Village of Richton Park
Richton Park welcome sign
Richton Park welcome sign
Motto(s): 
"Proud Past; Bright Future"
Location of Richton Park in Cook County, Illinois.
Location of Richton Park in Cook County, Illinois.
Location of Illinois in the United States
Location of Illinois in the United States
Coordinates: 41°28′55″N 87°43′31″W / 41.48194°N 87.72528°W / 41.48194; -87.72528Coordinates: 41°28′55″N 87°43′31″W / 41.48194°N 87.72528°W / 41.48194; -87.72528
CountryUnited States
StateIllinois
CountyCook
TownshipRich
Area
 • Total4.40 sq mi (11.41 km2)
 • Land4.39 sq mi (11.37 km2)
 • Water0.01 sq mi (0.03 km2)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total12,775
 • Density2,908.70/sq mi (1,123.08/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP Code(s)
60471, 60443
Area code(s)708
FIPS code17-63706
Wikimedia CommonsRichton Park, Illinois
Websitewww.richtonpark.org

Richton Park is a village and a southern suburb of Chicago in Cook County, Illinois, United States. The population was 12,775 at the 2020 census.[2] The community was named after a Richton in Vermont, the native home of a first settler.[3]

Geography

Richton Park is located at 41°28′55″N 87°43′31″W / 41.48194°N 87.72528°W / 41.48194; -87.72528 (41.481992, -87.725352).[4]

The village is bordered by Matteson to the north, Park Forest to the east, and University Park to the south.

According to the 2010 census, Richton Park has a total area of 3.992 square miles (10.34 km2), of which 3.98 square miles (10.31 km2) (or 99.7%) is land and 0.012 square miles (0.03 km2) (or 0.3%) is water.[5]

Tornado

On June 7th, 2008, an EF2 tornado struck Richton Park, damaging homes and businesses. It was one of several destructive tornadoes that day.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1930137
1940107−21.9%
1950232116.8%
1960933302.2%
19702,558174.2%
19809,403267.6%
199010,52311.9%
200012,53319.1%
201013,6468.9%
202012,775−6.4%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]2020 [2]

2020 census

Richton Park village, Illinois - Demographic Profile
(NH = Non-Hispanic)
Race / Ethnicity Pop 2010[7] Pop 2020[8] % 2010 % 2020
White alone (NH) 1,543 804 11.31% 6.29%
Black or African American alone (NH) 11,156 10,988 81.75% 86.01%
Native American or Alaska Native alone (NH) 12 21 0.09% 0.16%
Asian alone (NH) 136 94 1.00% 0.74%
Pacific Islander alone (NH) 8 1 0.06% 0.01%
Some Other Race alone (NH) 19 34 0.14% 0.27%
Mixed Race/Multi-Racial (NH) 295 291 2.16% 2.28%
Hispanic or Latino (any race) 477 542 3.50% 4.24%
Total 13,646 12,775 100.00% 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.

2010 Census

As of the 2010 census,[9] there were 13,646 people, 5,391 households, and 2.54 persons living per household. The population density was 3,426.9 people per square mile (1,435.9/km2) according to 2010 census. There were 4,730 housing units at an average density of 1,401.9 per square mile (541.9/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 82.4% African American, 12.7% White, 0.1% Native American, 1.0% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander and 2.6% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.5% of the population.

According to 2000 census data, there were 12,581 people, 4,578 households, out of which 39.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.5% were married couples living together, 18.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.1% were non-families. 26.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 7.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.68 and the average family size was 3.25. The racial makeup of the village was 59.02% African American, 35.77% White, 0.24% Native American, 1.53% Asian, 1.36% from other races, and 2.05% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.88% of the population.

The 2010 Census estimated the population was spread out, with 34.3% under the age of 18 and 8.6% of persons 65 years and over. These estimates were a change from those of 2000, with 28.8% under the age of 18, 8.8% from 18 to 24, 32.7% from 25 to 44, 22.1% from 45 to 64, and 7.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age in 2000 was 33 years. In 2010, 54.7% of the village was female persons.

In 2010-2014, the median household income was $54,887, an increase from the 2000 Census estimate of $48,299, and the median income for a family was $58,661. In 2000, males had a median income of $44,637 versus $35,231 for females. The per capita income for the village in 2010-2014 was $26,566. In 2000, about 4.2% of families and 7.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.2% of those under age 18 and 14.4% of those age 65 or over.

Economy

Richton Park is home to some retailers, restaurants, and small businesses, the largest being Walmart. Current developments include a Starbucks being constructed in the western part of the village, and a senior housing apartment building near the town center. Richton Park is also home to ITW Body & Interior manufacturers.

Education

Matteson School District 162 is headquartered in Richton Park and serves as the primary district.[10]

Elementary School District 159 serves portions of Richton Park.

Rich Township High School and Southland College Preparatory Charter High School are the two public high schools that serve Richton Park, both schools are located in the village.

The Richton Park Public Library District has served the village since 1972.

Notable places

Government

Richton Park is in Illinois' 2nd congressional district.

References

  1. ^ "2020 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved March 15, 2022.
  2. ^ a b "Quick factS: Richton Park village, Illinois". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 2021-10-04.
  3. ^ Illinois Central Magazine. Illinois Central Railroad Company. 1922. p. 45.
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  5. ^ "G001 - Geographic Identifiers - 2010 Census Summary File 1". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2020-02-13. Retrieved 2015-12-25.
  6. ^ "Census of Population and Housing from 1790". US Census Bureau. Retrieved January 24, 2022.
  7. ^ "P2 HISPANIC OR LATINO, AND NOT HISPANIC OR LATINO BY RACE - 2010: DEC Redistricting Data (PL 94-171) - Richton Park village, Illinois". United States Census Bureau.
  8. ^ "P2 HISPANIC OR LATINO, AND NOT HISPANIC OR LATINO BY RACE - 2020: DEC Redistricting Data (PL 94-171) - Richton Park village, Illinois". United States Census Bureau.
  9. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  10. ^ "Home page Archived 2013-04-15 at archive.today. Matteson School District 162. Retrieved on December 8, 2012. "4601 Sauk Trail, Richton Park, IL 60471"