Introduction to Richton Park, Illinois

Richton Park, Illinois, in Cook county, is 12 miles SW of Richton Park, Illinois and 26 miles S of Chicago, Illinois. The village is conveniently located inside the Chicago metropolitan area.

Richton Park History

In the 1840s, German immigrants were the first to settle near the area now known as Richton. The area was then known as Thorn Creek. When the Illinois Central Railroad was laid through the region in 1852, land developers established a village around the track and renamed the area Richton Park. In 1926, Richton Park was the last train station in the area. There was a temporary rise in real estate trading in the village towards the late 1920s. In the following years, however, Richton Park again settled down as a dedicated farming community, with extensive asparagus plantations surrounding it.

Richton Park and nearby Attractions

  • Jones Park
  • New German Evangelical Zion Cemetery
  • Midwest Carvers Museum
  • Richton Park Metrorail Station
  • Richton Park Public Library
  • Lake George

Things To Do In Richton Park

The village has many beautiful parks such as Jones Park, Pierce Park, Klawitter Park and Glaeser Park, all of which provide picnic spots. Lake George is a crystal clear water body and a well-known fishing spot.

Richton Park Transportation

Chicago Midway International Airport provides air transportation facilities.

Richton Park Higher Education

Governors State University and Chicago State University provide higher education to the people of the Richton Park.


Total Population 13,744
Male Share of the Population 45.8%
Female Share of the Population 54.2%
Senior Citizens 10.2%
Employed Population 16+ 5,955
Age of the Population 40


% of people married 33.9%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 32.5%
Median Earnings25+ $40,055
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $36,667
Median Earnings With High School Degree $30,776


Median Family Income $65,017
% Above Poverty Level 80.7%
% Below Poverty Level 19.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 32 minutes
% Working from Home 2.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.9%
% Using Public Transportation 11.8%


People Living Alone 32%
Median Gross Rent $1,011
Median House Value $148,200


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 78.9%
US/American 0%
English 0.6%
Irish 2.4%

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

Richton Park Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 12 miles SW of Hammond, Indiana (center to center)
Nearest Large City 26 miles S of Chicago, Illinois
County Cook
Standard Zip Codes 60471
Phone Area Codes 708
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.484
Longitude -87.703

Richton Park Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 1.5 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 20.6 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 LOWELL
Distance 21.2 miles
Jan Temp 12 to 30 F
Apr Temp 37 to 60 F
Jul Temp 62 to 84 F
Oct Temp 39 to 64 F
Annual Precip 40 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Chicago Heights 30,428 $50,711

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

Richton Park Public Libraries

Richton Park P.l.d.ric
Richton Park, Illinois
(708) 481-5333
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Richton Park High Schools

Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 1,066 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16

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