Crete, Illinois

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Crete, Illinois

Introduction to Crete, Illinois

Crete, Illinois, in Will county, is 11 miles SW of Hammond, Indiana and 28 miles S of Chicago, Illinois. About 7,346 people live in Crete.

Crete History

The village of Crete was established by Willard Wood and Vermonters Dyantha in 1836 as Wood’s Corner. Crete houses the Bible League’s International Headquarters. Will County was founded in 1836 and named in honor of Dr. Conrad Will, a local politician and businessman. Dr. Will was also a member of the legislature of Illinois and the first Illinois Constitutional Convention.

Crete and nearby Attractions

  • Matteson Historical Museum
  • Hoosier Prairie State Nature Preserve
  • Tinley Park Historical Society and Museum
  • William W. Powers State Recreation Area
  • Lemont Area Historical Society & Museum
  • Buckley Homestead County Park

Things To Do In Crete

Local parks include the Hoosier Prairie State Nature Preserve, Lemon Lake County Park, Buckley Homestead County Park and Oak Ridge Prairie County Park. Local museums include the Tinley Park Historical Society and Museum, the Matteson Historical Museum, the Frankfort Historical Museum and the Midwest Carvers Museum. The Brookfield Zoo and Shedd Aquarium are accessible from Crete as well. Golfers can enjoy a round at Deer Creek Golf Club, Tuckaway Golf Club or at the Hidden Meadows Golf Club.

Crete Transportation

Air transportation is available from Chicago Midway International Airport.

Crete Higher Education

Nearby colleges are Prairie State College, South Suburban College, Chicago State University and Indiana University-Northwest.

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High Points

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

Category Trophy
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. Peers)
Top 2% trophy Crete Low Rate of Poverty
People in Middle Class or Better
(vs. Peers)
Top 5% trophy Crete People in Middle Class or Better
Well-Paid Single Women
(vs. State)
Top 15% Crete Well-Paid Single Women
Median Family Income
(vs. Peers)
Top 15% Crete Median Family Income
Racial Diversity
(vs. State)
Top 15% Crete Racial Diversity
Well-Paid Single Men
(vs. State)
Top 16% Crete Well-Paid Single Men
College Educated Adults
(vs. State)
Top 17% Crete College Educated Adults

Comparative Profile of Crete, Illinois

Comparing Crete 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 Men 8 9
Well-Paid Single Women 8 9
Racial Diversity 8 9
Male Share of the Population 8 7
Senior Citizens 5 5
Female Share of the Population 4 4
Children Under 5 Years Old 3 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 9 9
Average Household Size 7 8


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Above Poverty 10 10
People in Middle Class or Better 10 10
Median Family Income 9 9
College Educated Adults 7 9

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Public Transportation Use 9 8
Working at Home 8 9
Short Commute Times 2 2
Walking and Biking to Work 2 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Housing Recently Built 8 9
Affordability of Rents 4 3
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 3 5
People Living Alone 2 2
Affordability of Property Taxes 2 1
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 2 3

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Crete Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 11 miles SW of Hammond, Indiana (center to center)
Nearest Large City 28 miles S of Chicago, Illinois
County Will
Standard Zip Codes 60417
Phone Area Codes 708
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.444
Longitude -87.631

Crete Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 4.7 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 LOWELL
Distance 16.6 miles
Jan Temp 12 to 30 F
Apr Temp 37 to 60 F
Jul Temp 62 to 84 F
Oct Temp 39 to 64 F
Annual Precip 40 inches
Distance 24.6 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 30 F
Apr Temp 37 to 60 F
Jul Temp 63 to 85 F
Oct Temp 41 to 64 F
Annual Precip 36.9 inches
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Crete Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 7,346 100%
Male 3,597 49%
Female 3,749 51%
Under 18 1,815 24.7%
18+ 5,531 75.3%
65+ 1,024 13.9%
Median Age 40.7
Average Family Size 3.06
White 6,351 86.5%
African-American 769 10.5%
Asian 55 0.7%
American Indian & Alaskan 5 0.1%
Other 68 0.9%
Mixed Race 97 1.3%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 267 3.6%

Estimated Crete Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 8,772
Growth 1,426
Growth % 19.4%

Crete 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
German 27.8%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 13.3%
Irish 10.9%
Italian 8.7%
Polish 8.3%
English 6.7%
US/American 3.4%
Dutch 3.2%
Swedish 1.7%
French (except Basque) 1.7%
Lithuanian 1.5%
Norwegian 1.5%
Scottish 1.3%
Croatian 1%
Danish 1%
Welsh 0.9%
Austrian 0.8%
Serbian 0.7%
Ukrainian 0.7%
Scotch-Irish 0.6%
Ghanian 0.6%
Hungarian 0.6%
Yugoslavian 0.5%
Czechoslovakian 0.5%
European 0.3%
Greek 0.3%
Czech 0.3%
Swiss 0.3%
Portuguese 0.2%
Belgian 0.2%
Russian 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Crete 7,346 $73,987
Chicago Heights 32,776 $42,681
Park Forest 23,462 $55,801
Richton Park 12,533 $58,661
Sauk Village 10,411 $50,088
South Chicago Heights 3,970 $49,279
Steger 9,682 $54,347

Crete Public Libraries

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Student/teacher ratio: 20.3

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