Introduction to Calumet City, Illinois

Calumet City, Illinois, in Cook county, is 2 miles N of Hammond, Indiana (center to center) and 18 miles S of Chicago, Illinois. The people of the city are in the Chicago metropolitan area.

Calumet City History

Calumet City was originally inhabited by the semi-nomadic Indians. The objects and artifacts of these Indians are still found in the Green Lake Woods. Earlier, the area was known as the Village of West Hammond. The Schrum Family was one of the first settlers of the area. Calumet City was incorporated on February 13, 1893. The city was named after the peace pipe of the Indians.

Calumet City and nearby Attractions

  • Carver Park
  • Midwest Carvers Museum
  • Hoosier Prairie State Nature Preserve
  • Bronzeville Children's Museum
  • William W. Powers State Recreation Area
  • Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park

Things To Do In Calumet City

You can visit the Calumet City Public Library and Calumet City Historical Society Museums to explore the city's past. The local parks include Calumet Park, Finneran Park, Memorial Park, Blackstone Park, and Fowney Park. The Sand Ridge Nature Preserve is also worth visiting. The Green Lake offers facilities for fishing and boating. The city also has several beautiful churches such as Calumet City Church of Christ and Calumet City Bible Church.

Calumet City Transportation

Gary/ Chicago Airport is the nearest airport.

Calumet City Higher Education

Opportunities for higher education are offered by South Suburban College, Chicago State University, Prairie State College, Purdue University - Calumet Campus, University of Chicago, City Colleges of Chicago - Olive - Harvey College, and City Colleges of Chicago - Kennedy - King College.


Total Population 37,184
Male Share of the Population 45%
Female Share of the Population 55%
Senior Citizens 12.3%
Employed Population 16+ 14,354
Age of the Population 36


% of people married 31.1%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 16.2%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $49,086
% Above Poverty Level 77.8%
% Below Poverty Level 22.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 34 minutes
% Working from Home 1.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.4%
% Using Public Transportation 9.5%


People Living Alone 34.3%
Median Gross Rent $915
Median House Value $100,100


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 79.7%
US/American 0%
English 0.9%
Irish 1.9%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Calumet City Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 2 miles N of Hammond, Indiana (center to center)
Nearest Large City 18 miles S of Chicago, Illinois
County Cook
Standard Zip Codes 60409
Phone Area Codes 708
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.615
Longitude -87.529

Calumet City Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 11.3 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
Station HOBART 2 WNW
Distance 13.5 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 30 F
Apr Temp 38 to 58 F
Jul Temp 63 to 84 F
Oct Temp 42 to 64 F
Annual Precip 38 inches
Distance 17.9 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 32 F
Apr Temp 38 to 60 F
Jul Temp 63 to 84 F
Oct Temp 44 to 65 F
Annual Precip 36.3 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Burnham 4,224 $47,500
Dolton 23,283 $48,684

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Calumet City Public Libraries

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(708) 862-6220
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Serves 1,470 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.9

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