South Holland, Illinois

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South Holland, Illinois

Introduction to South Holland, Illinois

South Holland, Illinois, in Cook county, is 5 miles W of Hammond, Indiana and 18 miles S of Chicago, Illinois. The village is conveniently located inside the Chicago metropolitan area. There are an estimated 22,147 people in South Holland.

South Holland History

The early settlers of this area were immigrants who came from the Netherlands in 1846. South Holland began as a general farming community but later began specializing in growing vegetables. It became famous for growing onion sets and went on to be known as the "Onion Set Capital of the World." It was officially incorporated in 1894.

South Holland and nearby Attractions

  • Midwest Carvers Museum
  • Matteson Historical Museum
  • Midwest Carvers Museum
  • William W. Powers State Recreation Area
  • Wolf Lake
  • Riverview Park

Things To Do In South Holland

South Holland has several parks where people can go to relax or pursue recreational activities. The village administration includes a Parks and Recreation Department which regularly organizes a variety of recreational programs and also maintains the parks. The village also has a canoe trail running along the Little Calumet River, which passes though several points of interest in the village.

South Holland Transportation

Chicago Midway International provides facilities for air transportation.

South Holland Higher Education

South Suburban College is the local institution offering facilities for higher education. Other such institutions in the surrounding areas include Prairie State College and Chicago State University.

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High Points

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

Category Trophy
Public Transportation Use
(vs. Peers)
Top 7% South Holland Public Transportation Use
Racial Diversity
(vs. State)
Top 7% South Holland Racial Diversity
Median Family Income
(vs. State)
Top 16% South Holland Median Family Income

Comparative Profile of South Holland, Illinois

Comparing South Holland 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
Racial Diversity 9 10
Age of the Population 9 8
Senior Citizens 8 7
Female Share of the Population 8 8
Well-Paid Single Women 8 9
Well-Paid Single Men 7 8
Children Under 5 Years Old 4 4
Male Share of the Population 3 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Average Household Size 9 9
Portion of People Married 8 8


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

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Public Transportation Use 10 10
Working at Home 7 7
Walking and Biking to Work 5 7
Short Commute Times 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Housing Recently Built 5 7
Affordability of Rents 4 3
Affordability of Property Taxes 3 3
People Living Alone 2 2
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 2 4
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 1 2

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South Holland Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 5 miles W of Hammond, Indiana (center to center)
Nearest Large City 18 miles S of Chicago, Illinois
County Cook
Standard Zip Codes 60473
Phone Area Codes 708
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.6
Longitude -87.606

South Holland Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 8 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 HOBART 2 WNW
Distance 17.1 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
Distance 21.9 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 32 F
Apr Temp 38 to 60 F
Jul Temp 63 to 84 F
Oct Temp 44 to 65 F
Annual Precip 36.3 inches
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South Holland Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 22,147 100%
Male 10,444 47.2%
Female 11,703 52.8%
Under 18 5,664 25.6%
18+ 16,483 74.4%
65+ 3,921 17.7%
Median Age 40
Average Family Size 3.24
White 9,975 45%
African-American 11,253 50.8%
Asian 190 0.9%
American Indian & Alaskan 37 0.2%
Other 428 1.9%
Mixed Race 262 1.2%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 836 3.8%

Estimated South Holland Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 21,552
Growth -595
Growth % -2.7%

South Holland 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) 53.1%
Dutch 12.8%
Polish 6.4%
German 5.4%
Irish 4.4%
Italian 3.7%
African 2.1%
Swedish 1.8%
English 1.7%
Jamaican 0.8%
Serbian 0.8%
US/American 0.6%
Croatian 0.6%
Lithuanian 0.5%
Hungarian 0.5%
Scottish 0.4%
Scotch-Irish 0.4%
Czech 0.3%
Norwegian 0.3%
Haitian 0.3%
French (except Basque) 0.3%
French Canadian 0.3%
Ukrainian 0.3%
Greek 0.3%
Slovak 0.2%
Danish 0.2%
Russian 0.2%
Sierra Leonean 0.2%
Nigerian 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
South Holland 22,147 $67,451
Dolton 25,614 $52,725
East Hazel Crest 1,607 $50,625
Harvey 30,000 $35,378
Phoenix 2,157 $32,688
Riverdale 15,055 $41,892
Thornton 2,582 $55,104

South Holland Public Libraries

South Holland P.l.
South Holland, Illinois
(708) 331-5262
Library Web Site

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Starbucks in South Holland

(As of 2005)
South Holland, Illinois
401 E 162nd St
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South Holland High Schools (2004)

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17101 S PARK AVE
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 2,328 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16

350 W 154TH ST
A Special Education School
Serves 163 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 4.9

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