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Overview

Introduction to Crete, Illinois

Crete, Illinois, in Will county, is 11 miles SW of Hammond, Indiana and 28 miles S of Chicago, Illinois.

Crete History

The village of Crete was established by Willard Wood and Vermonters Dyantha in 1836 as Wood’s Corner. Crete houses the Bible League’s International Headquarters. Will County was founded in 1836 and named in honor of Dr. Conrad Will, a local politician and businessman. Dr. Will was also a member of the legislature of Illinois and the first Illinois Constitutional Convention.

Crete and nearby Attractions

  • Matteson Historical Museum
  • Hoosier Prairie State Nature Preserve
  • Tinley Park Historical Society and Museum
  • William W. Powers State Recreation Area
  • Lemont Area Historical Society & Museum
  • Buckley Homestead County Park

Things To Do In Crete

Local parks include the Hoosier Prairie State Nature Preserve, Lemon Lake County Park, Buckley Homestead County Park and Oak Ridge Prairie County Park. Local museums include the Tinley Park Historical Society and Museum, the Matteson Historical Museum, the Frankfort Historical Museum and the Midwest Carvers Museum. The Brookfield Zoo and Shedd Aquarium are accessible from Crete as well. Golfers can enjoy a round at Deer Creek Golf Club, Tuckaway Golf Club or at the Hidden Meadows Golf Club.

Crete Transportation

Air transportation is available from Chicago Midway International Airport.

Crete Higher Education

Nearby colleges are Prairie State College, South Suburban College, Chicago State University and Indiana University-Northwest.

People

Total Population 8,246
Male Share of the Population 50.7%
Female Share of the Population 49.3%
Senior Citizens 17.3%
Employed Population 16+ 4,061
Age of the Population 43

Families

% of people married 52.8%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 36.2%
Median Earnings25+ $41,070
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $15,658
Median Earnings With High School Degree $26,094

Wealth

Median Family Income $78,401
% Above Poverty Level 94.7%
% Below Poverty Level 5.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 30 minutes
% Working from Home 4.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0%
% Using Public Transportation 3.1%

Housing

People Living Alone 27.6%
Median Gross Rent $1,003
Median House Value $165,300

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 30.1%
US/American 0%
English 7.5%
Irish 16%

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

Crete Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 11 miles SW of Hammond, Indiana (center to center)
Nearest Large City 28 miles S of Chicago, Illinois
County Will
Standard Zip Codes 60417
Phone Area Codes 708
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.444
Longitude -87.631

Crete 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 PARK FOREST
Distance 4.7 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 LOWELL
Distance 16.6 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
Station JOLIET BRANDON RD DAM
Distance 24.6 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

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/.

Crete Public Libraries

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Crete P.l.d.
1177 N. MAIN ST.
Crete, Illinois
(708) 672-8017

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Crete High Schools

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CRETE-MONEE HIGH SCHOOL
760 W EXCHANGE ST
708-672-2800
Serves 1,520 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20.3

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1500 SANGAMON
708-672-2627
A Non-traditional School
Serves 51 students.

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