Worth, Illinois
The Friendly Village, It's Worth a Trip
Location of Worth in Cook County, Illinois.
Location of Illinois in the United States
Coordinates: 41°41′20″N 87°47′34″W / 41.68889°N 87.79278°W / 41.68889; -87.79278Coordinates: 41°41′20″N 87°47′34″W / 41.68889°N 87.79278°W / 41.68889; -87.79278
Country United States
TownshipsWorth, Palos
 • TypeTrustee-village
 • PresidentMary Werner (IND)
 • Total2.38 sq mi (6.17 km2)
 • Land2.37 sq mi (6.13 km2)
 • Water0.01 sq mi (0.03 km2)  0.42%
 • Total10,789
 • Estimate 
 • Density4,417.90/sq mi (1,705.97/km2)
 Down 2.34% from 2000
Standard of living (2007-11)
 • Per capita income$27,271
 • Median home value$193,200
ZIP code(s)
Area code(s)708
FIPS code17-83518
Demographics (2010)[3]
White Black Asian
90.0% 2.6% 1.9%
Islander Native Other Hispanic
(any race)
0.01% 0.2% 5.3% 11.4%

Worth is a village in Cook County, Illinois, United States, a suburb of Chicago.


Worth is located at 41°41′20″N 87°47′34″W / 41.68889°N 87.79278°W / 41.68889; -87.79278 (41.688827, -87.792659).[4]

According to the 2010 census, Worth has a total area of 2.383 square miles (6.17 km2), of which 2.37 square miles (6.14 km2) (or 99.45%) is land and 0.013 square miles (0.03 km2) (or 0.55%) is water.[5]


Historical population
Census Pop.
2019 (est.)10,466[2]−3.0%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]

As of the 2010 census,[7] there were 10,789 people, 4,304 households, 2,726 families residing in the village. The population density was 4,634.4 people per square mile (1,792.1/km2). There were 4,557 housing units [8] at an average density of 1,893.3 per square mile (732.1/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 92.43% White, 1.59% African American, 0.18% Native American, 1.22% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 2.18% from other races, and 2.37% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.06% of the population.

The top four ancestries reported in Worth as of the 2000 census were German (23.4%), Irish (22.7%), Polish (20.3%) and Italian (10.1%).[9]

There were 4,304 households, out of which 29.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.4% were married couples living together, 12.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.2% were non-families. 30.8% of all households were made up of individuals, and 10.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.48 and the average family size was 3.15.

In the village, the population was spread out, with 23.5% under the age of 18, 9.5% from 18 to 24, 31.4% from 25 to 44, 21.6% from 45 to 64, and 14.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females, there were 96.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.0 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $42,723, and the median income for a family was $51,523. Males had a median income of $38,007 versus $28,492 for females. The per capita income for the village was $19,449. About 7.0% of families and 9.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.6% of those under age 18 and 5.7% of those age 65 or over.

Village government

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The Village of Worth operates under a President-Trustee form of Government with a Village President (Mayor) and a Village Board composed of six Village Trustees (Councilmen / Aldermen) elected at large.

The elected officials are:

All six trustees are elected at large with three being elected at the same time as the President and three being elected two years later.

The Village of Worth has separately elected boards, independent of the Village to administer:

State and federal government

Worth is divided between two congressional districts. Most of the village is in Illinois' 3rd congressional district which is represented by Marie Newman (D-Chicago); the area south of 115th Street and east of Harlem Avenue, and also between 114th Place and 115th Street from Harlem to Oak Park Avenue, is in the Illinois' 1st congressional district which is represented by Bobby Rush (D-Chicago).

Worth is located within 18th State Senate District, which is represented by Edward Maloney (D-Chicago); and located in the 35th Representative District, which is represented by William Cunningham (D-Chicago), and the 36th Representative District, which is represented by Kelly Burke (D-Evergreen Park).

Township and county government

The village of Worth is located in the 6th and 17th County Board Districts. Worth is in two townships - east of Harlem Avenue is Worth Township, and west of Harlem Avenue is Palos Township.


The North Palos Fire Protection District operates Station #3 in Worth.[10]


Worth is served by several public school districts.[11] Worth School District 127 operates public elementary and middle schools.[12]

Some residents are zoned to Alan B. Shepard High School of Community High School District 218 and others are zoned to Amos Alonzo Stagg High School of Consolidated High School District 230.[12][13]

Moraine Valley Community College is the area community college.[12]

Worth Public Library District operates public libraries.[14]


Worth has a station on Metra's SouthWest Service, which provides daily rail service between Manhattan, Illinois and Chicago Union Station.


  1. ^ "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 14, 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". United States Census Bureau. May 24, 2020. Retrieved May 27, 2020.
  3. ^ "Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (DP-1): Worth village, Illinois". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Archived from the original on February 12, 2020. Retrieved March 20, 2013.
  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". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  7. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  8. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 26, 2013.
  9. ^ "Profile of General Demographic Characteristics, Worth, Illinois" (PDF). (38.9 KiB). U.S. Census Bureau. Accessed 2007-04-14.
  10. ^ "Station 3." North Palos Fire Protection District. Retrieved on January 20, 2017. "7116 W. 111th St. Worth, IL 60482"
  11. ^ "Zoning Map." Village of Worth. Retrieved on January 20, 2017.
  12. ^ a b c "New Resident." Village of Worth. Retrieved on January 20, 2017.
  13. ^ "Attendance Areas Archived 2017-02-02 at the Wayback Machine." Consolidated High School District 230. Retrieved on January 19, 2017.
  14. ^ Home. Worth Public Library District. Retrieved on January 20, 2017.