Countryside, Illinois
Official seal of Countryside, Illinois
Location of Countryside in Cook County, Illinois.
Location of Countryside in Cook County, Illinois.
Location of Illinois in the United States
Location of Illinois in the United States
Coordinates: 41°46′44″N 87°52′26″W / 41.77889°N 87.87389°W / 41.77889; -87.87389
CountryUnited States
 • TypeCouncil–manager
 • MayorSean McDermott
 • Total2.88 sq mi (7.45 km2)
 • Land2.88 sq mi (7.45 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)  0%
 • Total6,420
 • Density2,230.72/sq mi (861.32/km2)
 Down 1.6% from 2000
Standard of living (2007-11)
 • Per capita income$28,124
 • Median home value$226,700
ZIP code(s)
Area code(s)708
FIPS code17-16873

Countryside is a city in Cook County, Illinois, United States. Per the 2020 census, the population was 6,420.[2]


The land where Countryside sits was originally inhabited by the Potawatomi Indians and later by early American pioneers in the beginning of the 19th century. Settler Joseph Vial and his family were among the first non-native people to settle in the Countryside area in 1833.

The area remained large expanses of rural farmland until the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, when the fire sent thousands of city dwellers into what is now west suburban Chicago. Land sold for only $2 an acre, which made areas such as Countryside a welcome respite from the congestion and industry in Chicago.

Despite the settlement of these early Countryside inhabitants, the area largely remained a quiet farming community until the post-World War II era when suburban areas such as Countryside began to experience explosive growth. The area's first residential subdivision was LaGrange Terrace, built in 1947; it was later followed by the Don L. Dise and Edgewood Park subdivisions in the 1950s.

The City of Countryside was officially incorporated in 1960.

Around 1917, the Marx Brothers family (later a famous comedy team) bought a chicken farm near Joliet Road (Route 66) and La Grange Road. Groucho Marx later claimed that the brothers spent too much time at Wrigley Field watching the Chicago Cubs to make the farm economically viable.


According to the 2021 census gazetteer files, Countryside has a total area of 2.88 square miles (7.46 km2), all land.[3]

Neighboring communities are Hodgkins, McCook, and La Grange.


Historical population
U.S. Decennial Census[4]
2010[5] 2020[6]

As of the 2020 census[7] there were 6,420 people, 2,543 households, and 1,531 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,230.72 inhabitants per square mile (861.29/km2). There were 2,812 housing units at an average density of 977.07 per square mile (377.25/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 72.94% White, 2.83% African American, 2.27% Asian, 0.53% Native American, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 9.45% from other races, and 11.92% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 24.00% of the population.

There were 2,543 households, out of which 26.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.11% were married couples living together, 10.58% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.80% were non-families. 36.02% of all households were made up of individuals, and 10.70% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.09 and the average family size was 2.32.

The city's age distribution consisted of 21.0% under the age of 18, 9.3% from 18 to 24, 19.2% from 25 to 44, 34.2% from 45 to 64, and 16.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 45.2 years. For every 100 females, there were 108.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 106.6 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $67,201, and the median income for a family was $90,804. Males had a median income of $52,837 versus $38,649 for females. The per capita income for the city was $44,265. About 5.7% of families and 6.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.2% of those under age 18 and 4.3% of those age 65 or over.

Countryside city, Illinois – Demographic Profile
(NH = Non-Hispanic)
Race / Ethnicity Pop 2010[5] Pop 2020[6] % 2010 % 2020
White alone (NH) 4,608 4,410 78.17% 68.69%
Black or African American alone (NH) 179 166 3.04% 2.59%
Native American or Alaska Native alone (NH) 3 4 0.05% 0.06%
Asian alone (NH) 86 145 1.46% 2.26%
Pacific Islander alone (NH) 1 1 0.02% 0.02%
Some Other Race alone (NH) 7 20 0.12% 0.31%
Mixed Race/Multi-Racial (NH) 45 133 0.76% 2.07%
Hispanic or Latino (any race) 966 1,541 16.39% 24.00%
Total 5,895 6,420 100.00% 100.00%

Note: the US Census treats Hispanic/Latino as an ethnic category. This table excludes Latinos from the racial categories and assigns them to a separate category. Hispanics/Latinos can be of any race.


The International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) Local 150 is based in Countryside at 6200 Joliet Road.

Countryside Plaza is a large draw for regional shopping.[8]


Countryside is in Illinois's 6th congressional district.


Countryside is served by La Grange School District 105 and Pleasantdale School District 107. Elementary students attend Ideal Elementary School in Countryside or Pleasantdale Elementary School in Willow Springs. Middle school students attend William F.Gurrie Middle School in La Grange or Pleasantdale Middle School in Burr Ridge IL. High school students move onto Lyons Township High School District 204 which has campuses in La Grange, and Western Springs.


Fire department

Countryside is served by the Pleasantview Fire Protection District, founded in 1946. It is directed by a board of trustees which is elected by the areas which make up the district. The fire district currently maintains three stations in its coverage area.


Pace provides bus service on routes 330 and 392 connecting Countryside to Summit, O'Hare International Airport and other destinations.[9]


  1. ^ "2020 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved March 15, 2022.
  2. ^ "Countryside city, Illinois". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved April 15, 2022.
  3. ^ Bureau, US Census. "Gazetteer Files". Retrieved June 29, 2022.
  4. ^ "Decennial Census of Population and Housing by Decades". US Census Bureau.
  5. ^ a b "P2 HISPANIC OR LATINO, AND NOT HISPANIC OR LATINO BY RACE – 2010: DEC Redistricting Data (PL 94-171) – Countryside city, Illinois". United States Census Bureau.
  6. ^ a b "P2 HISPANIC OR LATINO, AND NOT HISPANIC OR LATINO BY RACE – 2020: DEC Redistricting Data (PL 94-171) – Countryside city, Illinois". United States Census Bureau.
  7. ^ "Explore Census Data". Retrieved June 28, 2022.
  8. ^ "Countryside Plaza". Washington Prime Group. Retrieved July 14, 2019.
  9. ^ "RTA System Map" (PDF). Retrieved January 30, 2024.