Introduction to Riverdale, Illinois

Riverdale, Illinois is 7 miles NW of Hammond, Indiana and 15 miles S of Chicago, Illinois. It is in Cook county and a part of the Chicago metro area. The population of Riverdale is 15,055.

Riverdale History

George Dolton was the first settler to arrive in the area in 1835. He built his home near a local Potawatomi Indian reservation. The area began to grow and diversify, and in 1836, a river ferry license was granted to Dolton by the County government. Riverdale was officially incorporated in November of 1892.

Riverdale and nearby Attractions

  • Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture
  • Riverdale Public Library
  • Memorial Field House
  • Midlothian Creek
  • Joe Louis Golf Course
  • Ivanhoe Park

Things To Do In Riverdale

While in Riverdale, one can visit the Matteson Historical Museum, the Midwest Carvers Museum, the Tinley Park Historical Society and Museum and the Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture. The Riverdale Public Library, the Riverdale Village Hall, the Reitz Building and the Memorial Field House also provide interesting insights into the local history and culture. Riverdale has a number of parks where one can spend time in the company of family and friends.

Riverdale Transportation

Air transportation is available from Chicago Midway International Airport.

Riverdale Higher Education

The higher educational institutes nearby are South Suburban College, Chicago State University, the City Colleges of Chicago-Olive-Harvey College and Prairie State College.


Total Population 13,278
Male Share of the Population 44.7%
Female Share of the Population 55.3%
Senior Citizens 5.8%
Employed Population 16+ 5,261
Age of the Population 33


% of people married 22.7%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 13.8%
Median Earnings25+ $32,789
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $21,544
Median Earnings With High School Degree $30,688


Median Family Income $53,205
% Above Poverty Level 74.7%
% Below Poverty Level 25.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 36 minutes
% Working from Home 2.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.6%
% Using Public Transportation 14%


People Living Alone 38%
Median Gross Rent $891
Median House Value $88,200


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 86.3%
US/American 0%
English 0.7%
Irish 1%

Riverdale Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 7 miles NW of Hammond, Indiana (center to center)
Nearest Large City 15 miles S of Chicago, Illinois
County Cook
Standard Zip Codes 60827
Phone Area Codes 708
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.633
Longitude -87.633

Riverdale Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 9.6 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 10.5 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 19 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
Calumet Park 8,189 $54,247
Dixmoor 3,635 $37,401
Dolton 23,262 $50,086
Harvey 25,225 $35,383

Riverdale Public Libraries

Riverdale P.l.d.
Riverdale, Illinois
(708) 841-3311
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