Glenwood, Illinois

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Glenwood, Illinois

Introduction to Glenwood, Illinois

Glenwood, Illinois, in Cook county, is 5 miles SW of Hammond, Indiana (center to center) and 22 miles S of Chicago, Illinois. There are 9,000 residents in the village.

Glenwood History

Glenwood is located in Cook County, which was created on January 15, 1831. The county, originally a part of Putnam County, was named in honor of Daniel Cook, the first Attorney General of Illinois. The Glenwood School for Boys was established in 1887. One of the founders of the school was Todd Lincoln, the son of Abraham Lincoln.

Glenwood and nearby Attractions

  • Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park
  • Village of Thorton Historical Museum
  • Lemon Lake County Park
  • Midwest Carvers Museum
  • William W. Powers State Recreation Area
  • Chicago Portage National Historic Site

Things To Do In Glenwood

Glenwood offers easy access to various parks such as the Buckley Homestead County Park, the Hoosier Prairie State Nature Preserve, the Oak Ridge Prairie County Park, the Deep River County Park, and the William W. Powers State Recreation Area. History buffs can visit the Midwest Carvers Museum, the Chicago Portage National Historic Site, and the Matteson Historical Museum. The Hickory Glen Park, Estates Park, and the George Arquilla Park are some of the local parks. The Glenwoodie Country Club provides opportunities for recreation for golf enthusiasts.

Glenwood Transportation

Chicago Midway International Airport is less than half an hour's drive away.

Glenwood Higher Education

Prairie State College, Governors State University, and South Suburban College are nearby.

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High Points

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

Category Trophy
Racial Diversity
(vs. Peers)
Top 9% Glenwood Racial Diversity
Well-Paid Single Women
(vs. State)
Top 10% Glenwood Well-Paid Single Women
Public Transportation Use
(vs. Peers)
Top 10% Glenwood Public Transportation Use
People in Middle Class or Better
(vs. Peers)
Top 14% Glenwood People in Middle Class or Better
Median Family Income
(vs. State)
Top 16% Glenwood Median Family Income
College Educated Adults
(vs. State)
Top 17% Glenwood College Educated Adults
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. Peers)
Top 17% Glenwood Low Rate of Poverty

Comparative Profile of Glenwood, Illinois

Comparing Glenwood 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
Racial Diversity 10 10
Well-Paid Single Women 9 10
Female Share of the Population 9 9
Well-Paid Single Men 8 8
Age of the Population 7 7
Senior Citizens 5 4
Children Under 5 Years Old 3 2
Male Share of the Population 2 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Average Household Size 7 8
Portion of People Married 6 5


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People in Middle Class or Better 9 9
People Above Poverty 9 9
Median Family Income 8 9
College Educated Adults 7 9

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Public Transportation Use 10 10
Working at Home 5 5
Walking and Biking to Work 4 6
Short Commute Times 1 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Housing Recently Built 6 8
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 5 7
People Living Alone 4 4
Affordability of Property Taxes 3 3
Affordability of Rents 3 2
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 2 3

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Glenwood Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 5 miles SW of Hammond, Indiana (center to center)
Nearest Large City 22 miles S of Chicago, Illinois
County Cook
Standard Zip Codes 60425
Phone Area Codes 708
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.542
Longitude -87.602

Glenwood Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 5.1 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 16.5 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
Station LOWELL
Distance 21.4 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
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Glenwood Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 9,000 100%
Male 4,192 46.6%
Female 4,808 53.4%
Under 18 2,282 25.4%
18+ 6,718 74.6%
65+ 1,172 13%
Median Age 38.7
Average Family Size 3.16
White 4,615 51.3%
African-American 4,008 44.5%
Asian 56 0.6%
American Indian & Alaskan 9 0.1%
Other 203 2.3%
Mixed Race 100 1.1%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 452 5%

Estimated Glenwood Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 8,663
Growth -337
Growth % -3.7%

Glenwood 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
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 45.4%
German 10.9%
Irish 7.4%
Italian 7.1%
Polish 6%
African 5.2%
English 2.4%
US/American 2.4%
Swedish 2.1%
Dutch 1.8%
Russian 1.2%
Czech 1.1%
Norwegian 1.1%
Lithuanian 1%
Scottish 0.9%
Ukrainian 0.7%
French (except Basque) 0.6%
Jamaican 0.4%
Scotch-Irish 0.3%
French Canadian 0.3%
Danish 0.2%
Nigerian 0.2%
Welsh 0.2%
European 0.2%
Croatian 0.2%
Hungarian 0.2%
Slovak 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Glenwood 9,000 $67,161
Chicago Heights 32,776 $42,681
East Hazel Crest 1,607 $50,625
Ford Heights 3,456 $16,706
Homewood 19,543 $70,941
Lynwood 7,377 $64,848
Thornton 2,582 $55,104

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