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Overview

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.

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.

People

Total Population 23,283
Male Share of the Population 46.1%
Female Share of the Population 53.9%
Senior Citizens 11.3%
Employed Population 16+ 8,968
Age of the Population 37

Families

% of people married 31.5%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 17.7%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $48,684
% Above Poverty Level 75.2%
% Below Poverty Level 24.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 38 minutes
% Working from Home 1.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.3%
% Using Public Transportation 16.2%

Housing

People Living Alone 24.2%
Median Gross Rent $1,106
Median House Value $95,200

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 84.9%
US/American 0%
English 0.7%
Irish 0.7%

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

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

Notes:

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

Station CHICAGO UNIVERSITY
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
Station PARK FOREST
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
Station OGDEN DUNES
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 4,224 $47,500
Dixmoor 3,626 $37,147

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

Dolton Public Libraries

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Dolton P.l.d.
14037 LINCOLN AVE.
Dolton, Illinois
(708) 849-2385
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Dolton High Schools

THORNRIDGE HIGH SCHOOL
15000 COTTAGE GROVE
708-271-4401
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 1,800 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.2

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