Introduction to Dolton, Illinois

Dolton, Illinois, in Cook county, is 6 miles NW of Hammond, Indiana (center to center) and 15 miles S of Chicago, Illinois. The village is in the Chicago area. There are 25,614 residents in Dolton.

Dolton History

Dolton was originally inhabited by the Miami and Illinois Native Americans. The area was first settled in by the whites around 1835. George Dolton was one of the early settlers. Dolton and J. C. Matthews, who settled in the village in 1836, operated a ferry until 1842. A toll bridge was built in 1842 and continued its operations until 1856. The Village of Dolton was incorporated in 1892 and named after the sons of George Dolton.

Dolton and nearby Attractions

  • Palmer Park
  • William W. Powers State Recreation Area
  • Midwest Carvers Museum
  • Hollywood Park - Crestwood
  • Bronzeville Children's Museum
  • Chicago Portage National Historic Site

Things To Do In Dolton

While in Dolton, you can visit Needles Park and Dolton Park. Fishing can be enjoyed on the Little Calumet River, Cottage Grove Lake, and Victory Lake. The Ada Park, Mann Park, Carver Park, and Foster Park are also nearby. You can also plan a day trip to the Museum of Science and Industry and Bronzeville Children's Museum. In addition, the village of Dolton organizes a number of special events and recreational programs all through the year.

Dolton Transportation

Air transportation is available from Gary/ Chicago Airport.

Dolton Higher Education

South Suburban College, City Colleges of Chicago - Olive - Harvey College, and Chicago State University are nearby.


Total Population 23,262
Male Share of the Population 46.5%
Female Share of the Population 53.5%
Senior Citizens 11.5%
Employed Population 16+ 9,209
Age of the Population 36


% of people married 31.4%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 17.6%
Median Earnings25+ $34,343
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $17,083
Median Earnings With High School Degree $26,575


Median Family Income $50,086
% Above Poverty Level 75.5%
% Below Poverty Level 24.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 37 minutes
% Working from Home 1.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.4%
% Using Public Transportation 15.7%


People Living Alone 23%
Median Gross Rent $1,122
Median House Value $99,900


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 88%
US/American 0%
English 0.9%
Irish 0.7%

Dolton Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 6 miles NW of Hammond, Indiana (center to center)
Nearest Large City 15 miles S of Chicago, Illinois
County Cook
Standard Zip Codes 60419
Phone Area Codes 708
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.638
Longitude -87.607

Dolton Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 10 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 10.4 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
Distance 22 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 4,225 $39,375
Dixmoor 3,635 $37,401

Dolton Public Libraries

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