Worth Township
Location in Cook County
Cook County's location in Illinois
Coordinates: 41°41′21″N 87°44′43″W / 41.68917°N 87.74528°W / 41.68917; -87.74528Coordinates: 41°41′21″N 87°44′43″W / 41.68917°N 87.74528°W / 41.68917; -87.74528
CountryUnited States
 • SupervisorPatricia J Murphy
 • Total32.23 sq mi (83.48 km2)
 • Land31.9 sq mi (82.5 km2)
 • Water0.38 sq mi (0.98 km2)  1.17%
594 ft (181 m)
 • Estimate 
 • Density4,792/sq mi (1,850.1/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP codes
60406, 60415, 60445, 60453, 60455, 60456, 60459, 60463, 60472, 60482 60655, 60803, 60805
FIPS code17-031-83531

Worth Township is one of 29 townships in Cook County, Illinois. As of the 2010 census, its population was 152,633,[2] with its most populous municipalities including Oak Lawn (pop. 56,690), Evergreen Park (19,852), Alsip (pop. 19,277), and Chicago Ridge (pop. 14,305). It was founded in 1849, when the county voted to subdivide itself into townships.

The township hall is located at 11601 S. Pulaski Road in Alsip. Other township municipalities include Hometown and Merrionette Park, as well as portions of Blue Island, Crestwood, Worth, Palos Heights, Robbins and Bridgeview. Worth Township's approximate borders are Harlem Avenue (Illinois Route 43) on the west, 87th Street on the north, Western Avenue on the east and 135th Street on the south. The township, however, does not include the parts of the city of Chicago (namely, zip code 60655, which is mostly the Mount Greenwood neighborhood) that lie within these boundaries. Near its southern boundary, the township is crossed by the Cal-Sag Channel.


According to the United States Census Bureau, Worth Township covers an area of 32.23 square miles (83.5 km2); of this, 31.85 square miles (82.5 km2) (98.83 percent) is land and 0.38 square miles (0.98 km2) (1.17 percent) is water.

The township covers 31.9 square miles (83 km2) and holds 62,042 dwellings as of the 2010 census. The population is 79.6% White (71.3% White Non-Hispanic), 9.9% Black, 0.3% American Indian or Alaska Native, 1.7% Asian, 0.05% Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, 6.2% some other race, and 2.2% two or more races. Hispanic or Latino people of any race made up 15.7% of the population.[3]


Worth Township is bordered on the north by Stickney Township and the Chicago community of Ashburn, on the west by Palos Township, on the south by Bremen Township, and on the east by Calumet Township and the Chicago communities of Beverly, Mount Greenwood and Morgan Park.

Cities, towns, villages

The south edge of the city of Chicago is within this township geographically but is a separate entity.

Adjacent townships


The township contains these fifteen cemeteries: Beverly Memorial Park, Burr Oak Cemetery, Chapel Hills Gardens South, Ever Rest (historical), Evergreen, First Evangelical Lutheran, Hazel Green, Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Lincoln Cemetery, Mount Greenwood, Mount Hope, Oak Hill, Restvale Cemetery, Saint Benedict Catholic and Saint Mary's.

Major highways

Airports and landing strips



Historical population
Census Pop.
2016 (est.)151,412[1]
U.S. Decennial Census[4]


Worth Township is governed by 8 elected officials, chosen every four years. The current administration is:


Worth Township is served by three public high school districts: Community High School District 218 (Dwight D. Eisenhower High School, Harold L. Richards High School and Alan B. Shepard High School), Oak Lawn Community High School District 229 and Evergreen Park Community High School District 231.

Trinity Christian College is located in Worth Township, in Palos Heights.

Political districts

Record pension

In 2002, Lawrence Hupe, the Worth Township school treasurer, retired with one of the largest government pensions in Illinois after receiving annual bonuses exceeding 25% of his salary in the last five years of his 25-year service. At $153,835, Hupe's pension exceeded the state governor's salary. His employer, the Worth Township Board of School Trustees, reported to the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund that Hupe took home an extra $302,000 above his salary between 1998 and 2002. Hupe claimed that the additional payments were in lieu of unused annual leave. Hupe's successor was paid a salary of $87,500, just 57% of Hupe's pension.[5]


  1. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  2. ^ "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (DP-1): Worth township, Cook County, Illinois". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Archived from the original on February 10, 2020. Retrieved March 21, 2013.
  3. ^ "Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (DP-1): Worth township, Cook County, Illinois". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Archived from the original on February 10, 2020. Retrieved March 21, 2013.
  4. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2016.
  5. ^ Tim Novak, "Mystery cash eases retirement", Chicago Sun-Times, April 9, 2003.