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Overview

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 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.

People

Total Population 12,685
Male Share of the Population 44.1%
Female Share of the Population 55.9%
Senior Citizens 14.7%
Employed Population 16+ 4,172
Age of the Population 38

Families

% of people married 30.2%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 13.7%
Median Earnings25+ $31,287
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $22,237
Median Earnings With High School Degree $27,338

Wealth

Median Family Income $48,258
% Above Poverty Level 74.2%
% Below Poverty Level 25.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 31 minutes
% Working from Home 4.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.2%
% Using Public Transportation 7.7%

Housing

People Living Alone 34.8%
Median Gross Rent $1,132
Median House Value $92,900

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 79.7%
US/American 0%
English 1.9%
Irish 2.1%

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

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

Notes:

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

Station PARK FOREST
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
Station CHICAGO UNIVERSITY
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 16,806 $57,752
Hazel Crest 14,195 $71,473

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

Markham Public Libraries

Library
Bradford/anderson/ogelsby Pub. Lib.
16640 SOUTH KEDZIE AVENUE
Markham, Illinois
(708) 331-0130
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