Matteson, Illinois

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Matteson, Illinois

Introduction to Matteson, Illinois

Matteson, Illinois, in Cook county, is 11 miles SE of Orland Park, Illinois and 24 miles S of Chicago, Illinois. The village is in the Chicago area. There are 12,928 residents in Matteson.

Matteson History

The village of Matteson was established in 1848 by Frederick Illgen, who bought 40 acres of land from the government and laid the foundation stone. The town was named after the tenth Governor of Illinois, Joel A. Matteson. The first group of settlers who arrived at Matteson were mostly German immigrants. In 1855, Charles Ohlendorf was the first homeowner, the first merchant and the first postmaster of the region. In 1860, the first school was built in the village. In 1876, a new village hall was built and the school building added another story.

Matteson and nearby Attractions

  • Hoosier Prairie State Nature Preserve
  • Lincoln Mall
  • Matteson Historical Museum
  • William W. Powers State Recreation Area

Things To Do In Matteson

Matteson presents many entertainment options for its visitors. The Lincoln Mall, one of the shopping centers in the area, and the Matteson Auto Mall, the largest group of car dealerships in Illinois, are located close to the village. Hoosier Prairie State Nature Preserve, located nearby, provides plenty of opportunities to view and photograph various kinds of animals and birds in their natural habitats. The Matteson Historical Museum is a great place to study the history of the village in a detailed manner. William W. Powers State Recreation Area provides options for various outdoor sports and picnicking.

Matteson Transportation

Chicago Midway Airport is nearby.

Matteson Higher Education

Higher educational opportunities are provided by the ITT Technical Institute, Governors State University, and Prairie State College.

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High Points

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

Category Trophy
Public Transportation Use
(vs. Peers)
Top 7% Matteson Public Transportation Use
Racial Diversity
(vs. State)
Top 9% Matteson Racial Diversity
Well-Paid Single Women
(vs. State)
Top 12% Matteson Well-Paid Single Women
Median Family Income
(vs. State)
Top 17% Matteson Median Family Income

Comparative Profile of Matteson, Illinois

Comparing Matteson 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
Female Share of the Population 9 9
Racial Diversity 9 10
Well-Paid Single Women 9 9
Well-Paid Single Men 7 8
Age of the Population 6 6
Children Under 5 Years Old 5 5
Senior Citizens 3 3
Male Share of the Population 2 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Average Household Size 9 9
Portion of People Married 7 5


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

Commute & Sprawl

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


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Housing Recently Built 9 9
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 3 6
Affordability of Rents 3 2
Affordability of Property Taxes 3 3
People Living Alone 3 3
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 2 4

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Matteson Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 11 miles SE of Orland Park, Illinois (center to center)
Nearest Large City 24 miles S of Chicago, Illinois
County Cook
Standard Zip Codes 60443
Phone Area Codes 708
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.503
Longitude -87.713

Matteson Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 1.6 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 20 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 30 F
Apr Temp 37 to 60 F
Jul Temp 63 to 85 F
Oct Temp 41 to 64 F
Annual Precip 36.9 inches
Station HOBART 2 WNW
Distance 22.5 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
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Matteson Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 12,928 100%
Male 5,977 46.2%
Female 6,951 53.8%
Under 18 3,578 27.7%
18+ 9,350 72.3%
65+ 1,393 10.8%
Median Age 37.3
Average Family Size 3.21
White 4,230 32.7%
African-American 8,098 62.6%
Asian 201 1.6%
American Indian & Alaskan 16 0.1%
Other 144 1.1%
Mixed Race 239 1.8%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 436 3.4%

Estimated Matteson Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 15,675
Growth 2,747
Growth % 21.2%

Matteson 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) 64.6%
German 8%
Irish 5.8%
Polish 3.4%
US/American 2.5%
Italian 2.5%
African 2.2%
English 2%
Dutch 1.3%
Swedish 1.1%
French (except Basque) 0.9%
British 0.7%
Scotch-Irish 0.7%
Lithuanian 0.5%
Jamaican 0.4%
Danish 0.4%
Nigerian 0.3%
Ukrainian 0.3%
Hungarian 0.3%
Croatian 0.2%
Belgian 0.2%
Czech 0.2%
Czechoslovakian 0.2%
Norwegian 0.2%
Scottish 0.2%
Haitian 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Matteson 12,928 $65,666
Chicago Heights 32,776 $42,681
Flossmoor 9,301 $103,539
Olympia Fields 4,732 $100,121
Park Forest 23,462 $55,801
Richton Park 12,533 $58,661
South Chicago Heights 3,970 $49,279

Matteson Public Libraries

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(708) 748-4431
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Starbucks in Matteson

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4726 W. Lincoln Highway

Wal-mart in Matteson

(As of 2006)
21410 South Cicero Avenue
(708) 503-0440
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