from Home 1.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.8%
% Using Public Transportation 9.7%


People Living Alone 31.2%
Median Gross Rent $922
Median House Value $165,700


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 40%
US/American 0%
English 2.5%
Irish 20.1%

Alsip Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 3 miles S of Oak Lawn, Illinois (center to center)
Nearest Large City 14 miles S of Chicago, Illinois
County Cook
Standard Zip Codes 60803
Phone Area Codes 708
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.668
Longitude -87.738

Alsip Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 5 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 31 F
Apr Temp 40 to 59 F
Jul Temp 66 to 85 F
Oct Temp 45 to 63 F
Annual Precip 38.3 inches
Distance 10.7 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 32 F
Apr Temp 42 to 59 F
Jul Temp 66 to 84 F
Oct Temp 46 to 64 F
Annual Precip 38 inches
Distance 12 miles
Jan Temp 15 to 29 F
Apr Temp 39 to 58 F
Jul Temp 65 to 84 F
Oct Temp 43 to 63 F
Annual Precip 38.6 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Chicago Ridge 14,410 $47,961
Crestwood 11,006 $69,066

Alsip Public Libraries

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