Willow Springs, Illinois

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Willow Springs, Illinois

Introduction to Willow Springs, Illinois

Located in Cook county, Willow Springs, Illinois, is 5 miles W of Oak Lawn, Illinois (center to center) and 13 miles SW of Chicago, Illinois. The village has a population of 5,027 residents.

Willow Springs History

The Village of Willow Springs was created on January 15, 1831; the area now covered by the village was originally used by the Native Americans as their hunting and burial ground. The Joliet and Chicago railroad built a line to the area after 1854, and the Chicago, St. Louis & South - Western Railroad arrived in the fall of 1883. Willow Springs was incorporated into the state in 1892. At that time, the village was named Spring Forest. Later, in 1937, Willow Springs adopted its present name.

Willow Springs and nearby Attractions

  • Brookfield Zoo
  • Graue Mill and Museum
  • Lockport Pioneer Settlement
  • American Police Center & Museum
  • Chicago Portage National Historic Site
  • William W. Powers State Recreation Area

Things To Do In Willow Springs

Willow Springs is close to the Brookfield Zoo. Museums in the area include the Graue Mill and Museum, Lemont Area Historical Society and Museum, Cernan Earth and Space Center, Tinley Park Historical Society and Museum, American Police Center and Museum, and Chicago Portage National Historic Site. The William W. Powers State Recreation Area, Grant Park, Millennium Park, and Cantigny Park are less than half an hour's drive away. The churches in the area are the Grace Lutheran Church and First Baptist Church of Willow Springs.

Willow Springs Transportation

Chicago Midway International Airport is the closest airport to the city.

Willow Springs Higher Education

Moraine Valley Community College, Elmhurst College, and Morton College are the local schools for higher education.

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High Points

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

Category Trophy
Well-Paid Single Women
(vs. State)
Top 10% Willow Springs Well-Paid Single Women
Well-Paid Single Men
(vs. Peers)
Top 12% Willow Springs Well-Paid Single Men
Median Family Income
(vs. State)
Top 16% Willow Springs Median Family Income
Public Transportation Use
(vs. Peers)
Top 19% Willow Springs Public Transportation Use

Comparative Profile of Willow Springs, Illinois

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


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 8 7
Average Household Size 6 7


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People in Middle Class or Better 8 9
Median Family Income 8 9
People Above Poverty 7 7
College Educated Adults 6 8

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Public Transportation Use 9 9
Working at Home 8 8
Walking and Biking to Work 4 6
Short Commute Times 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Housing Recently Built 8 9
People Living Alone 5 5
Affordability of Rents 4 3
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 3 6
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 2 4
Affordability of Property Taxes 2 2

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Willow Springs Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 5 miles W of Oak Lawn, Illinois (center to center)
Nearest Large City 13 miles SW of Chicago, Illinois
County Cook
Standard Zip Codes 60480
Phone Area Codes 708
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.74
Longitude -87.86

Willow Springs 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 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
Station WHEATON 3 SE
Distance 11.9 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 32 F
Apr Temp 38 to 63 F
Jul Temp 63 to 87 F
Oct Temp 42 to 67 F
Annual Precip 37.9 inches
Distance 17 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 30 F
Apr Temp 38 to 58 F
Jul Temp 63 to 84 F
Oct Temp 42 to 62 F
Annual Precip 36.2 inches
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Willow Springs Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 5,027 100%
Male 2,528 50.3%
Female 2,499 49.7%
Under 18 1,130 22.5%
18+ 3,897 77.5%
65+ 544 10.8%
Median Age 40.7
Average Family Size 3.12
White 4,721 93.9%
African-American 36 0.7%
Asian 93 1.9%
American Indian & Alaskan 6 0.1%
Other 54 1.1%
Mixed Race 116 2.3%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 254 5.1%

Estimated Willow Springs Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 6,011
Growth 984
Growth % 19.6%

Willow Springs 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
Polish 24%
German 13.7%
Italian 12.6%
Irish 10.7%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 5.8%
Czech 4.2%
Lithuanian 3.1%
English 2.6%
Serbian 2.2%
Slovak 1.8%
Danish 1.7%
Dutch 1.5%
Greek 1.5%
Czechoslovakian 1.5%
Croatian 1.4%
US/American 1.2%
Norwegian 1.2%
Egyptian 1.2%
Armenian 1%
French Canadian 0.8%
Austrian 0.8%
Albanian 0.8%
Swedish 0.8%
Brazilian 0.5%
Russian 0.5%
Scottish 0.4%
Eastern European 0.4%
Portuguese 0.4%
Ukrainian 0.3%
French (except Basque) 0.3%
Palestinian 0.3%
Lebanese 0.3%
Macedonian 0.2%
Belgian 0.2%
Canadian 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Willow Springs 5,027 $66,886
Bridgeview 15,335 $52,490
Countryside 5,991 $64,535
Hickory Hills 13,926 $61,972
Hodgkins 2,134 $42,313
Indian Head Park 3,685 $78,443
Justice 12,193 $55,323
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