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Village of Alsip, Illinois

  •   State: 
    Cook County
      County FIPS: 
    41°40′14″N 87°43′56″W
      Area total: 
    6.63 sq mi (17.16 km²)
      Area land: 
    6.53 sq mi (16.90 km²)
      Area water: 
    0.10 sq mi (0.26 km²)
    1840; Incorporated 1840
  •   Latitude: 
      Dman name cbsa: 
    Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI
    Eastern Standard Time (EST) UTC-5:00; Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) UTC-4:00
      ZIP codes: 

    Alsip, Cook County, Illinois, United States

  •   Population: 
      Population density: 
    2,921.53 residents per square mile of area (1,127.97/km²)
      Household income: 
      Unemployment rate: 
  •   Sales taxes: 
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Alsip was settled in the 1830s by German and Dutch farmers. The village is named after Frank Alsip, the owner of a brickyard that opened there in 1885. It began to grow after the Tri-State Tollway was built there in 1959. It is located at 41°4014N 87°4356W (41.670433, -87.732199) and is part of the Chicago metropolitan area. Most of the town lies to the north of the Cal-Sag Channel, but Chippewa Ridge subdivision lies southwest of the channel. In conjunction with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources and the Water Reclamation District of Chicago, the village operates a boat launch on the canal, permitting inland access to Lake Michigan. Emmett Till, whose murder in Mississippi at age 14 in 1955 was an important moment in the Civil Rights Movement, is buried at Burr Oak. In 2004, that cemetery was covered in the national media when the murder investigation was re-opened, and Till's body was exhumed. The top five non-African American, non-Hispanic ancestries reported in Al'sip as of the 2000 census were Irish (17.1%), German (14.0%), Polish (9.7%), Italian (4.8%) and English (3.5%). As of the 2020 census there were 19,063 people, 7,796 households, and 4,455 families residing in the village.


Alsip is the primary city name, but also Chicago, Merrionett Pk, Merrionette Park are acceptable city names or spellings. The official name is Village of Alsip, Illinois. Alsip is located at 41°4014N 87°4356W (41.670433, -87.732199) It is bordered to the west by the villages of Worth and Palos Heights. The Mount Greenwood neighborhood of Chicago lies to the north and east. The Alsip area is home to two predominantly African-American cemeteries, Burr Oak and Restvale. Emmett Till, whose murder in Mississippi at age 14 in 1955 was an important moment in the Civil Rights Movement, is buried at Burr Oak. In 2004, that cemetery was covered in the national media when the murder investigation was re-opened, and Till's body was exhumed. Six years later, on July 9, 2010, Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart alleged that four workers at BurrOak cemetery dug up more than 200 graves, dumped the bodies into unmarked mass graves, and resold the plots to unsuspecting members of the public. In conjunction with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources and the Water Reclamation District of Chicago, the village operates a boat launch on the Cal-Sag Channel, permitting inland access to Lake Michigan. The village has a total area of 6.63 square miles (17.17 km²), of which 6.53 square miles. (16.91 km²) (or 98.49%) is land and 0.10 squaremile (0.26 km²%) (or 1.51%) is water. It has a population of 2,838.


As of the 2020 census there were 19,063 people, 7,796 households, and 4,455 families residing in the village. The top five non-African American, non-Hispanic ancestries reported in Alsip as of the 2000 census were Irish (17.1%), German (14.0%), Polish (9.7%), Italian (4.8%) and English (3.5%). There were 8,016 housing units at an average density of 1,209.96 per square mile (467.17/km²) The racial makeup of the village was 51.58% White, 22.48% African American, 1.95% Asian, 0.70% Native American, 12.20% from other races, and 11.05% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 26.52% of the population. The village's age distribution consisted of 23.5% under the age of 18, 8.3% from 18 to 24, 26.3%. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.3 males. The average household size was 3.27 and the average family size was 2.41. The median income was $58,768, and the median income for a family was $72,444. About 7.7% of families were below the poverty line, including 4.0% of those under age 18. The per capita income for the village is $30,308.


Most of Alsip is in Illinois's 1st congressional district. The portion north of 115th Street, and the city block northeast of 119th Street and Lawndale Avenue, are in the 3rd district.Policy-making and legislative authority are vested in the governing Village Board. The Village Clerk is an ex officio member of the Board and does not vote. All Board members serve four-year terms, with the Village President, the Village Clerk, and three Trustees elected usually on the first Tuesday in April following Presidential election year. Each trustee and the mayor serve on one or more committees or commissions which oversee government functions. There are also a finance director who helps guide the government on fiduciary matters and a law firm that serves as the village attorneys to guide the village on legal matters. Beginning with those elected in the April 4, 2017 election, no person may hold the office of Village President or Village Clerk for more than three consecutive four year terms. The current Village government, as of May 2019 (with the year their term ends), is:Mayor: John D. Ryan (2021)Village Clerk: Susan M. Petzel (20 21)Trustee: Richard S. Dalzell (2023)   Trustee: Christine L. McLawhorn (20 23)   trustee: Michael J. Zielinski (2021)   trustee: Monica M. Juarez (2022)  trustee: Catalina Nava-Esparza (1922).


The town of Alsip is in Cook County, Illinois. The town is home to the Marist High School and the Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School. The city is also home to Moraine Valley Community College and the University of Illinois at Chicago. The school district is part of Cook County School District 130. The community college district is a part of Community High School District 218. The high school district's students go to Chicago Christian High School, which is affiliated with the Christian Brothers. The private school district has a number of private and parochial schools for girls and women. It also has a private high school for boys and a private girls' school for girls. The district also has an elementary and secondary school for students in the middle and high school grades. It has a community college for students who attend community high school and community college in the high school grade level or higher. It is also the home of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, a private military college in Chicago. It was founded by the United States Marine Corps in 1867. It opened in 1871. The name is still used today as a reference to the town's military history. It's also known as the "Alsip-Hazelgreen-Oaklawn School District 126" and the "Atwood Heights School District 125" It is located in Oak Lawn, a suburb of Chicago. In the town, there are several elementary and junior high schools and one middle school.

Business and industry

Alsip is home to the international headquarters of Griffith Laboratories. Alsip MiniMill is a producer of corrugating medium using Old Corrugated Containers (OCC) as the primary raw material. One of the two Chicago area Coca-Cola bottling plants is located in Alsips. The city is located on the banks of the Chicago River. It has a population of around 2,000. The town has a history of being involved in the construction of railroads. It is also the site of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' World War II-era Alford Army Base. It was also the location of the World War I-era St. Louis Army Ammunition Plant. It also is the birthplace of the American Civil War, which was fought from 1871 to 1883. It's also the home of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, which dates back to 1881. The U.N. has a consulate in the city, which opened in 1881 and is still there today. It hosts a number of international conferences, including the World Economic Forum, the World Trade Center, and the World Science Center. The mayor of the city is a former mayor of Chicago, Illinois, who served from 1961 to 1971. The current mayor is John McWhorter, who was elected to office in 1974. He was re-elected in 1980 and again in 1984. He served as mayor for a third time in 2010.

Air Quality, Water Quality, Superfund Sites & UV Index

The Air Quality index is in Alsip, Cook County, Illinois = 6.8. These Air Quality index is based on annual reports from the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The number of ozone alert days is used as an indicator of air quality, as are the amounts of seven pollutants including particulates, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, lead, and volatile organic chemicals. The Water Quality Index is 31. A measure of the quality of an area’s water supply as rated by the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The EPA has a complex method of measuring the watershed quality, using 15 indicators such as pollutants, turbidity, sediments, and toxic discharges. The Superfund Sites Index is 10. Higher is better (100=best). Based upon the number and impact of EPA Superfund pollution sites in the county, including spending on the cleanup efforts. The UV Index in Alsip = 3.6 and is a measure of an area's exposure to the sun's ultraviolet rays. This is most often a combination of sunny weather, altitude, and latitude. The UV Index has been defined by the WHO ( and is uniform worldwide.


The most recent city population of 19,063 individuals with a median age of 36.8 age the population grows by 0.33% in Alsip, Cook County, Illinois population since 2000 and are distributed over a density of 2,921.53 residents per square mile of area (1,127.97/km²). There are average 2.59 people per household in the 7,609 households with an average household income of $56,380 a year. The unemployment rate in Alabama is 10.80% of the available work force and has dropped -4.37% over the most recent 12-month period and the projected change in job supply over the next decade based on migration patterns, economic growth, and other factors will increase by 20.46%. The number of physicians in Alsip per 100,000 population = 255.4.


The annual rainfall in Alsip = 36 inches and the annual snowfall = 39.1 inches. The annual number of days with measurable precipitation (over .01 inch) = 121. The average number of days per year that are predominantly sunny = 192. 85 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily high temperature for the month of July and 16.9 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily low temperature for the month of January. The Comfort Index (higher=better) is 47, where higher values mean a more pleasant climate. The Comfort Index measure recognizes that humidity by itself isn't the problem. (Have you noticed nobody ever complains about the weather being 'cold and humid?) It's in the summertime that we notice the humidity the most, when it's hot and muggy. Our Comfort Index uses a combination of afternoon summer temperature and humidity to closely predict the effect that the humidity will have on people.

Median Home Cost

The percentage of housing units in Alsip, Cook County, Illinois which are owned by the occupant = 62.96%. A housing unit is a house, apartment, mobile home, or room occupied as separate living quarters. The average age of homes = 35 years with median home cost = $144,340 and home appreciation of -4.55%. This is the value of the years most recent home sales data. Its important to note that this is not the average (or arithmetic mean). The median home price is the middle value when you arrange all the sales prices of homes from lowest to highest. This is a better indicator than the average, because the median is not changed as much by a few unusually high or low values. The property tax rate of $16.10 shown here is the rate per $1,000 of home value. If for simplification for example the tax rate is $14.00 and the home value is $250,000, the property tax would be $14.00 x ($250,000/1000), or $3500. This is the 'effective' tax rate.


The local school district spends $4,840 per student. There are 16.4 students for each teacher in the school. 2907.29% of the area’s population over the age of 25 with an Associate Degree or other 2-year college degree, 10.20% with a master’s degree, Ph.D. or other advanced college degree and 3.72% with high school diplomas or high school equivalency degrees (GEDs).

  • Alsip's population in Cook County, Illinois of 3,008 residents in 1900 has increased 6,34-fold to 19,063 residents after 120 years, according to the official 2020 census.

    Approximately 51.14% female residents and 48.86% male residents live in Alsip, Cook County, Illinois.

    As of 2020 in Alsip, Cook County, Illinois are married and the remaining 46.52% are single population.

  • 34.4 minutes is the average time that residents in Alsip require for a one-way commute to work. A long commute can have different effects on health. A Gallup poll in the US found that in terms of mental health, long haul commuters are up to 12 percent more likely to experience worry, and ten percent less likely to feel well rested. The Gallup poll also found that of people who commute 61­–90 minutes each day, a whopping one third complained of neck and back pain, compared to less than a quarter of people who only spend ten minutes getting to work.

    81.09% of the working population which commute to work alone in their car, 8.63% of the working population which commutes to work in a carpool, 6.75% of the population that commutes using mass transit, including bus, light rail, subway, and ferry. 1.63% of the population that has their home as their principal place of work.

  • Of the total residential buildings in Alsip, Cook County, Illinois, 62.96% are owner-occupied homes, another 32.67% are rented apartments, and the remaining 4.37% are vacant.

  • The 56.06% of the population in Alsip, Cook County, Illinois who identify themselves as belonging to a religion are distributed among the following most diverse religions.

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