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Overview

Introduction to Blue Island, Illinois

Blue Island, Illinois, in Cook county, is 5 miles SE of Oak Lawn, Illinois (center to center) and 14 miles S of Chicago, Illinois. Part of the surrounding Chicago metro area, the city is not an isolated city.

Blue Island History

The Ottawas, Ojibwas, and Potawatomi Native Americans were the original inhabitants of the present day city of Blue Island. The area was settled by the whites after 1835. At that time, Blue Island served as a way station on the historic Vincennes Trail. Blue Island was so named due to its location on a glacial ridge that rises like an island. The Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad first entered the city in 1852. Blue Island was incorporated as a city in 1901.

Blue Island and nearby Attractions

  • Hollywood Park - Crestwood
  • Vincennes Trail
  • Bronzeville Children's Museum
  • Hoosier Prairie State Nature Preserve
  • Midwest Carvers Museum
  • William W. Powers State Recreation Area

Things To Do In Blue Island

Blue Island offers approximately 10 public parks including Memorial Park, Hart Park, Kiddie Korral, Centennial Park, Perillo Park, Stan’s Park, and York Street Playground. You can enjoy golf at the Meadows Golf Club. The Blue Island Water Works is also worth visiting. The Bronzeville Children's Museum and the Museum of Science and Industry are nearby. In addition, the city of Blue Island organizes several recreational programs throughout the year.

Blue Island Transportation

Chicago Midway International Airport is the nearest international airport.

Blue Island Higher Education

Chicago State University and City Colleges of Chicago - Olive - Harvey College are nearby.

People

Total Population 23,096
Male Share of the Population 49.8%
Female Share of the Population 50.2%
Senior Citizens 11.6%
Employed Population 16+ 9,458
Age of the Population 35

Families

% of people married 35.6%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 15.3%
Median Earnings25+ $26,976
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $21,656
Median Earnings With High School Degree $25,374

Wealth

Median Family Income $44,854
% Above Poverty Level 76.7%
% Below Poverty Level 23.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 31 minutes
% Working from Home 1.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.1%
% Using Public Transportation 10.9%

Housing

People Living Alone 35%
Median Gross Rent $819
Median House Value $118,800

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 72.1%
US/American 0%
English 1.7%
Irish 4.2%

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

Blue Island Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 5 miles SE of Oak Lawn, Illinois (center to center)
Nearest Large City 14 miles S of Chicago, Illinois
County Cook
Standard Zip Codes 60406, 60827
Phone Area Codes 708
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.657
Longitude -87.68

Blue Island Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

Station CHICAGO MIDWAY AP 3 SW
Distance 7.5 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 CHICAGO UNIVERSITY
Distance 9.7 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 PARK FOREST
Distance 10.9 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
Calumet Park 8,367 $51,720
Dixmoor 3,626 $37,147

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

Blue Island Public Libraries

Library
Blue Island P.l.
2433 YORK STREET
Blue Island, Illinois
(708) 388-1078
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Blue Island Hospitals

ST FRANCIS HOSPITAL & HEALTH CENTER
(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
12935 S GREGORY
(708) 597-2000
Emergency Service: Yes

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12700 SACRAMENTO AVE
708-597-6300
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Serves 1,669 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.6

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13813 WESTERN AVE
708-597-8862
A Special Education School
Serves 235 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 8.1

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