Introduction to Palos Heights, Illinois

Palos Heights, Illinois, in Cook county, is 3 miles SW of Oak Lawn, Illinois and 15 miles SW of Chicago, Illinois. The people of the city are in the Chicago metropolitan area.

Palos Heights History

Palos Heights used to be an open farming region back in 1930s. In 1935, the Robert Bartlett Building Corporation purchased the land for housing purposes. Many houses were built by the company in the area and were offered to prospective buyers at reasonable prices. The City of Palos Heights was incorporated on April 16, 1959.

Palos Heights and nearby Attractions

  • Westgate Country Club
  • American Police Center & Museum
  • Jennie Huizenga Memorial Library
  • Saint Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church
  • Holy Sepulchre Cemetery
  • Palmer Park

Things To Do In Palos Heights

Westgate Country Club and Oak Hill Golf Club entice tourists with sports and other recreational facilities. Saint Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church is an architectural marvel. Major parks in the area, such as Navajo Park and Palmer Park allow tourists to spend some quality time around nature.

Palos Heights Transportation

Chicago Midway International Airport provides air transportation facilities.

Palos Heights Higher Education

Moraine Valley Community College and Chicago State University provide higher education to the people of Palos Heights.


Total Population 12,566
Male Share of the Population 45.9%
Female Share of the Population 54.1%
Senior Citizens 28.4%
Employed Population 16+ 5,258
Age of the Population 51


% of people married 55.7%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 44.9%
Median Earnings25+ $51,847
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $34,777
Median Earnings With High School Degree $38,045


Median Family Income $103,564
% Above Poverty Level 97.3%
% Below Poverty Level 2.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 35 minutes
% Working from Home 6.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.8%
% Using Public Transportation 6.6%


People Living Alone 26.1%
Median Gross Rent $1,757
Median House Value $280,400


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 11.2%
US/American 0.4%
English 3%
Irish 26.8%

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

Palos Heights Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 3 miles SW of Oak Lawn, Illinois (center to center)
Nearest Large City 15 miles SW of Chicago, Illinois
County Cook
Standard Zip Codes 60463
Phone Area Codes 708
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.668
Longitude -87.796

Palos Heights Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 4.6 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 31 F
Apr Temp 40 to 59 F
Jul Temp 66 to 85 F
Oct Temp 45 to 63 F
Annual Precip 38.3 inches
Distance 12.9 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
Distance 13 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Alsip 19,396 $65,045
Chicago Ridge 14,407 $47,790
Crestwood 11,027 $68,829

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

Palos Heights Public Libraries

Palos Heights P.l.
12501 W. 71ST AVE
Palos Heights, Illinois
(708) 448-1473
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Palos Heights Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
(708) 923-4000
Emergency Service: Yes

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Student/teacher ratio: 19.2

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