Countryside, Illinois

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Countryside, Illinois

Introduction to Countryside, Illinois

Countryside, Illinois, in Cook county, is 6 miles SW of Berwyn, Illinois and 12 miles SW of Chicago, Illinois. The city's population is approximately 5,991.

Countryside History

The city of Countryside was officially incorporated in 1960. In 1833, Joseph Vial and his family became the first permanent settlers in the area. The Patawatamie Indians and early American pioneers were the first inhabitants of the land. Most of the initial settlers of the area were displaced due to the Chicago fire of 1871.

Countryside and nearby Attractions

  • Brookfield Zoo
  • Finn & City Park
  • Charles Gates Dawes House
  • Museum of Science and Industry
  • Graue Mill and Museum

Things To Do In Countryside

The Kiddieland Amusement Park, the Brookstone Zoo and the Whirly Ball Amusement Parks are all popular destinations for local children. Local parks include Finn City Park and Millennium Park, which offer outdoor recreational opportunities such as hiking, camping and picnicking, among others. Local museums include the Museum of Science and Industry, the National Vietnam Veterans Art Museum, the Field Museum of Natural History and the Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum. Local golfers can enjoy a round at the Flagg Creek Golf Course or at the Fresh Meadow Golf Course.

Countryside Transportation

Air transportation is available from Chicago Midway International Airport.

Countryside Higher Education

Moraine Valley Community College, Elmhurst College, Morton College and Triton College are all nearby.

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High Points

Countryside strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Illinois):

Category Trophy
Well-Paid Single Women
(vs. State)
Top 8% Countryside Well-Paid Single Women
Public Transportation Use
(vs. Peers)
Top 14% Countryside Public Transportation Use
Well-Paid Single Men
(vs. State)
Top 14% Countryside Well-Paid Single Men
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. Peers)
Top 17% Countryside Low Rate of Poverty
Median Family Income
(vs. State)
Top 18% Countryside Median Family Income
Walking and Biking to Work
(vs. State)
Top 19% Countryside Walking and Biking to Work

Comparative Profile of Countryside, Illinois

Comparing Countryside to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Illinois (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Age of the Population 9 9
Well-Paid Single Women 9 10
Well-Paid Single Men 9 9
Female Share of the Population 7 8
Senior Citizens 7 6
Racial Diversity 6 8
Male Share of the Population 4 3
Children Under 5 Years Old 2 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 3 2
Average Household Size 2 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Above Poverty 9 9
Median Family Income 8 9
People in Middle Class or Better 8 8
College Educated Adults 6 8

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Public Transportation Use 9 9
Working at Home 9 9
Walking and Biking to Work 8 9
Short Commute Times 3 4


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Living Alone 9 10
Housing Recently Built 7 8
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 5 8
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 5 7
Affordability of Property Taxes 3 3
Affordability of Rents 3 2

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Countryside Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 6 miles SW of Berwyn, Illinois (center to center)
Nearest Large City 12 miles SW of Chicago, Illinois
County Cook
Standard Zip Codes 60525
Phone Area Codes 708
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.782
Longitude -87.878

Countryside Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 6 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
Station WHEATON 3 SE
Distance 10 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 32 F
Apr Temp 38 to 63 F
Jul Temp 63 to 87 F
Oct Temp 42 to 67 F
Annual Precip 37.9 inches
Distance 22 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
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Countryside Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 5,991 100%
Male 2,836 47.3%
Female 3,155 52.7%
Under 18 1,193 19.9%
18+ 4,798 80.1%
65+ 943 15.7%
Median Age 41.2
Average Family Size 2.93
White 5,529 92.3%
African-American 129 2.2%
Asian 93 1.6%
American Indian & Alaskan 6 0.1%
Other 131 2.2%
Mixed Race 103 1.7%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 410 6.8%

Estimated Countryside Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 5,831
Growth -160
Growth % -2.7%

Countryside Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
Polish 19.6%
German 13.2%
Irish 11.9%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 11.9%
Italian 10%
Czech 4.8%
Serbian 3.4%
English 3.1%
Yugoslavian 2.8%
US/American 2.8%
Swedish 1.9%
Croatian 1.5%
Lithuanian 1.3%
Dutch 1.1%
Greek 1%
Macedonian 1%
Scotch-Irish 0.9%
French (except Basque) 0.8%
Iranian 0.8%
Scottish 0.8%
Slovak 0.6%
Czechoslovakian 0.5%
Arab/Arabic 0.4%
Bulgarian 0.4%
Norwegian 0.4%
Austrian 0.3%
Turkish 0.3%
Hungarian 0.3%
Canadian 0.3%
Slavic 0.2%
British 0.2%
Danish 0.2%
Russian 0.2%
Other Arab 0.2%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Countryside, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Ind Head Park (60525)
Indianhead Park (60525)
La Grange Highlands (60525)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Countryside 5,991 $64,535
Brookfield 19,085 $64,075
Hodgkins 2,134 $42,313
Indian Head Park 3,685 $78,443
La Grange 15,608 $95,554
Western Springs 12,493 $108,870
Willow Springs 5,027 $66,886

Starbucks in Countryside

(As of 2005)
6704 Joliet Road
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