Introduction to Markham, Illinois

Markham, Illinois, in Cook county, is 8 miles E of Orland Park and 18 miles S of Chicago, Illinois. The city is considered part of the Chicago metropolitan area. Markham has a population of 12,620.

Markham History

Markham was founded as a village in 1925, when it had approximately 300 inhabitants. Initially, it was mainly an industrial community, having a number of factories. After World War II, people began settling in the village by building their own houses, and thereby greatly increasing its population. An airport was soon constructed nearby, and the village gained recognition as a city on August 24, 1967.

Markham and nearby Attractions

  • Markham Public Library
  • Tinley Park Historical Society and Museum
  • Prairie Creek
  • Dropseed Prairie Nature Preserve
  • Saint Gabriel Cemetery

Things To Do In Markham

The Dropseed Prairie Nature Preserve provides the opportunity to watch various kinds of animals and birds in their natural habitats. Tinley Park Historical Society and Museum showcases interesting exhibits regarding the history of Markham and its surrounding areas.

Markham Transportation

Chicago Midway International Airport provides air transportation facilities.

Markham Higher Education

South Suburban College and Chicago State University provide higher education to the people of the city.


Total Population 12,625
Male Share of the Population 45%
Female Share of the Population 55%
Senior Citizens 14.1%
Employed Population 16+ 4,096
Age of the Population 37


% of people married 29%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 14.2%
Median Earnings25+ $29,539
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $16,301
Median Earnings With High School Degree $27,524


Median Family Income $47,589
% Above Poverty Level 70.2%
% Below Poverty Level 29.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 30 minutes
% Working from Home 4.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.1%
% Using Public Transportation 9%


People Living Alone 29.9%
Median Gross Rent $1,168
Median House Value $103,200


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 81.7%
US/American 0%
English 1.8%
Irish 2.7%

Markham Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 8 miles E of Orland Park, Illinois (center to center)
Nearest Large City 18 miles S of Chicago, Illinois
County Cook
Standard Zip Codes 60426, 60428
Phone Area Codes 708
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.593
Longitude -87.694

Markham Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 6.5 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 14 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 21.5 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Country Club Hills 16,752 $62,146
Hazel Crest 14,102 $64,127

Markham Public Libraries

Bradford/anderson/ogelsby Pub. Lib.
Markham, Illinois
(708) 331-0130
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