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.


Total Population 19,642
Male Share of the Population 46.6%
Female Share of the Population 53.4%
Senior Citizens 14.4%
Employed Population 16+ 9,524
Age of the Population 41


% of people married 45.4%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 44.3%
Median Earnings25+ $45,508
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $24,831
Median Earnings With High School Degree $33,588


Median Family Income $86,367
% Above Poverty Level 92.9%
% Below Poverty Level 7.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 31 minutes
% Working from Home 3.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1%
% Using Public Transportation 15.8%


People Living Alone 28.4%
Median Gross Rent $1,119
Median House Value $167,300


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 48.3%
US/American 0.1%
English 5.4%
Irish 14.3%

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Country Club Hills 16,752 $62,146
East Hazel Crest 1,652 $46,205
Flossmoor 9,339 $118,022
Hazel Crest 14,102 $64,127

Homewood Public Libraries

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