Homewood, Illinois

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Homewood, Illinois

Introduction to Homewood, Illinois

Homewood, Illinois, in Cook county, is 8 miles W of Hammond, Indiana (center to center) and 21 miles S of Chicago, Illinois. The village benefits from easy access to the nearby cities and towns with which it shares the Chicago metropolitan area. Homewood contains a population of approximately 19,543.

Homewood History

The early white settlers of this area were James and Sally Hart. They arrived in 1834 from New England. Soon, more families from New England followed them. By 1839, the area had Dutch and German families moving in. At that time it was called Hartford after the original settlers. The name was changed to Homewood in 1869. It was officially incorporated in 1869.

Homewood and nearby Attractions

  • Coyote Run Golf Course
  • Izaak Walton Preserve
  • Matteson Historical Museum
  • Midwest Carvers Museum
  • Tinley Park Historical Society and Museum
  • Ravisloe Country Club

Things To Do In Homewood

Homewood is a peaceful suburban village, but when it comes to amenities it offers everything one would want in order to live a wholesome life. The village has suitable facilities for recreational and cultural activities. The Homewood-Flossmoor Park District is reputed to be among the best in Illinois. It offers a host of facilities including swimming pools, ice arena, fitness and racquet club, volleyball and basketball courts, among others.

Homewood Transportation

The Chicago Midway International Airport offers facilities for air transportation.

Homewood Higher Education

One can avail of higher education at Prairie State College, South Suburban College, Governors State University, and Chicago State University.

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High Points

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

Category Trophy
Public Transportation Use
(vs. Peers)
Top 3% trophy Homewood Public Transportation Use
College Educated Adults
(vs. State)
Top 9% Homewood College Educated Adults
Well-Paid Single Women
(vs. Peers)
Top 11% Homewood Well-Paid Single Women
Racial Diversity
(vs. State)
Top 12% Homewood Racial Diversity
Well-Paid Single Men
(vs. Peers)
Top 16% Homewood Well-Paid Single Men
People in Middle Class or Better
(vs. Peers)
Top 17% Homewood People in Middle Class or Better
Median Family Income
(vs. Peers)
Top 18% Homewood Median Family Income

Comparative Profile of Homewood, Illinois

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


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


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
College Educated Adults 9 10
People in Middle Class or Better 9 9
Median Family Income 9 9
People Above Poverty 8 8

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Public Transportation Use 10 10
Working at Home 8 8
Walking and Biking to Work 5 7
Short Commute Times 1 1


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

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Homewood Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 8 miles W of Hammond, Indiana (center to center)
Nearest Large City 21 miles S of Chicago, Illinois
County Cook
Standard Zip Codes 60430
Phone Area Codes 708
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.557
Longitude -87.665

Homewood Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 4.1 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
Distance 16 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 HOBART 2 WNW
Distance 19.8 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
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Homewood Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 19,543 100%
Male 9,006 46.1%
Female 10,537 53.9%
Under 18 5,298 27.1%
18+ 14,245 72.9%
65+ 3,209 16.4%
Median Age 39.8
Average Family Size 3.14
White 15,270 78.1%
African-American 3,422 17.5%
Asian 307 1.6%
American Indian & Alaskan 20 0.1%
Other 207 1.1%
Mixed Race 304 1.6%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 597 3.1%

Estimated Homewood Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 18,917
Growth -626
Growth % -3.2%

Homewood 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) 23.4%
German 16.4%
Irish 14%
Italian 8.8%
Polish 8.5%
English 4.7%
US/American 4.2%
Swedish 2.9%
Dutch 2.1%
Scottish 1.4%
Scotch-Irish 1.2%
Russian 1.2%
French (except Basque) 1.1%
Czech 0.7%
Danish 0.7%
Hungarian 0.7%
French Canadian 0.7%
Nigerian 0.6%
Norwegian 0.6%
European 0.6%
Greek 0.5%
African 0.5%
Welsh 0.4%
Ukrainian 0.4%
Lithuanian 0.4%
Slovak 0.4%
British 0.3%
Austrian 0.3%
Swiss 0.3%
Croatian 0.3%
Yugoslavian 0.2%
Romanian 0.2%
Czechoslovakian 0.2%
Jamaican 0.2%
Serbian 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Homewood 19,543 $70,941
Country Club Hills 16,169 $61,577
East Hazel Crest 1,607 $50,625
Flossmoor 9,301 $103,539
Hazel Crest 14,816 $54,049
Markham 12,620 $44,149
University Park 6,662 $58,902

Homewood Public Libraries

Homewood P.l.d.
Homewood, Illinois
(708) 798-0121
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Starbucks in Homewood

(As of 2005)
Homewood Cherry Creek
18322 South Governors Highway
18051 Harwood Ave
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