Overview

Introduction to Palos Heights, Illinois

Palos Heights, Illinois, in Cook county, is 3 miles SW of Oak Lawn, Illinois and 15 miles SW of Chicago, Illinois. The people of the city are in the Chicago metropolitan area.

Palos Heights History

Palos Heights used to be an open farming region back in 1930s. In 1935, the Robert Bartlett Building Corporation purchased the land for housing purposes. Many houses were built by the company in the area and were offered to prospective buyers at reasonable prices. The City of Palos Heights was incorporated on April 16, 1959.

Palos Heights and nearby Attractions

  • Westgate Country Club
  • American Police Center & Museum
  • Jennie Huizenga Memorial Library
  • Saint Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church
  • Holy Sepulchre Cemetery
  • Palmer Park

Things To Do In Palos Heights

Westgate Country Club and Oak Hill Golf Club entice tourists with sports and other recreational facilities. Saint Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church is an architectural marvel. Major parks in the area, such as Navajo Park and Palmer Park allow tourists to spend some quality time around nature.

Palos Heights Transportation

Chicago Midway International Airport provides air transportation facilities.

Palos Heights Higher Education

Moraine Valley Community College and Chicago State University provide higher education to the people of Palos Heights.

Demographics

People

Total Population12,534
Male Share of the Population47.7%
Female Share of the Population52.3%
Senior Citizens29.1%
Employed Population 16+5,556
Age of the Population52

Families

% of people married54.5%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher32.5%
Median Earnings25+$53,524
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$55,257
Median Earnings With High School Degree$46,958

Wealth

Median Family Income$100,729
% Above Poverty Level95.5%
% Below Poverty Level4.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time34 minutes
% Working from Home8.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work2.6%
% Using Public Transportation7.6%

Housing

People Living Alone25.3%
Median Gross Rent$1,370
Median House Value$278,500

Ancestry

Irish28.5%
German18%
Polish16.5%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)11.6%
Italian10.3%
Dutch4.9%
English4.5%
Greek4.3%
Lithuanian3.2%
Czech2.4%
Swedish2.4%
Hungarian1.9%
French Except Basque1.6%
Russian1.4%
Norwegian1.3%
Austrian1.2%
Ukrainian1.1%
Scottish1.1%
Arab0.9%
Jordanian0.9%
Croatian0.7%
Slovak0.6%
Danishn0.5%
African0.5%
Canadian0.3%
US/American0.3%
Estonian0.2%
Swiss0.2%
Welsh0.1%
Serbian0.1%
Latvian0.1%
Belgian0.1%
Slovene0.1%
Nigerian0.1%
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Palos Heights Almanac

CategoryValue
CountyCook County
Standard Zip Codes60463
Phone Area Codes
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude41.66
Approximate Longitude-87.79

Palos Heights Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationCHICAGO MIDWAY AP 3 SW
Distance4.6 miles
Jan Temp16 to 31 F
Apr Temp40 to 59 F
Jul Temp66 to 85 F
Oct Temp45 to 63 F
Annual Precip38.3 inches
StationCHICAGO UNIVERSITY
Distance12.9 miles
Jan Temp18 to 32 F
Apr Temp42 to 59 F
Jul Temp66 to 84 F
Oct Temp46 to 64 F
Annual Precip38 inches
StationPARK FOREST
Distance13 miles
Jan Temp15 to 29 F
Apr Temp39 to 58 F
Jul Temp65 to 84 F
Oct Temp43 to 63 F
Annual Precip38.6 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Alsip19,179$68,847
Chicago Ridge14,254$48,958
Crestwood10,901$75,188

Palos Heights Public Libraries

Palos Heights Public Library
12501 SOUTH 71ST AVENUE
Palos Heights, Illinois
(708) 448-1473

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Palos Heights Hospitals

Palos Community Hospital
(Non-profit)
12251 South 80th Avenue
(708) 923-4000

Palos Heights Public Schools

A B Shepard High Sch (campus)
13049 S Ridgeland Ave
ZIP: 60463
(708) 371-1111
High
Total Enrollment 1762
Chippewa Elem School
12425 S Austin Ave
ZIP: 60463
(708) 388-7260
Primary
Total Enrollment 205
Independence Jr High School
6610 W Highland Dr
ZIP: 60463
(708) 448-0737
Middle
Total Enrollment 252
Indian Hill
12800 S Austin Ave
ZIP: 60463
(708) 597-1285
Primary
Total Enrollment 126
Navajo Heights Elem School
12401 S Oak Park Ave
ZIP: 60463
(708) 385-3269
Middle
Total Enrollment 155
Palos East Elementary School
7700 W 127th St
ZIP: 60463
(708) 448-1084
Primary
Total Enrollment 812

Palos Heights Private Schools

Elim Christian School
13020 S Central Ave
ZIP: 60463
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 276
Incarnation Elementary School
5705 W 127th St
ZIP: 60463
Elementary
Total Enrollment 185
Palos Evangelical Lutheran School Wels
12428 S 71th Ct
ZIP: 60463
Elementary
Total Enrollment 8
Sandbox Learning Center
12832 S Ridgeland Ave
ZIP: 60463
Elementary
Total Enrollment 10
Southwest Chicago Christian Schools
12001 S Oak Park Ave
ZIP: 60463
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 945
St Alexander School
7025 W 126th St
ZIP: 60463
Elementary
Total Enrollment 273
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