South Holland, Illinois
Village of South Holland
South Holland Town Center
South Holland Town Center
South Holland Logo
"A Heritage of Faith; An Emphasis on Family; A Home for Our Future"
Location of South Holland in Cook County, Illinois.
Location of South Holland in Cook County, Illinois.
Location of Illinois in the United States
Location of Illinois in the United States
Coordinates: 41°36′N 87°36′W / 41.600°N 87.600°W / 41.600; -87.600
Country United States
StateIllinois Illinois
Named forSouth Holland, Netherlands
IncorporatedMay 12, 1894
 • TypeCouncil-Trustee
 • BodyBoard of Trustees
 • MayorDon A. DeGraff
 • AdministratorJ. Wynsma
 • ClerkSallie D. Penman
 • TreasurerBeth Herman
 • Total7.25 sq mi (18.78 km2)
 • Land7.24 sq mi (18.74 km2)
 • Water0.02 sq mi (0.04 km2)  0.27%
601 ft (183 m)
 • Total21,465
 • Density2,966.42/sq mi (1,145.36/km2)
Standard of living (2009-11)
 • Per capita income$25,887
 • Median home value$168,600
Time zoneUTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code708
FIPS code17-70850[2]
GNIS feature ID0418788[3]

South Holland is a village and south suburb of Chicago in Cook County, Illinois, United States, within Thornton Township. The population was 21,465 at the 2020 census.[4]


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The area currently occupied by South Holland, Illinois, was first settled in 1846 by immigrants from South Holland, Netherlands. When the community formally incorporated as a village in 1894, its population was about 1,000. Originally a general farming community, it later specialized in vegetable growing, especially onion sets. By the 1940s South Holland was known as the "Onion Set Capital of the World". The town was built on low ground near the Calumet River and was originally called de Laage Prairie (Low Prairie) to differentiate it from another Dutch settlement further north on higher ground and called de Hooge Prairie (now the Roseland neighborhood of Chicago).

In October 2007, declared South Holland to be the "Most Livable Metro-Area suburb" of the Chicago metropolitan area.[5]


South Holland is located at 41°36′N 87°36′W / 41.600°N 87.600°W / 41.600; -87.600 (41.60, -87.60).[6] It is bordered by Harvey and Phoenix to the west, Dolton to the north, Thornton to the south, and Calumet City and Lansing to the east.

According to the 2010 census, South Holland has a total area of 7.286 square miles (18.87 km2), of which 7.27 square miles (18.83 km2) (or 99.78%) is land and 0.016 square miles (0.04 km2) (or 0.22%) is water.[7]

South Holland's addresses and numbered streets are 3 blocks ahead of Chicago's grid. For example, 159th Street is actually called 162nd Street.

Surrounding areas

  Harvey Calumet City
  Phoenix   Calumet City
  East Hazel Crest Lansing


Historical population
U.S. Decennial Census[8]
2010[9] 2020[10]

As of the 2020 census[11] there were 21,465 people, 7,418 households, and 5,505 families residing in the village. The population density was 2,959.87 inhabitants per square mile (1,142.81/km2). There were 7,863 housing units at an average density of 1,084.25 per square mile (418.63/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 80.96% African American, 10.42% White, 0.28% Native American, 0.42% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 3.90% from other races, and 3.99% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.60% of the population.

There were 7,418 households, out of which 31.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.57% were married couples living together, 26.03% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.79% were non-families. 24.16% of all households were made up of individuals, and 12.25% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.36 and the average family size was 2.82.

The village's age distribution consisted of 23.0% under the age of 18, 8.0% from 18 to 24, 21.8% from 25 to 44, 30.6% from 45 to 64, and 16.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42.7 years. For every 100 females, there were 81.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 80.6 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $66,859, and the median income for a family was $79,688. Males had a median income of $41,500 versus $35,913 for females. The per capita income for the village was $28,649. About 9.3% of families and 11.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 19.2% of those under age 18 and 11.0% of those age 65 or over.

South Holland, Illinois – Racial and ethnic composition
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 may be of any race.
Race / Ethnicity (NH = Non-Hispanic) Pop 2010[9] Pop 2020[10] % 2010 % 2020
White alone (NH) 4,023 2,094 18.26% 9.76%
Black or African American alone (NH) 16,263 17,277 73.82% 80.49%
Native American or Alaska Native alone (NH) 34 24 0.15% 0.11%
Asian alone (NH) 135 87 0.61% 0.41%
Pacific Islander alone (NH) 1 1 0.00% 0.00%
Some Other Race alone (NH) 31 87 0.14% 0.41%
Mixed race or Multiracial (NH) 269 478 1.22% 2.23%
Hispanic or Latino (any race) 1,274 1,417 5.78% 6.60%
Total 22,030 21,465 100.00% 100.00%


South Holland is in Illinois's 2nd congressional district.

Notable people


South Holland is served by several school districts:

Thornton Township High School District 205[16] serves all of South Holland.

Thornwood High School is located in South Holland. Thornridge High School and Thornton Township High School are also within District 205.

The private K-8 schools, Calvin Christian School and Calvary Academy, are located in South Holland. Seton Academy was a Catholic co-educational high school located in the village. It was formerly an all-girls school until 2003 when boys were admitted. Seton Academy closed on June 30, 2016.[17] Christ our Savior School and Holy Ghost School also were once both in South Holland, but both have been closed by the Chicago Archdiocese.

South Holland is home to the main campus of South Suburban College.[18]


Pace provides bus service on multiple routes connecting South Holland to destinations across the Southland.[19]

In literature

The 1925 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel So Big by Edna Ferber is set in South Holland. The Widow Paarlberg inspired one of the main characters and her family farm is preserved in a municipal park.

The 2021 novel "Termination Shock" by Neal Stephenson includes a lead character, child of a conservative Dutch father and Indonesian mother, who spends his childhood in South Holland during the 1950s and 1960s. Though the town isn't named its description in the novel fits only South Holland, Illinois during that time period.


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  3. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. October 25, 2007. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  4. ^ "South Holland village, Illinois profile". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 26, 2022.
  5. ^ "Most Livable Metro-Area Suburbs". Forbes. October 11, 2007.
  6. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. February 12, 2011. Retrieved April 23, 2011.
  7. ^ "G001 - Geographic Identifiers - 2010 Census Summary File 1". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on February 13, 2020. Retrieved December 25, 2015.
  8. ^ "Decennial Census of Population and Housing by Decades". US Census Bureau.
  9. ^ a b "P2: Hispanic or Latino, and Not Hispanic or Latino by Race – 2010: DEC Redistricting Data (PL 94-171) - South Holland village, Illinois". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 26, 2024.
  10. ^ a b "P2: Hispanic or Latino, and Not Hispanic or Latino by Race – 2020: DEC Redistricting Data (PL 94-171) - South Holland village, Illinois". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 26, 2024.
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  12. ^ Martin, Michelle (September 6, 2018). "Bishop Ronald Hicks: Service to orphans changed his life". Chicago Catholic. Retrieved October 9, 2021.
  13. ^ Seidel, Jon (March 13, 2014). "Former Ald. Robert Shaw to run for mayor". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved November 18, 2020.
  14. ^ South Holland School District 150
  15. ^ "South Holland School District 151". Archived from the original on April 8, 2000. Retrieved May 11, 2007.
  16. ^ Thornton Township High School District 205
  17. ^ "Seton Academy / Overview". Archived from the original on October 22, 2016. Retrieved October 21, 2016.
  18. ^ South Suburban College
  19. ^ "RTA System Map" (PDF). Retrieved February 1, 2024.