Chicago Heights is a city situated in Cook County, Illinois, and serves as a suburb of Chicago. The city has a population of 30,276, according to the user-provided data, while the 2020 census reports a slightly lower figure of 27,480. Located about 30 miles south of the Chicago Loop, Chicago Heights is nicknamed “The Heights” and was historically known as “The Crossroads of the Nation.”
The city lies on the high land of the Tinley Moraine, with the Valparaiso Moraine located just to the south. It has a total area of 10.30 square miles, almost all of which is land. The city’s major crossroads are at Dixie Highway (Illinois Route 1) and Lincoln Highway (U.S. Route 30).
The racial makeup of the city is diverse, with 42.50% African American, 21.05% White, and a significant Hispanic or Latino population making up 38.99% of the total. The median age is 35.4 years, and the average household size is 3.67.
Economy and Education
Chicago Heights was once home to several major industrial companies, including the Thrall Car Manufacturing Company and Inland Steel Company. Currently, Ford Motor Company operates a metal stamping plant in the city. The city is served by Chicago Heights School District 170, which operates twelve schools, and is home to Bloom High School and Bloom Trail High School.
Housing and Taxes
The median home price in Chicago Heights is $167,000, with an average property tax of $3,657. The average county tax rate is 2.19%, and the zip codes for the area are 60411 and 60412.
Notable People and Places
Some notable people from Chicago Heights include television producer Paris Barclay and Pulitzer Prize-winning political columnist David Broder. The city also has four sister cities, including Asuogyaman District in Ghana and Cedral in Mexico.
Chicago Heights offers a blend of suburban and urban lifestyles, with diverse demographics and a range of educational and employment opportunities. The relatively lower median home price and property tax make it an affordable option for many, although the city has seen a decline in population in recent years.
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